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Major businesses to ensure buildings are net zero emissions by 2050

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Engineering firm Integral Group, international property and infrastructure group Lendlease, and the product manufacturer the Roc wool Group have all joined the groundbreaking project, which aims for every single building – both new and existing – to operate at zero carbon emissions by 2050.

They are joined by the new funder Blackstone Ranch Institute, which supports high impact environmental projects that seek change on an international scale. The Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Climate Works Foundation have also previously supported the project.

11 Green Building Councils are participating in the project, including countries with some of the largest and fastest growing building markets.

Additional Green Building Councils in the WorldGBC network, including those who do not operate certification programmes in their market, will be participating in other aspects of the global project throughout 2017.

The goal to achieve a net zero emissions global building stock by 2050 is the means by which the building sector will help to deliver on the Paris Agreement, forged at COP21 in December 2015. It was in Paris that WorldGBC, its 74 Green Building Councils and their 32,000 member companies committed to reduce CO2 emissions from buildings by 84 gigatonnes by 2050 – what the International Energy Agency say is needed from the sector to keep global temperature rises to within 2 degrees.

As a global, deep green engineering consulting firm, Integral Group has designed over 65 net zero projects, several of which have been independently certified net zero through metered verification, producing more renewable energy each year than consumed.

Lendlease’s vision is to create the best places; places that improve the live ability of our cities and enrich the lives of people around the world.

Rockwool stone wool insulation has a large impact on achieving energy savings in buildings. By keeping out or retaining both heat and cold in buildings, Rockwool insulation reduces the need for additional heating and cooling, saving energy and consequently reducing energy demand, significantly impacting emissions.The Group has actively contributed to the construction and renovation of highly energy efficient buildings globally for decades.

The Cornell Tech High Rise in New York is one example where it has contributed to large CO2 savings. When compared to a conventional high-rise, this building will consume between 60 and 70 per cent less energy.

WorldGBC will publish a report in Spring 2017 highlighting the specific actions businesses, governments and NGOs (including Green Building Councils) must take in order to achieve 100 per cent net zero buildings by 2050.

The non profit organisation Architecture 2030 is the Lead Partner to WWorldGBC for the project.

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