Coming soon to Gland: A green building that doesn’t cost the Earth

17 June 2008 | News story

IUCN is transforming its current headquarters into a Conservation Centre which will set a benchmark in sustainable construction.

With building work now underway it’s clear that building green is no longer a choice, it’s an obligation. 

“As an increasing number of individuals and governments are starting to realize, green building is an excellent way to reduce emissions and mitigate climate change,” says IUCN’s Director General, Julia Marton-Lefèvre. “On top of our obligations as citizens to do all we can to reduce our carbon footprint, we can now demonstrate savings in long-term operating costs as well.”

The new building will incorporate a series of innovative green building techniques while operating within tight cost constraints. The expert team of sustainable architects, partners, consultants and engineers are designing and constructing the building to meet three ambitious environmental building standards – LEED Platinum, Minergie-P and Minergie-Eco.

The conclusion of the partners present at the groundbreaking ceremony in Gland on Monday, which included representatives of local and national Swiss government along with business partners, is that sustainable construction doesn’t have to cost the Earth.

“It is important for us to show that it is possible to construct buildings which are environmentally-friendly at a reasonable price,” adds IUCN’s Director General, Julia Marton-Lefèvre.

With its new headquarters, IUCN is setting an example for others to follow.

“In doing all we can to reach both the Minergie and LEED building standards, we hope to share knowledge and experience and influence others to do the same,” says IUCN’s Director General, Julia Marton-Lefèvre.