Why a Knowledge Pyramid?

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19-02-2013 | Anne-Claire Bellec | Global, 全球, South-East Asia, South-East Asia
Categories: Communications

When we began to think about the development of the GBPN Knowledge Platform, one of our major priorities was to provide our various audiences with relevant and tailored made information on building performance best practice policies. Addressing different stakeholders’ information needs was one of our key objectives.

Not only did we imagine presenting the information in a distinctive way through interactive features and tools, we also had in mind to create a Knowledge Pyramid of information: offering 10 levels of reports that would answer different information needs. 

This is why we developed a Report Database that enables users to access knowledge in a format appropriate to their needs. We reviewed all GBPN reports and materials and realised they could inform the basis of a series of “GBPN reports” targeting key stakeholders from the building sector: researchers & experts, policy-makers from our regions, building professionals, members of governmental institutions and multilateral organisations.
Illustration (KP). 

So, if you are an expert or a researcher, then think “green” and check out the five levels of reports at the bottom of the Knowledge Pyramid:

  • Assessment Reports giving an overview of the implementation of policy packages in our regions
  • Technical Reports providing deep and comprehensive analyses on current building performance best practice policies as well as their related Annexes and Data Series

  • Extended Summaries offering the detailed abstract of a publication
  • Case Studies comprising regional analysis, surveys and data assessment report

If you are involved in policy developments in your organisation, or if you are a journalists or a blogger, you might prefer to think “orange/red” to write about or make the required changes happen to move on to the Deep Path of energy savings and reduction in buildings. Then, browse our database and find:

  • Multimedia Materials (infographics, motion graphics, videos of experts)
  • Briefings (One-Page Summary Reports for Decision Makers)
  • Highlights (Five-Line-Summary Reports)
  • Extended Summaries, and
  • State of the Art Papers (presenting best practice policies that can help dramatically upscale the development of state of the art buildings following the deep path towards energy reductions from buildings in each regions).

As we premiere this brand new feature, I hope our Knowledge Pyramid will make your navigation smoother and easier and, above all, that you’ll find whatever you are looking for.

Anne-Claire Bellec, GBPN Communications Manager 

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In the context of climate change mitigation, the abatement potential is the amount of mitigation that could be reduced over time. [Source: IPCC]

The calculated or measured amount of energy needed to meet the energy demand associated with a typical use of the buildings, which includes inter alia, energy used for heating, cooling, ventilation, hot water and lighting (EU). [Source: EPBD recast, 2010/31/EU]

Low energy building indicates a building that has a better energy performance than the standard alternative/energy efficiency requirements in building codes. Low-energy buildings typically use high levels of insulation, energy efficient windows, low levels of air infiltration and heat recovery ventilation to lower heating and cooling energy. They may also use passive solar building design techniques or active solar technologies. These homes may also use hot water heat recycling technologies to recover heat from showers and dishwashers. [Source: European Commission (2009)]

A collection of policies and programmes that support the implementation of a common goal.