What We Do

The GBPN assists governments and industry policy makers to identify, adapt and implement policy best practices for low-energy, affordable and healthy buildings, contributing to low carbon and resilient cities.

 

Our mission is to provide intelligence to optimize building energy policies and accelerate net zero energy or positive energy for new buildings, deep renovation for existing buildings, and integrated renewables.

We focus on the economies with the largest potential for energy savings from buildings. Our current geographic focus is on India and South East Asia.

The GBPN works with a broad range of stakeholders, including governments, cities and local authorities, multilateral organisations, industry and NGOs. Our activities include capacity building for implementation, policy analysis and validation, and sharing of knowledge, data and best practices between regions.

Why Buildings Hold the Key to a Sustainable Future?

Successful policy solutions exist today and our research shows that their effective implementation in buildings could achieve a 30% reduction of energy demand by 2050 compared to today’s levels, more than in any other energy-consuming sector.

Since the building energy performance in not yet mainstream, there is a significant risk of locking in inefficiency and lost opportunities for carbon reductions from buildings for decades.

Win-Win Strategy for Cities

The energy performance of buildings can deliver energy and economic savings and carbon emission reductions resulting in multiple benefits such as job creation, economic stimulus, affordable and sustainable energy services, improved public health and thermal comfort. It can provide cities with adaptive capacity and resilience to climate change.

Urgency to Act in Asia

Governments and developers in cities across Asia face a stark challenge - how to provide affordable, sustainable energy services and meet accelerating demands for new buildings, while reducing overall impact on climate? In China, for instance, the levels of energy consumption from buildings could lead to an increase of more than a half of today’s levels by 2030, while in India energy demand from buildings could increase by four times.

Over the next 4 decades building floor area is projected to grow by 280 billion m2 (over 3 trillion sq.ft). After demolition rates are factored in this equates to adding an average of 6.5 billion m2 (70 billion sq.ft) of new floor area annually – equivalent to constructing the entire building stock of Japan every year from now until 2060 (IEA, 2017). The majority of this growth in new floor area will occur in non-OECD Asia (India and S.E. Asia) and China, where GBPN has well established expert networks and partners.

Residential building energy use accounts for nearly 75% of total global annual consumption, and has increased by an average of 30% since 1990. This equates to about 42% of annual building-related GHG emissions or 5.5GtCO2. In rapidly growing economies such as India and Indonesia residential building energy use has increased by more than 50% over the same period. This trend is accelerating, with the largest projected growth in energy demand from buildings in the next decade coming from new residential construction in warm climates in Non-OECD Asia.

The Global Building Performance Network’s (GBPN) focus over the next two years is therefore on Asian and S.E. Asian markets where floor area and energy demand for space cooling is increasing rapidly, and building energy demand remains poorly regulated.

Our new ‘Policy Strategy for Decarbonizing the Buildings Sector’ aims to directly support adoption and implementation of building energy codes across South East Asia with a focus on expanding the coverage of residential energy codes in Indonesia and India, and also develop capability of policy makers across SE Asia to implement them.

We will do this by:

  • Working with a broad range of stakeholders, including governments, cities and local authorities, universities and research centers, international experts, and NGOs

  • providing technical assistance and training in order to build local capabilities to design and implement ambitious building energy codes, emphasising the residential building

  • developing and deploying resources through our network of experts who provide experience and best practice knowledge to governments,

  • leveraging existing relationships with government agencies in India, China, and ASEAN members Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and The Philippines.

We believe that the greatest impact our network can make is to ensure that building codes and policies across India and South East Asia are fit for purpose, based on lessons learnt in other markets, and that governments have the skills and capacity to implement them

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