It is well known that to be most effective policy strategies need to be organized into packages that optimize the combination of regulations, incentives and voluntary schemes. These three components are often referring to as ‘sticks’, ‘carrots’ and ‘tambourines’. However, our analysis of global best-practice building codes shows that the world’s best performance-based regulations are being designed to encourage and stimulate innovation rather than simply punish poor performance.
‘Sticks’ or ‘Bats’? ‘Bats’ therefore appears a better analogy to describe the value of these best practice building energy efficiency codes. Rather than simply threatening practitioners with being punished for non-compliance, these regulations provide policy-makers with efficient tools for reaching better performance goals. That’s why at the GBPN, we define these best-practice performance codes, as ‘bats’ not ‘sticks’.
- [Report] The GBPN Compares Building Energy Efficiency Policies for New Buildings
- [Event] Second GBPN Annual Building Sector Symposium, 27th and 28th of May