Policy Pathways Brief: Building Energy Performance Certification

Policy Pathways Brief: Building Energy Performance Certification
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Edition: 2017
2 pages

Buildings consume more than 40% of primary energy in most countries.  Cost-effective policy intervention by governments can substantially reduce this consumption, typically by 30-80%, while simultaneously increasing energy security and improving the health and welfare of building occupants.

The International Energy Agency has identified five critical factors to guide policy makers in realising potential savings by certifying the energy performance of buildings to enable informed decisions by purchasers and occupiers.


Policy pathway to improving building energy performance through certification:

  • Develop energy performance certification programmes for both new and existing residential and non-residential buildings.
  • Ensure building energy performance labels or certificates provide appropriate information to owners, buyers and renters to ensure informed energy efficiency decisions.
  • Link certification to other initiatives, for example, to demonstrate compliance with building energy codes or to show compliance with energy efficiency programmes.
  • Develop supporting mechanisms including validated assessment procedures; training for assessors; quality assurance procedures; and technology and administration systems to co-ordinate and maintain these functions.
  • Adapt certification requirements as innovative building technologies enter the market and become cost-effective.

The full Policy Pathway offers guidance on implementing certification for all building types and provides case studies from around the world. The report can be downloaded here.