Welcome to the new GBPN global Knowledge Platform. The building sector is incredibly diverse. In some ways creating a building is one of the most complex tasks that humans undertake – and yet building is a natural human activity reflecting our cultural, technological and economic preferences and priorities. But with so much local diversity and complexity in both process and in the outcomes of our building how can we design strategies that can organize a collective response by the sector to the global issue of climate change?
The Global Buildings Network Performance’s recent report “Comparing Data Quality & Collection” reveals just how much data quality varies in four priority regions – China, the EU, India and the US.
We found that quality and availability of data around in our four regions varies considerably; there are large data gaps, weaknesses and inaccessibility that preclude accuracy in modelling (see the figure below).
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.
One of the main projects that I have been involved in over the past few months has been the development of the building energy efficiency “Policy Comparative Tool” for new buildings.
A systematic review of building energy codes, energy labels and financial instruments in China, the EU, India and the USA, offering an insight into shared experiences and best practices in those regions.
Three scenarios explain the potential for the buildings sector to mitigate energy consumption in China, the EU, India and the USA. Depending on the scenario, by 2050, final energy use can increase 111% or can decrease by one-third, even with an increase in floor area of 127%. The ambitious scenario shows the benefit of taking today’s best practice to a global scale.