Energy Efficiency Policies: Buildings
The global exchange for energy efficiency policies, data and impacts
"The IEA is working with Governments across the world to enact the right policies for enhancing energy efficiency. We know there is an appetite for focused solutions, and this is what our Efficient World Strategy offers."
Dr. Fatih Birol, IEA Executive Director
An efficient world strategy for buildings
The IEA’s Efficient World Strategy lays out the policy measures that can enable the potential energy efficiency gains for buildings and appliances to be realised. Key actions include:
- Increase coverage and strength of building energy codes and standards, for both new and existing buildings.
- Increase coverage and strength of standards for key building equipment and appliances, such as electric heat pumps and air conditioners.
Finance & incentives
- Appropriate fiscal or financial incentives to encourage consumers to adopt high efficiency appliances and undertake deep energy retrofits.
- Market-based instruments, including obligation and white certificate schemes, can encourage business model innovation and increased investment.
Information and capacity building
- Improved quality and availability of energy performance information and labelling for buildings and components.
- Expanded professional training programmes and accreditation for designers, suppliers, installers and auditors.