Buildings-related publications

This section provides resources dedicated to the building sector.
Energy Efficiency in Buildings: Facts & Trends – Download Here
This report by WBCSD is a summary of what policy makers and building professional should know about energy use in buildings. It also includes the results of a unique global survey of more than 1 400 practitioners.
Energy Efficiency in Buildings: Transforming the Market – Download Here
The most successful report by WBCSD with >100k downloads available in 8 languages. The report gives answers on how to significantly reduce energy use and carbon emissions in the building sector. A peer-reviewed modelling tool was developed to can quantify the impact and cost-effectiveness of policy packages. It answers questions like: What technologies will the market adopt under which policy options? What will influence their payback? How many owners and tenants will engage in energy retrofits? What is the resulting energy use from the building stock? Results are given for high rise residential buildings in Northern China, single family homes in France, and office buildings in Japan.
Roadmap for a Transformation of Energy Use in Buildings – Download Here
This roadmap provides a set of specific measures for key stakeholders in the building sector to reduce energy use in buildings. It differentiates actions between Government authorities, Investors, Developers, Occupiers, Utilities, Suppliers and manufacturers, architects, engineers, contractors and craftsmen
Greening the Buildings Supply Chain – Download Here
This report by UNEP SBCI looks at how to reduce material use, water consumption and waste generation in the delivery of buildings throughout supply chain to promote greater resource efficiency.
The Economics of Energy Efficiency in Buildings – Download Here
This Policy Brief by Trevor Houser from the Peterson Institute for International Economics looks at the economic benefits for countries to engage in energy efficiency programmes in the building sector.
Comparative Analysis of Building Energy Efficiency Policies for New Buildings – Download Here
Building energy codes are central instruments for the regulator. To identify the best practice, 65 experts contributed to the creation of this interactive tool that help analyse and compare best practice energy codes and supporting measures. This executive summary is complemented by a technical report to be found at
Reducing Energy Demand in Existing Buildings: learning from best practice renovation policies – Download Here
This report identifies the critical elements for developing energy renovations policies for residential buildings. This executive summary is complemented by a technical report to be found at
Best Practice Policies for Low Carbon & Energy Buildings – Download Here
This report defines the global potential for buildings-related GHG emission mitigation that best practice policies can deliver by 2020, 2030 and 2050. The scenario analysis builds on studies from IEA, WBCSD and McKinsey. This executive summary is complemented by a technical report to be found at
Buildings for Our Future – Download Here
This report highlights the GHG mitigation potential of buildings in the EU, China, India and the USA. It provides an overview of policy options and instructions on how to develop roadmaps to realise the building sector’s significant mitigation potential. Author: GBPN and KPMG