[Newsletter 7] New Interactive Tool for Building Energy Performance Scenarios (BEPS), Briefing on Climate Change: Implications for Buildings & More

Dear Reader, 

Part of the GBPN's core mission is to constantly expand the access to the world’s best data analyses on building energy performance. I am therefore very proud to announce the recent release of our new Tool for Building Energy Performance Scenarios (BEPS). The Tool offers interactive visualisation of the results of data collection and analysis performed with the Centre for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy (3CSEP), Central European University. It enables anyone interested in energy efficiency in buildings to access data and projections and find out where the world, or a specific region could be in terms of energy use by 2050. Given the reported lack of data on how buildings use energy and the impacts of building energy policy, the GBPN aims to shed some light on the choices available to policy-makers for achieving deep energy savings from buildings. With this tool, we leave no doubt that there can be a sustainable energy future for our built environment and cities. We also hope that it contributes to eliminating ‘lack-of-data and awareness’ as viable excuses for inaction on climate change (Read also my Blog co-authored with Diana Ürge-Vorsatz, Director 3CSEP, Central European University). The release of this tool almost completes the build-out of our policy implementation tool kits. We are in the process of completing important MRV base-line and forecasting tools for building energy policies to help support Building Sector NAMA development. 
 
We are also very pleased to announce the formalization of our collaboration with the Building & Construction Authority of Singapore to provide building energy policy best practices and capacity building to Southeast Asian countries. We are looking for further support for our Asia programs, so please let us know if you would like more information on how to contribute. 
 
Finally, I’d like to congratulate the team on delivering a report on areas of potential international collaboration on building energy efficiency for The International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation and the Major Economies Forum, the success of our on-going webinar series on building renovation policies, and their recent contributions at EE Global in DC. It has been a very intense first half of 2014 and we have some exciting projects lined up for the rest of the year – watch this space!
 
Best wishes, 

Peter Graham, Executive Director 

 
 

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[Tool] the best possible policy scenarios for saving energy in the building sector: New Interactive Tool & TUTORIAL

5 June | Global Programme

As a contribution to the World Environment Day, the GBPN launched a new open source interactive tool for identifying the best possible policy scenarios for saving energy in the building sector worldwide. The new Tool for Building Energy Performance Scenarios (BEPS) enables anyone interested in energy efficiency in buildings to access data and projections and find out where we could be in terms of energy use by 2050 under three different scenarios (deep, moderate and frozen), depending on the ambitiousness of policy decisions and technology choices. Watch the Tutorial. Read lastest Blogs.  

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[Report] Climate Change: Implications for Buildings

12 June | Global Programme

A new briefing issued today distils the key findings from the recently released Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) for the buildings sector. AR5 represents the most comprehensive overview of climate science to date and is the fact base that will be used by governments and businesses to formulate climate policy in the coming years. The GBPN worked together with the following partners on distilling the AR5 content into concise, clear, and relevant findings: Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE), World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), Cambridge Judge Business School (CJBS), European Climate Foundation (ECF). 

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[Report] Recommendations from EE Global

6 June | Global Programme

The report from the GBPN Intensive Learning Session organised during the Energy Efficiency Global Forum 2014 in Washington, D.C. last May is now availaible. Using the GBPN’s Policy Comparison Tools for new and existing buildings as a basis for discussion, the event provided a platform to discuss how to accelerate the wide-spread adoption of more ambitious policies that support a transformative change in the building sector. Insights from best-practice regions were presented and followed by a discussion on how to fill the gap between today’s best practices, and what is needed to accelerate transformative change in the building sector.

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[Report] New study: Alleviating Fuel Poverty in the European union

MAY | EUROPE

Fuel poverty is a major problem in and for Europe. In 2012, 10.8% of the total European population was unable to keep their home adequately warm, increasing to 24.4% when referring to low-income people. Energy subsidies and direct financial support for household heating cannot provide a long-term solution to this problem. However, vigorous energy renovation measures for fuel poor homes can give a sustainable answer to fuel poverty. These are the main findings from BPIE’s latest publication, Alleviating Fuel Poverty in the EU. The study describes the current situation of fuel poverty and makes recommendations on how to achieve the social, environmental and energy goals set by the EU for 2020.

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[Project] Pushing Green Frontiers in Southeast Asia

7 MAY | ASIA

The GBPN has just signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Building and Construction Authority - Centre for Sustainable Buildings in Singapore (BCA CSB). This new partnership brings together BCA CSB’s regional network and knowledge of local and regional policies and GBPN’s expertise in performance data tools and global analysis. It will provide the framework for partnership projects to identify, validate and share policy and technology best-practices for reducing the energy demand from buildings in hot and humid climates. The collaboration will encompass activities supporting policy development to maximise energy efficiency of individual buildings, groups of buildings, city scale projects, and other initiatives on greening of buildings and the construction supply chain.

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[Tool] A New Visual Browser for the GBPN/BPIE Glossary

6 June | Global Programme

The GBPN Glossary has been developed in partnership with BPIE. With more than 403 terms, it aims to define key terms related to building energy efficiency and to highlight regional differences in definitions in order to ensure that we all speak the same language and cooperate as effectively as possible. To improve both the accessibility of the tool and its navigation, a new visual browser allows browsing through a project’s concepts and its relations. The Glossary is available in both English and Chinese. The GBPN strives to continuously expand the scope of the glossary by linking with others, while at the same time ensuring the quality of the definitions. If you are interested in exploring the possibility of linking your energy efficiency glossary please get in touch at project@gbpn.org.
 
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