17 Jun 2018

The National Development and Reform Commission of China (NDRC) guided the China Quality Certification Center (CQC) to develop a China TOP TENs Best Energy Efficient Practices list to highlight energy savings practices for the China’s buildings sector. The list covers a broad range of building practices including commercial and residential.

Fact sheet
15 Oct 2016

In this report, we evaluate policies to reduce GHG emissions in urban areas according to multiple criteria, based on an extensive literature review. Municipal governments implement policies (regulations, charges, subsidies, etc.) to induce actions (such as improved energy efficiency in buildings or a shift to public transit).

Report
31 Aug 2018

Building energy efficiency policies are an important tool in addressing energy and climate policies. There has been tremendous technical and policy activity in recent years aimed toward improving building energy performance, with a focus on getting to very low energy buildings and targeting “zero” energy or emissions buildings.

Report
13 Oct 2018

Cities are increasingly taking actions such as building code enforcement, urban planning, and public transit expansion to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide in their communities and municipal operations. However, many cities lack the quantitative information needed to estimate policy impacts and prioritize city actions in terms of carbon abatement potential and cost effectiveness.

Technical report
30 Apr 2018

Reliably reducing the emissions in the building sector plays a crucial role if the 1.5°C climate target from the Paris Agreement is to be met. The observed trends show a significant increase in building energy use, especially in emerging economies. Counteracting these trends is absolutely essential, especially in the light of urbanisation, population growth and changing lifestyles.

Journal article
22 Aug 2017

Energy policy continues not to acknowledge the gap between the calculated (i.e. the anticipated or promised) and the actual consumption associated with peoples’ everyday practices in their homes and in the building sector. Multiple explanations exist for why this ‘performance gap’ occurs.

Journal article
01 Sep 2018

Since 2010, New Buildings Institute has tracked the developing market for zero energy buildings. We are pleased to share this latest 2018 Getting to Zero Status Update and Zero Energy Buildings List, which summarizes the growth and trends from nearly 500 certified, verified and emerging zero energy projects across the United States and Canada.

Research report
12 Apr 2018

Zero Net Energy (ZNE) is possible for many buildings and this ZNE Project Guide for State Buildings can help DGS and its agencies on the path to zero energy for new construction and major renovation projects.

Guide
17 May 2018

This presentation provides a guideline to policymakers on1. How to test the claims that the building energy codes were outdated from the industry association. 2. What to do if the claims and information are correct. 

Presentation
17 May 2018

Slide presentation documenting fundamentals of building technologies and energy efficiency products to reduce energy use in buildings.

Presentation
11 Jul 2017

Certification of green building materials is a proven and effective way to incorporate, at large scale, products that are energy efficient, have minimal ill effect on indoor air quality, and/or have other green attributes into buildings.

Research report
13 Aug 2018

Cities need to become ‘smarter’ if we are to save the planet. John Dora, editor of a special issue of ICE Engineering Sustainability journal on smart cities, says the ingenuity of civil engineers will be essential for their delivery.

Blog post