Three scenarios explain the potential for the buildings sector to mitigate energy consumption in China, the EU, India and the USA. Depending on the scenario, by 2050, final energy use can increase 111% or can decrease by one-third, even with an increase in floor area of 127%. The ambitious scenario shows the benefit of taking today’s best practice to a global scale.
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- [Tool] New Interactive Tool for Building Energy Performance Scenarios (BEPS)
- [Report] Monetary Benefits of Ambitious Building Energy Policies
Low energy building indicates a building that has a better energy performance than the standard alternative/energy efficiency requirements in building codes. Low-energy buildings typically use high levels of insulation, energy efficient windows, low levels of air infiltration and heat recovery ventilation to lower heating and cooling energy. They may also use passive solar building design techniques or active solar technologies. These homes may also use hot water heat recycling technologies to recover heat from showers and dishwashers. [Source: European Commission (2009)]
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