Greater Energy Savings from Buildings: New Web Portal to Support International Collaboration on Building Energy Codes

Paris - September 10, 2015 - The International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC), in partnership with the Global Building Performance Network (GBPN) and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), today launched a new web portal to facilitate more efficient international exchange of practices and experiences in the implementation of building energy codes.

Effective implementation of energy codes ensures that buildings are built to code-required design, leading to the deployment of technologies and construction practices needed to realise the energy savings potential in the building sector. According to projections of the International Energy Agency, the global potential for energy savings in buildings is roughly 53 exajoules per year by 2050—equivalent to the combined building energy use in China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States in 2012. Capturing these energy savings would deliver a range of benefits: lower electricity and fuel costs for businesses and households; greater reliability in meeting energy demand without costly disruptions; and reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants that pose a threat to human health.

The new web portal provides information on building energy code implementation practices in 22 countries across a range of topics, including code development, code compliance and enforcement, capacity building and education, and rating of building materials. The information is organized by country in comprehensive summary documents and in a searchable online format that allows for comparison of code implementation approaches across countries. The site also features a newly-established network of experts to help link code practitioners and policymakers with code implementation resources and other professionals with relevant expertise.

Click here to access the web portal.

The web portal supports the building energy work streams of the G20 Energy Efficiency Action Plan, which was established at the G20 Brisbane Summit in November 2014, and the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate, a high-level international forum dedicated to reducing emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases. The development of the web portal was coordinated by the IPEEC Building Energy Efficiency Taskgroup (BEET), PNNL and GBPN, and benefitted from the participation of government representatives from major economies as well as non-governmental building energy experts.

Building energy experts will discuss key findings from the portal’s code implementation summaries in international webinars on October 22 and November 12. Further details on the webinars will be provided in advance at the Clean Energy Solutions Center.

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“Buildings account for around one-third of energy used world-wide. By developing more energy efficient new homes and commercial buildings and improving existing stock, countries can enhance their economic, environmental and health outcomes. Australia as co-chair of BEET, is delighted with the launch of this web-portal. This important tool will help countries collaborate and unlock more of the energy efficiency potential within our buildings by sharing ideas, skills and experiences.”
– Ms. Helen Bennett, General Manager, Energy Productivity, Australian Department of Industry and Science

“Improved implementation of building energy codes is critical to realizing the energy savings potential in the building sector. This new web portal provides a forum for sharing approaches to building code implementation that can accelerate improvements in energy performance and deliver greater cost savings for households and businesses.”
– Mr. Dave Turk, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Climate and Technology, U.S. Department of Energy

“By properly implementing existing building energy codes, countries can achieve a 30% reduction in projected building energy demand by 2030. Achieving the savings potential of current building energy codes builds confidence to increase the ambition of energy performance requirements and establishes the foundation for a low-carbon building market for decades. This web portal will facilitate learning and exchange of best practices between policymakers and practitioners, thus supporting this necessary market transformation.”
– Dr. Peter Graham, Executive Director, Global Buildings Performance Network

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For inquiries, please contact the Secretariat of the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation by email at contact@ipeec.org or by phone at +33 (0)1 40 57 65 24.