Newsletter 12 - New Web Portal on Building Energy Code Implementation

Dear Reader,

I hope you have all made a happy transition from summer to autumn, or winter to spring, and from vacation to back-to-work.

We certainly have hit the ground running at GBPN, with the official confirmation that for the first time there will be a dedicated ‘Buildings Day’ at COP21. The day will be hosted by UNEP and is part of the program of the Lima-Paris Action Agenda. GBPN are helping UNEP, the French government, and a coalition of governments and key buildings sector stakeholders and international organizations prepare for the day, and to form an alliance that can provide ongoing support for climate action in the building sector after COP21 concludes.

We also are delighted to be able to launch a new web-portal for building energy code implementation developed in collaboration with Pacific Northwest National Laboratories in the USA and IPEEC. The project is part of the IPEEC and Major Economies Forum Building Energy Efficiency Task Group program. The web-portal and report on building energy code implementation will also support the G20 Energy Efficiency Action plan for the building sector.

We also welcome experts on building energy codes from twenty-two countries, who have joined the portal to share their knowledge and experience.

With so much going on between now and December we have included a list of relevant events that might be interesting. Both Buildings Day efforts and the Building Energy Codes Portal are open platforms. So please get involved. 

Best wishes,

Peter Graham
Executive Director


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New Web portal on building energy code implementation


14.09.2015 | Global Programme

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

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. 

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Buildings Day cop21 - december 3, 2015

14.09.2015 | Global Programme

For the first time– Buildings Day – a dedicated event to present how the bulding and construction sector is able to tackle climate change - is to be held as part of the official programme at this year’s UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris. The first Buildings Day, to be held at COP21 on 3 December 2015, will focus on public strategies and policies, finance and value chain solutions to reduce carbon emissions of the sector.

The Buildings Day will also provide an opportunity to launch an alliance of organizations that collectively will commit to:

  • Helping to put the buildings and construction sector on the “below 2 °C path”;
  • Aligning existing initiatives, commitments and programmes to achieve greater scale and increase the pace of efficiency actions;
  • Catalysing stronger collaboration and targeting sectoral and cross sectoral climate action and solutions for all.

    For more information contact 


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[Report] Deep building renovation - international policy guidelines

03.09.2015 | Global Programme

Savings in the existing building stock can only be achieved with the widespread adoption and implementation of effective policy packages and support programmes that have a long-term target of achieving deep renovation.

This GBPN report, which presents a global analysis of best practice renovation policies by an international network of experts, concludes that the required savings in the existing building stock can only be achieved with the widespread adoption and implementation of effective policy packages and support programmes that have a long-term target of achieving deep renovation. The guide provides:

  • Overall recommendations from front runners in energy renovation policies & key lessons from global best practices;
  • The role of energy saving targets and regulatory measures in renovation policy packages;
  • The role of labeling and certification schemes in renovation policy packages;
  • How to upscale deep renovations using financial mechanisms;
  • A step-by-step guide to implementing a policy package in a country, state or city.


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[report] Monetary benefits of ambitious building energy policies

22.01.2015 | Global Programme

The report “Monetary Benefits of Ambitious Building Energy Policies” commissioned by the GBPN to the Central European University’s Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy (3CSEP) and Advanced Building and Urban Design (ABUD), offers a first attempt to quantify the global and regional cost implications of ambitious scenarios for implementing large-scale energy efficiency improvements in buildings. 

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Category iconNEtwork update


 14.09.2015 | Global Programme

The GBPN Global program has been shifting to a more distributed network structure during the last few months. With our network and project partners we will continue to develop and share relevant resources, and continue to contribute to essential projects in building energy policy. This change helps to better support our global knowledge platform and tools, provide more scalability to funding opportunities, and better direct our expertise to supporting international partners and policy implementation programs. This change also leads to a more virtual and increased engagement through our expert network, the partnership of BPIE and IMT, UNEP and our program collaborators. With the GBPN Network engaged we continue to conduct projects and provide new resources and policy tools to this year. These include the UNEP Common Carbon Metric 2.0 MRV tool for NAMA programs. The web-tool design is complete and we hope to go live with the functioning tool before the end of the year. We have also been working hard on a resource portal for the IPEEC/Major Economies Forum Building Energy Efficiency Task Group (BEET 3 Program) which was launched last week. We are looking forward to continuing to play our part in supporting climate action and pursue our mission in this critical year of COP21. 


 14.09.2015 | e.u. PROGRAMME

During the first half of 2015 BPIE worked on a series of different topics:

• BPIE commissioned Fraunhofer ISI to investigate the use of discount rates in energy efficiency policy modelling with a focus on the building sector. The paper summarises their use in a number of reports and argues that the use of high discount rates to map non-economic barriers and bounded rationality is not suitable.
• The findings of two of the latest BPIE factsheets show, on one hand, that the levels of ambition in defining what a nearly Zero Energy Building (nZEB) is vary across Europe. And on the other hand, that building certifiers play an important role in ensuring the credibility of the EPC system, therefore, the quality of their skills and performance is essential.
• BPIE identified gaps in 8 MS regulations to ensure that citizens live in highly efficient, healthy, comfortable and well-lit buildings. It provides concluding recommendations for further policy development relevant for indoor climate.
• BPIE was also part of the Energy Efficiency Financial Institutions Group (EEFIG) which published a final report providing recommendations to trigger more energy efficiency investments in buildings.
• Within the EU-funded project, ZEBRA2020, a data tool was created which offers a user-friendly presentation of indicators related to the overall building stock. It gives an overview of the current building stock (renovation and construction) and monitors Energy Performance Certificates’ activities by country.

For more details please see 


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Building energy codes portal

14.09.2015 | Global Programme

This web portal supports efficient international knowledge exchange on building energy code implementation by providing information, experience, and resources from around the world. This web portal has been developed in consultation with governments participating in the IPEEC Building Energy Efficiency Taskgroup (BEET). Recognizing that a number of online resources exist for general information on building energy codes, the information provided on this site provides an overview of the implementation of building energy code systems according to specific topics such as:

• the history and scope of codes;
• the institutional arrangements for implementation;
• supportive tools and capacity building;
• enforcement mechanisms;
• systems to test and rate building materials.

The information is searchable by topic and by country. Search results also contain links to other on-line resources on building codes, links to regional resources, and experts on building code implementation.

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