China’s Five-Year Plan, set over the next two years, and the actions that follow, will determine the emissions trajectory of the country in the critical decade ahead. China is the largest single market for growth in the building sector. Though overall trends in the rest of Asia and continental Africa are even higher, no single country’s growth projections come anywhere close to those of China.
Last August, the IEA & UNDP hosted a webinar to launch their joint publication: “Modernising Building Energy Codes to Secure our Global Energy Future”. The issues discussed in the webinar were very important but from the questions asked by the audience, it was clear that there is still a demand for further information about how to implement the recommendations made and to learn from existing best-practice examples.
Sharing the best-practices online
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.
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”.
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.