[Newsletter 4] - Buildings for our Future, Energy Efficiency Efforts in U.S Buildings, Video Interviews with GBPN Experts, & More...

Dear Reader, 

Before we ‘all’ go away on holiday in the next couple of weeks, we would like to invite you to a last ‘deep’ thought on how to help the building sector achieve the deep energy savings required to limit global warming to a +2degC range? How do we build up a world in which “buildings” are a source of environmental and social well-being?
In our new Policy Paper released last week, Buildings for our Future – The Deep Path for Closing the Emissions Gap in the Building Sector, we show that implementing ambitious performance building policies can achieve deep reductions in energy consumption and CO2 emissions from building energy use. The report outlines concrete steps for creating ambitious but realistic policy roadmaps adaptable to individual regions and local contexts and move towards a "Deep market transformation". It also provides a clear objective for more effective global collaboration, dialogue, and sharing of best practices. With this report, we would like you to join a new dialogue on the role and importance of improved energy performance of buildings in today’s global and national discussions about energy and climate policies.


Best Wishes!

Peter Graham, Executive Director


Category iconNEW policy paper

Why Buildings Hold the Key To a Low-Carbon Future

25TH june | Global Programme

With the goal of addressing climate concerns through lower carbon use, the GBPN has just released a Policy Paper entitled Buildings for our Future – The Deep Path for Closing the Emissions Gap in the Building Sector. The report shows that by 2050 it is possible to reduce building energy use by nearly a quarter of that of today and related CO2 emissions by one third by implementing ambitious performance building policies. It sets out the necessary steps towards a "Deep market transformation" in order to ensure the building sector plays its part in achieving less than 2°C global warming.

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Category iconNEW CASE STUDY 

Energy Efficiency Efforts in U.S. Buildings Should Focus on Improvements in Regulation and Financing

18th JUne | U.S Programme

New Case Study Paper by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and the GBPN with its U.S. Hub, the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) identifies key strategies for scaling up efficiency in US buildings. Achieving scale in the US: A view from the construction and real estate sectors shows that tackling rising energy consumption in U.S. buildings will require a more coordinated and coherent approach to energy efficiency codes and regulation, one that is more focused on retrofits—where most potential gains lie. It is also crucial to develop new financing mechanisms that help institutional investors assess the risks associated with energy-efficient projects.

GBPN's Jayson Antonoff unveiled these highlights on the 12th of June at a roundtable dialogue in Washington, "Insights, Indicators and Interest in Achieving Scale With Energy Efficiency in the United States”, hosted by the GBPN and Johnson Controls' Institute for Building Efficiency (IBE). The event brought together leaders from the public and private sectors to discuss trends in the energy efficiency market. A wide-ranging conversation focused on: the importance of energy benchmarking and disclosure to drive market transformation; the need for analysis and standardization as well as collection of building energy data; the value of co-benefits of efficiency; and whether lack of financing is as significant a barrier as many people assume. 

To accompany the Case Study, watch the video "Investing in Energy Efficiency in Buildings: Challenges & Opportunities in the U.S".

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27th June | china Programme

The GBPN has appointed the GBPN's new China Research Associate in Beijing, Eva Wang. Eva is primarily managing the GBPN Chinese knowledge platform and in charge of the exchange of best-practice research and analysis between China and our other regions. Eva participated in the UNEP-SBCI Annual Meeting and Symposium on Sustainable Buildings in Changsha on the 14th and 15th of May where the Chinese version of the GBPN Knowledge Platform was officially launched. The new platform aims to disseminate Chinese best practices policies for low energy, low carbon and energy efficient buildings globally, and to facilitate Chinese and international knowledge exchange and capacity building. The GBPN is currently exploring new project opportunities with key partners and stakeholders in China. We are also set to launch our report on the Chinese ESCO Market – watch this space for the release date.

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Category iconVIDEO

Europe - Investing in Energy Efficiency in Buildings: Challenges & Opportunities

28th June | Europe 

Watch the video! Analysis and reactions from experts of the GBPN network about the The Economist Intelligence Unit's Case Study: Investing in Energy Efficiency in Europe’s Buildings: A View from the Construction and Real Estate Sectors commissioned by the GBPN in collaboration with its EU Hub, the Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE), April 2013.


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Category iconNew LABORATORY on DATA

a Participative Platform for Sharing Information and Generating Knowledge

28th June | Global Programme

Our new Lab dedicated to Building Performance Data seeks to improve collaboration amongst building data experts, modellers and all interested stakeholders in order to improve the quality of building performance data globally and accessibility in four key regions: China, the European Union, India and the United States. The GBPN calls for a collaborative effort towards making data transparent, so that data collection, monitoring, reporting and evaluation leave no gaps and produce accurate, reliable and evidence-based input data to the policy making process.

Read also the GBPN report: Robust Building Data: A Driver for Policy Development, February 2013. 

Participate in our Labs and contribute your ideas!

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