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IEA EBC Annex 57: Guideline for Policy makers

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This report is one of the deliverables of the International Energy Agency Energy in Buildings and Communities programme (IEA EBC) Annex 57: “Evaluation of embodied energy (eE) and carbon dioxide equivalent emissions (CO2eq) for building construction”. The document was developed by Subtask 1 of the annex, aiming to clarify the connections between actors and targets related to eE and embodied greenhouse gas emissions (eCO2eq) for building construction. It aims towards informing about eE and eCO2eq in the building sector, gives recommendations about standardisation of methodological principles and technical data requirements, as well as guidance and tools to support planning.


More specifically, the report:


  • provides definitions of energy use, eE and eCO2eq;
  • assesses the state of art of eE and eCO2eq in buildings;
  • examines the importance of measuring and managing eE and eCO2eq in building sector to reduce the GHG emissions;
  • considers the importance of the life-cycle perspective in building energy efficiency;
  • provides guidance for Policy Makers on the elements to include in legislation;
  • provides Policy Makers guidance to confirm their policies by tracing items in suitable checklists.

For further information or to download the report, please visit the relevant IEA-EBC Annex 57 webpage at the link provided below.