The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) has launched a new digital case-study library and map to showcase and track the best examples of sustainable buildings globally. The library is open to online submissions by owners and tenants of buildings that meet net zero operational carbon targets and/or whose performance benefits the health of their occupants. These achievements must be backed by established verification programmes, rating tools or other third-party certification.
To meet net zero performance the building must achieve high levels of energy efficiency and/or generate sufficient renewable energy to meet demand for a consecutive 12 months. Healthy building performance must be certified by holistic green-building accreditation schemes.The platform also features ‘game changer’ projects – buildings that have achieved both health and net zero carbon performance. Information on these developments can be accessed online at www.WorldGBC.org/ case-study-library.
The library will be developed further according to changes in sustainability needs as well as the work of the WorldGBC’s global network of nearly 70 green building councils to link more closely to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The SA municipalities of eThekwini, Tshwane, Johannesburg and Cape Town are already listed in the library for a range of energy efficiency projects targeted at municipal buildings. Morocco’s industrial Noor Solar Complex has also been listed for its net zero operational carbon targets.