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Transition to Sustainable Buildings - Strategies and Opportunities to 2050

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Transition to Sustainable Buildings - Strategies and Opportunities to 2050

Transition to Sustainable Buildings - Strategies and Opportunities to 2050

290 pages, ISBN 978-92-64-20241-2, paper €100, PDF €80 (2013)
Type: Studies
Subject: Energy Efficiency ; Energy Policy ; Technology ; Buildings

Transition to Sustainable Buildings presents detailed scenarios and strategies to 2050, and demonstrates how to reach deep energy and emissions reduction through a combination of best available technologies and intelligent public policy. This IEA study is an indispensable guide for decision makers

Buildings are the largest energy consuming sector in the world and account for over one-third of total final energy consumption and an equally important source of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Achieving significant energy and emissions reduction in the buildings sector is a challenging but obtainable policy goal. This study provides informative insights on:

- cost-effective options, key technologies and opportunities in the buildings sector;

- solutions for reducing electricity demand growth and flattening peak demand;

- effective energy efficiency policies and lessons learned from different countries;

- future trends and priorities for ASEAN, Brazil, China, the European Union, India, Mexico, Russia, South Africa and the United States;

- implementing a systems approach using innovative products in a cost effective manner; and

- pursuing whole-building (e.g. zero-energy buildings) and advanced-component policies to initiate a fundamental shift in the way energy is consumed.


This publication is part of the Energy Technology Perspectives series and one of three end-use studies, together with industry and transport, which looks at the role of technologies and policies in transforming the way energy is used.