Tuesday, July 5, 2016

World Green Building Council Aims for All Buildings to be Net-zero by 2050

According to Eco-Business, the World Green Building Council (WGBC) set a lofty goal to ensure all buildings are net-zero by 2050. Furthermore, all new buildings must be net-zero by 2030. This means each building will generate clean, renewable energy on-site and have no carbon footprint.

The WGBC has decided eight countries will serve as a pilot for the initiative--Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, India, the Netherlands, South Africa, and Sweden.

"This will be a long and challenging road but, together with the dedication and expertise of our Green Building Councils and partners, we can create a thriving market for highly-efficient buildings and make net zero the new normal," Terri Wills, CEO, World Green Building Council.

Of course, for such a major initiative, technical expertise will be needed and the project aims to train 75,000 professionals worldwide on net zero building by 2030, and 300,000 by 2050. Stay tuned for future blog posts to see how these positions will come to fruition and if/when they will make their way to the United States.

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