IEA offers a blueprint for a sustainable buildings sector by 2050

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About sustainable buildings


"Buildings are the largest energy consuming sector in the world, and account for over one-third of total final energy consumption and an equally important source of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Achieving significant energy and emissions reduction in the buildings sector is a challenging but achievable policy goal”.

Barriers such as split incentives between tenants and landlords, lack of awareness of efficient technologies, absence of qualified "green" technicians and high initial investment costs threaten market-driven energy savings measures. 


Archived events: 

Webinar, 18 December 2013
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Related material: 

Transition to Sustainable Buildings - Strategies and Opportunities to 2050 (2013)
Policy Pathways: Modernising Building Energy Codes (2013) (Turkish version)
Policy Pathways: Energy Performance Certification of Buildings (2010)
Policy Pathway: Monitoring, Verification and Enforcement (2010)
Energy Efficiency Requirements in Building Codes - Policies for New Buildings (2008)
Financing Energy Efficient Homes (2007)
Energy Efficiency in the North American Existing Building Stock (2007)
High-Rise Refurbishment: The Energy-Efficient Upgrade of Multi-Story Residences (2006)


See also: Buildings Energy Efficiency Policies (BEEP)

Energy technology initiatives

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