In order to pave the way for the best possible building energy and GHG emissions abatement in our four priority regions, the GBPN runs a global research programme.
The GBPN conducts global research and analysis to advance knowledge and expertise that can initiate and foster the implementation of ambitious policies in the regions. Our global research aims to:
- Support the rapid development and implementation of stringent energy performance codes and supporting policy-packages for new and existing buildings;
- Model, define and monitor progress toward achieving the abatement potential of the building sector;
- Identify best-practice policy pathways which serve as benchmarks for regional policy innovation;
- Provide the industry with the best reliable data on building energy and policy performance;
- Develop strategies for capturing the GHG abatement potential of the entire building value chain and the significant co-benefits of broader green building and sustainable city policy;
- Maximising the learning between regions.
Creating knowledge and data to support the Deep Path
The Global Research Programme aims to create knowledge and data that support the development of practical roadmaps that can move each of the regional jurisdictions towards the Deep Path of energy savings in buildings to achieve more than 2.2 Gt CO2 abatement globally by 2030 and 3.2 Gt CO2 by 2050 compared to today’s carbon emissions.
- Net zero energy performance in new buildings;
- Increased rate of deep renovation of existing buildings.
Each of our four regions is starting at a different point, so the development of each regional roadmap is informed by global research on common priority issues. Our research on state of the art policies towards Net Zero energy for New Buildings and Deep Renovation of the Existing Building Stock, will cover the following topics:
- Financing and co-benefits
- Performance codes, data and mandatory rating and disclosure policies
- Policies for integrated renewable energy in buildings developments
- Compliance with mandatory performance requirements
- [Event] Webinar on Deep Renovation #2, 11th December
- [Tool] Linked Open Data to Stimulate Better Building Policies
- [Tool] Why launch a Knowledge Platform?
- [Tool] Discover our New Look & Feel
- [Report] The Critical Need for Transparent and Reliable Building Performance Data
- [Report] The GBPN Compares Building Energy Efficiency Policies for New Buildings
- [Report] The GBPN Defines the Concept of Deep Renovation
- [Event] GBPN to Contribute in Two High-Profile Conferences in India, April 2013
- [Project] EnergyEfficiency 2030 - GBPN Joins Forces to Tackle Growing Energy Demand of Appliances, Buildings and Industry
- [Project] The GBPN and REEEP Launch the “1 Billion Square Meters” Initiative: An effort to Promote Residential Positive Energy Buildings
- [Event] Second GBPN Annual Building Sector Symposium, 27th and 28th of May
- [Event] The GBPN at ECEEE Summer Study, Meet us There!
- [Report] Why Buildings Hold the Key To a Low-Carbon Future
- [Event] Webinar "Getting the Building Codes right" - 13 November 2013 - 4 p.m CET
- [Event] UNEP-SBCI Fall Symposium - 25-26 November 2013 - Paris, France
- [Event] GBPN goes to COP19 in Warsaw
- [Event] Webinar "Getting Building Codes Right" - 11 December 2013 - 5 p.m CET
- [Event] Webinar "Getting Building Codes Right" - 10 February 2014 - 5.00 p.m CET
- [Event] Meet us at World Sustainable Energy Days 2014
- [Report] Video Recordings of our Series of Webinars "Getting Building Codes Right"
- [Tool] New Interactive Tool for Building Better Energy Renovation Policies
- [Event] New Webinar Series – How To Save Energy Using Renovation Policy Measures
- [Event] Webinar "Front-Runners in Energy Renovation Policies: What can we Learn from Them?"
- [Report] Webinar #1: Front Runners in Energy Renovation Policies
- [Project] Pushing Green Frontiers in Southeast Asia
- [Project] The GBPN joins the UNEP-SBCI
- [Event] Meet Us at EE Global, 20 & 21 May: How Do We Up-Scale Best Practices?
- [Event] Webinar: The Role of Energy Saving Targets and Regulatory Measures in Renovation Policy Packages – Key Lessons from Global Best Practices
- [Tool] New Interactive Tool for Building Energy Performance Scenarios (BEPS)
- [Report] Key Recommendations from EE Global Interactive Learning Session
- [Report] Climate Change: Implications for Buildings
- [Report] Webinar #2: The Role of Energy Saving Targets and Regulatory Measures in Renovation Policy Packages – Key Lessons from Global Best Practices
- [Report] Best Practice Building Codes: Insights from Policy Makers
- [Report] A Comparative Analysis of Best Practice Renovation Policies from Europe and the United States
- [Event] Webinar #3: The Role of Labelling and Certification Schemes in Renovation Policy Packages
- [Event] GBPN, partner of the World Sustainable Energy Days 2015
- [Report] Webinar #3: The Role of Labelling and Certification Schemes in Renovation Policy Packages
- [Event] GBPN, partner of the Energivie Summit: Buildings and Climate Change
- [GBPN/BPIE Glossary] New connections with the Sustainable Construction Glossary
- [Report] Webinar #3: The Role of Labelling and Certification Schemes in Renovation Policy Packages
- [Event] Webinar #4: How to Upscale Deep Renovations Using Financial Mechanisms
- 2014 Highlights: Why Buildings Matter to tackle Climate Change
- [Report] Webinar #4: How to Upscale Deep Renovations Using Financial Mechanisms
- Season's Greetings: In 2015, Stay Tuned with GBPN Publications & Online Tools!
- [Report] Monetary Benefits of Ambitious Building Energy Policies
- [Event] World Sustainable Energy Days 2015
- [Report] What does climate change mean for you?
- [Report] Deep Building Renovation - International Policy Guidelines
- [Event] Buildings Day at COP21 - 3 December 2015, Paris
- [News] Climate success in Paris: the buildings sector’s key role
- [Event] Webinar - 22 October 2015 - Implementing Building Energy Codes: Status of Building Energy Code Development & Implementation Globally and in China, France and the USA
- [News] Content Available from the Webinar of 22 Oct 15 - Implementing Building Energy Codes
- [Event] Webinar - Implementing Building Energy Codes: Implementation & Compliance Actions, 12 November 2015, 4:00 p.m. CET
- [Webinar] Tools for Building Energy Efficiency: Resources for Policy Development - 24 Nov. 2015
- [News] New Report and Web Portal Support Greater Energy Savings from Buildings through International Collaboration on Building Energy Codes
- Join the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction!
- Meet GBPN at COP21
- [News] A global spotlight on energy efficiency in buildings
- [Webinar] Tracking Implementation of Building Energy Codes and Certification - 29 July 2016
Related Report Bundles
- Best Practice Policies for Low Carbon & Energy Buildings Based on Scenario Analysis
- Energy Efficiency and Energy Savings: A View from the Building Sector
- 强大的建筑数据: 政策发展的动力
- Robust Building Data: A Driver For Policy Development
- What is a Deep Renovation Definition?
- A Comparative Analysis of Building Energy Efficiency Policies for New Buildings
- Building Energy Efficiency: Best Practice Policies and Policy Packages
- Buildings For Our Future, The Deep Path for Closing the Emissions Gap in the Building Sector
- Climate Change: Implications for Buildings
- Designing and Implementing Best Practice Building Codes: Insights from Policy Makers
- Reducing Energy Demand in Existing Buildings: Learning from Best Practice Renovation Policies
- Monetary Benefits of Ambitious Building Energy Policies
- Deep Building Renovation - International Policy Guidelines
- Delivering Energy Savings in Buildings
Related Laboratory Projects
- Lessons learned from our building energy efficiency “Policy Comparative Tool”
- Comparing Data Quality
- How to organize a collective response by the building sector to the global issue of climate change?
- Why a Knowledge Pyramid?
- Collaborative Thinking: a Key Driver for Transformative Change in the Building Sector
- The Sad Story About New Buildings: the Real Energy Performance Unknown!
- How to Scale up the Best Deep Renovation Projects Across the World?
- ‘Bats’ – not ‘Sticks’: Building Energy Regulations Should Encourage Innovation
- "SMART BAHGS" for Policy Makers: How to Build up a Credible S.O.S?
- 100 Twitter Accounts Around Building Performance You Must Follow!
- We’re moving!
- The “How To” of Code Development
- Five Graphs on Current Best Practice Renovation Policies
- Coordinated Global Action is Necessary to Achieve the Buildings Sector's Mitigation Potential
- Open Data for a Change: A New Online Tool to Access Free Analysis of the Energy Savings Potential of Buildings
- New Tool for Building Energy Performance Scenarios (BEPS): Making the Black Box Transparent
- Integrating Renewable Energy Requirements in Building Codes is Key to Helping the Building Sector Achieve its Mitigation Potential
- A Guided Tour of Recently Launched Sustainable Building Initiatives
- Thoughts for 2015: URGENCY & AMBITION
- Time to Clean the Building Efficiency Garage and Get Organized to implement COP21 Commitments
- “There is no Plan B”: Vision is as important as Ambition to tackle climate change
- The Building Sector’s continuous ‘Volkswagen’ Moment
- Building the path to 1.5°C: What the Paris Agreement Means for Buildings & Construction
In the context of climate change mitigation, the abatement potential is the amount of mitigation that could be reduced over time. [Source: IPCC]
Deep Renovation or Deep Energy Renovation is a term for a building renovation that captures the full economic energy efficiency potential of improvements. This typically includes a focus on the building shell of existing buildings in order to achieve very high-energy performance. The renovated building consumes 75% less primary energy compared to the status of the existing building before the renovation. The energy consumption after renovation for heating, cooling, ventilation, hot water and lighting, is less than 60 kWh/m2/yr. (Definition often used in Europe) [Source: GBPN, 2012]
The calculated or measured amount of energy needed to meet the energy demand associated with a typical use of the buildings, which includes inter alia, energy used for heating, cooling, ventilation, hot water and lighting (EU). [Source: EPBD recast, 2010/31/EU]
NZEB are buildings that over a year are neutral, meaning that they deliver as much energy to the supply grids as they use from the grids. Seen in these terms they do not need any fossil fuel for heating, cooling, lighting or other energy uses although they sometimes draw energy from the grid. [Source: IEA (Laustsen J.) (2008) Energy Efficiency Requirements in Building Codes, Energy Efficiency Policies for New Buildings.]