World Plumbing Council, World Green Building Council sign MoU

TORONTO, ONT. -- The World Plumbing Council (WPC) and World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) have agreed to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work together to achieve common objectives toward the conservation of water and energy related to building construction and operation.

The WPC and the WorldGBC acknowledge that sustainability for the build environmenbt presents a great challenge for the communities around the world and that buildings account for a significant percentage of the resources, enegy and water used globally. The organizations are therefore committed to ensuring the materials and techniques with which buildings are constructed, as well as the systems they incorporate, not only support health, safety and amenity, but also consider the impact they have on the environment and adapt to the changing climate conditions.

The MoU defines a collaborative partnership to achieve the following:

  • improved efficiency of buildings in both energy consumption and water usage
  • reduction in the greenhouse gas emissions and ecological footprint of buildings
  • adaption of construction outcomes to regional climate changes
  • development of capacity in all phases of design, construction and maintenance to realize these goals.

The MoU was signed by WPC Chairman GP Russ Chaney and WorldGBC Chairman Tony Arnel prior to the start of the WGBC Congress 2011 -- Toronto, Ontario, Canada, October 3-4.

"It is quite evident the plumbing industry can make major contributions to water and energy conservation, thus we are committed to this initiative and the many synergies that are present between the WPC and the WorldGBC," Chaney said.

"Plumbing is at the heart of any building and the plumbing industry is at the frontline when it comes to water and energy saving in the built environment. The WorldGBC is delighted to the working together with the WPC to further the global green building agenda," Arnel said.

Founded in 1990, the WPC seeks to unite the world plumbing industry and promote the role of plumbing in improving public health and safeguarding the environment. It is represented in 24 countries and by 132 member organizations from all sectors of the plumbing industry.

The WorldGBC is a union of national green building councils from around the world, making it the largest international organization influencing the green building marketplace. The WorldGBC's mission is to be the global voice for green building councils and to facilitate the global transformation of the building industry towards sustainability.

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