The Centre offers the Building Energy Efficiency Policies database (BEEP). Policy-makers, practitioners, industry and researchers from all over the world will be able to access this database and look at effective policies which are being implemented. These policies include:
- Buildings Energy Codes, including minimum energy performance requirements that focus on achieving Zero Energy Buildings;
- Buildings Energy Labels which increase awareness about energy consumption in the buildings sector; and
- Incentives schemes for training, technical assistance and raising awareness
The database is a collaborative effort between the IEA secretariat, governmental representatives, researchers and experts from the participating countries. So far, the database includes information from IEA member countries as well as China, India, Tunisia, South Africa and Russia. The IEA secretariat welcomes countries all over the world to submit information on their buildings energy efficiency policies to be included in the database.
Frequently asked questions answered on the website include:
- How much of the world’s energy is consumed by buildings?
- What does primary energy consumption mean?
- What does final energy consumption mean?
- How much energy do electronics and computers consume in buildings?
- What are the main policies to reduce energy demand in the buildings sector?
- What does S&L stand for?
- What is an Energy Performance Certificate?
- What does Zero Energy Building (ZEB) mean?
- Can Zero Energy Buildings be built in any climate and for any type of building?
- What does passive house mean?