[Tool] Why launch a Knowledge Platform?

21-02-2013 | Global全球South-East AsiaSouth-East Asia

The GBPN Knowledge Platform aims to promote better decision-making to help the building sector effectively reduce its impact on climate change.

This Knowledge Platform is a unique global collaborative tool for sharing and curating global best knowledge and data on building performance best practice policies. It aims to enable key stakeholders from the building sector - researchers & experts, policy-makers from our regions, building professionals, members of governmental institutions and multilateral organisations - to gather around a common participatory tool and a common purpose: stimulating collective research and analysis on best policies that can deliver the global abatement potential of the building sector.

This platform is composed of four exclusive online tools:

  • The Report Database, a unique knowledge pyramid presenting all of our publications in 10 different formats. Users can browse our database and check out which steps of the GBPN knowledge pyramid best suits their information needs.
  • A Policy Comparative Tool, the first interactive tool enabling comparison of the world’s best practice policies for new buildings (residential and commercial), by reviewing 25 state of the art building energy efficiency codes and using 15 criteria developed with some of the world's leading experts in the field.
  • An interactive Glossary gathering key terms in the field of buildings energy performance to fill the lack of a common terminology by displaying new and detailed definitions.
  • The Laboratory, a platform dedicated to sharing and developing knowledge and ideas on how best to develop innovative building energy performance policies globally.

The website also connects to our Regional Hubs data portals:

  • Buildingsdata.eu, a comprehensive open data portal for energy efficiency in European buildings
  • Buildingrating.org, the leading online tool for sharing global intelligence and best practices on building rating and disclosure policies worldwide.

Based on a Linked Open Data technology, this platform provides full transparency on our data and research, as well as quality indexing.

To read more about this website, click here.

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Glossary

Energy efficiency codes set minimum requirements for the energy-efficient design and construction/renovation of new and existing buildings. [Source: Cochrane & Dunn (2010), Energy Codes 101: A Primer for Sustainability Policy Makers, Working Paper, Reservation Green Lab].

The ratio between the energy services provided and the energy consumed. Something is more energy efficient if it delivers more services for the same energy input, or the same services for less energy input. [Source: IEA Glossary]

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]

A collection of policies and programmes that support the implementation of a common goal.

The state of the art is the highest level of development, as of a device, technique, or scientific field achieved at a particular time. It also refers to the level of development (as of a device, procedure, process, technique, or science) reached at any particular time as a result of the latest methodologies employed. [Source: Wikipedia]