Getting the Building Codes right:
The importance of long-term energy targets and frequent revision cycles
13 November 2013 at 4 p.m CET
To achieve significant green house gas mitigation in the building sector, all new buildings need to develop towards zero energy or positive energy standards. To meet such standards, mandatory, dynamic and ambitious building codes and supporting policies should be incorporated into long-term strategies. Despite the strong awareness of the need for such standards, the practical knowledge about “how to” develop and implement these standards is often missing.
Based on the lessons learnt from the Policy Comparative Tool, GBPN is organising a series of webinars on the "How To" of Building Energy Code Development.
The first webinar in this series discussed the importance of setting ambitious energy targets and ensuring the systematic and regular update of the building code in light of those targets. GBPN led a discussion with code developers from the Netherlands, Seattle and Denmark to gain insight into their experiences of developing progressive building energy codes in light of ambitious energy targets.
As well as providing insight into the targets set and the policy roadmaps in place, speakers also provided some of the background context that has supported the move towards zero energy, including political context, market conditions and technical capacity.
- Introduction: Jens Laustsen, Technical Director, GBPN
- Hans Van Eck, Unit Manager, Agentschap NL, Netherlands
- Duane Jonlin, Energy Code and Energy Conservation Advisor, Seattle Department of Planning and Development, U.S.
- Kevin O'Rourke, Head of Built Environment, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
Recording of the webinar:
- [Report] Video Recordings of our Series of Webinars "Getting Building Codes Right"
- [Report] Best Practice Building Codes: Insights from Policy Makers