An EIU European survey of building sector executives commissioned by the GBPN in collaboration with BPIE finds that European real estate and construction executives are convinced that European legislation for energy efficiency and energy performance in buildings is a benefit for the building sector. While the financial crisis has set a downward trend to real estate valuations, the renovation of the existing building stock could be a means to reverse the tendency. Regulatory uncertainty seems to be the main barrier to increased energy efficiency investments.
The GBPN launched a new interactive tool on building codes in late February. As part of this tool we assessed how well global best practice building codes perform with regard to achieving zero energy or positive energy in new buildings. A large group of experts were involved in the process of developing the 15 criteria and the results of these criteria as displayed in the tool as “city maps” or “windmills”.
A stark challenge faces India. The enormity of the country and pace of the current construction boom mean that India could experience a 700% increase in CO2 emissions and energy consumption in buildings by 2050 (compared to 2005 levels). These levels are unsustainable and threaten India’s energy security. GBPN’s new report “Mitigation Potential from India’s Buildings” offers a rigorous examination of the current political settings relating to energy efficiency in India. The report recommends policy options that are available to the Indian government and all stakeholders to prevent the enormity of the predicted energy growth in India's building sector from becoming a reality.
Demonstrating the enormity of the predicted energy growth in India's building sector up to 2050, this report explores the current political framework for energy efficient buildings and the potential for change.
How can you make people recognize and care about something that’s invisible?
This is the core struggle of communicating the value of energy efficiency. As efficiency pioneer (and IMT’s board chair) David Goldstein has explained, energy is different from most goods we purchase: We can’t eat, drink, or wear it; we can't even touch it or see it.