World Green Building Week 2017

Environmental sustainability is always on our minds at ecodek® towers. World Green Building Week takes place from 25 September to 1st October.

World Green Building Week first took place in 2009 and is an annual event.   It is a flagship event of the global green building movement organised by the World Green Building Council (WGBC) and is led by its network of over 70 Green Building Councils and their 32,000 member companies. Their members and leaders from around the world showcase how their actions and leadership are helping to deliver green buildings in their own countries and to celebrate the positive outcomes they lead to.

Did you know that buildings contribute to climate change?   It’s surprising to hear they account for over a third of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. All new buildings must operate at net zero carbon from 2030

In order to achieve this target, (WGBC) have two sets of goals that :-

  1. All new buildings must operate at net zero carbon from 2030
  2. 100% of buildings – new and existing – must operate at net zero carbon by 2050

This year the World Green Building Council (WGBC) are focusing on winning the fight against climate change and making all buildings net zero by 2050 under the banner #OurHeroIsZero. Net zero buildings are highly energy efficient buildings which generate or supply the energy they need from renewable sources.

By working together all over the world, WGBC demonstrates their global diversity and emphasises their collective mission to create sustainable built environments. Our product mix of 40% recycled HDPE polymer and 50% reclaimed hardwood from sustainably managed forests, make ecodek® 100% recyclable and composed of 95% recycled materials.

So how can we keep our buildings green? There are just a couple of ways, by encouraging builders to identify waste or demolition products which can be reused or recycled, keeping our environment green, preserving nature, ensuring a diverse wildlife and land quality are protected.   The attached link lists a guide on how to keep our buildings green.

So how can you get involved in World Green Building Week? There are many ways, you can either donate a social media post through the thunderclap campaign or take and share a poster #OurHeroIsZero and pose with friends and colleagues and your building. You can also contact or visit the website of your local Green Building Council for more information. Find out if there is a GBC in your country by visiting the Member Directory on our website.

It’s great news for us at ecodek® towers this week, as we found out that we have won the Sustainable Building Award for Best Composite Decking Manufacturer. It certainly raises our profile, especially with ecodek® having been specified for the roof terrace at the redevelopment of Southbank Tower in London, a prime residential development that comprises 173 luxury apartments and 11 additional storeys.   Check out the article about us in Build 2017 magazine.

It’s a testament to the company’s success – well done team!   The award takes pride of place in our reception area at ecodek® towers and is this week’s featured image.

Tomorrow, a couple of us from ecodek® towers are taking part in the Great British Beach Clean at Llandudno north shore beach.   It’s definitely something we feel passionate about and if you are taking part you will notice a couple of us wearing our new pink ecodek® shirts working together caring for our coastline.   Stayed tuned for a further blog post on this event.

It would be great to hear from you if you are you getting involved in World Green Building Week.  Leave us a comment in the comments field below.

 

 


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