Energy efficiency in buildings - facts & trends

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Urgent action is needed to reduce energy use in buildings and remove the barriers to addressing this major cause of carbon dioxide emissions. The World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s (WBCSD) Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EEB) project will develop a roadmap from a business perspective, outlining the critical steps needed to transform buildings’ energy consumption. The project has brought together leading companies in the building industry to tackle this vitally important subject. This group has bridged isolated specialist “silos” to develop a cross-industry view of energy efficiency and to identify the approaches that can be used to transform energy performance. It will develop practical action for property investors, developers, regulators, energy providers and suppliers of products and services to the building industry.

This report summarizes the first year’s work of the project, which provides a platform for the next phase. This document therefore concentrates on presenting an assessment of the current situation. While it sketches some broad solutions, the focus of the next phase will be to add detail. The report combines findings from existing research with stakeholder dialogues during hearings, workshops and forums, plus a breakthrough market research study that measures stakeholder perceptions of sustainable buildings around the world.

This global project has focused on six geographic markets: Brazil, China, Europe, India, Japan and the USA. They were chosen because they constitute more than half of the world’s population (approximately 3.5 billion people in 2004) and two-thirds of world energy demand, and because they include developed as well as developing economies and a range of climates.

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