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IEA-EBC Annex 56 - Guidebook for Policy Makers

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Cost-Effective Energy and Carbon Emissions Optimisation in Building Renovation (Annex 56) - Guidebook for Policy Makers


This guidebook is one of the deliverables of the International Energy Agency’s Energy in Buildings and Communities (IEA EBC) programme Annex 56: “Cost-Effective Energy and Carbon Emissions Optimisation in Building Renovation”.


The methodology developed within the context of the Annex to enable cost-effective building renovation towards a nearly zero energy and emissions objective, intends to highlight the full scope of benefits, direct and indirect, resulting from the renovation process and to evaluate how they can be taken into account in decision-making processes, helping policy makers in the development of energy related policies.


The document presents guidance for the application of this methodology and presents a set of recommendations derived from the application of the methodology to typical and representative buildings and to a significant number of case studies collected among the participating countries. The methodology allows the assessment and evaluation of energy related renovation options, including:


  • a comprehensive assessment and evaluation of cost-effective reductions of primary energy use and carbon emissions within energy related building renovation, comprising also lifecycle impacts like embodied energy;
  • the evaluation of cost-effective combinations of energy efficiency measures and measures to increase renewable energy use;
  • highlighting the relevance of the additional benefits (co-benefits) achieved in the renovation process.

For further information or to download the report, please visit the relevant IEA-EBC Annex 56 webpage at the link provided below.