Green Building Council

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Logo of the World Green Building Council, which acts as an umbrella organization for existing, emerging and developing GBCs around the world

A Green Building Council (GBC) is national non-profit, non-government organization that is part of a global network recognized by the World Green Building Council [1]. GBCs are "transparent, consensus-based, not-for-profit coalition-based organizations with no private ownership and diverse and integrated representation from all sectors of the property industry;" and their overarching goal is promote a transformation of the built environment towards one that is sustainable (buildings and cities that are environmentally sensitive, economically viable, socially just and culturally significant).[1]

Green Building Councils around the World[edit]

As of October 2012, there are at least 20 nations with established GBCs, seven recognized as "emerging" members, and dozens more in the development process.[2]

The 20 established councils are

Growth in numbers of Councils[edit]

As of Spring 2014 there are around 100 Green Building Councils at various stages of their development.

Many of these are growing rapidly and aspire to become full members. The successful model set by the Established Councils and overseen by the World Green Building Council (WGBC) supports and guides this growth – offering a powerful framework.

An example of this growth is the Green Building Council Russia, RuGBC,[15] formed in 2009 and now seeking Emerging Status. Growth in the CIS countries accompanies growth in the number of Green Construction projects in those countries, e.g. those certified to LEED.

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