The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC), a non-profit, is the largest local-regional-global action network accelerating sustainability in the built environment. Its network of Green Building Councils operates in over 70 countries to promote sustainable practices within the industry. The Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment promotes “advanced climate leadership action from businesses, organisations, cities and subnational governments in decarbonising the built environment, to inspire others to take similar action and remove barriers to implementation.”
The WorldGBC identifies some of the solutions for achieving net zero in buildings. These include setting strong targets, access to sustainable finance, accurate data collection, deep retrofitting of existing buildings, and electrification. Replacing old gas boilers with heat pumps, installing rooftop solar panels, and upgrading to energy-efficient lighting can help to reduce a building’s carbon footprint.