Summary of European Codes and Standards: New Horizons for Buildings Course
- Energy efficiency in buildings is clearly one of the keys to reducing greenhouse emissions, a major challenge that we must meet and beat to avoid the catastrophic consequences of climate change and global warming. Over and above rising energy costs and growing public awareness, the main drivers that will help us achieve bold emission reduction targets are energy efficiency regulations, building codes, standards, labels, certifications, obligations and financial incentives. We have seen how international energy efficiency directives and standards are multiplying and are gradually being taken into account in national regulations and building codes, not only in Europe but increasingly around the world.
- We have also looked at the wide variety of labels, certificates, obligations, and financial incentives that exist in different countries.
- The targeted giant leap forward in energy efficiency in buildings will require concerted action on two fronts corresponding to Building Design and operational Energy Management through building measurement, monitoring, and control.
- Although many of the drivers focus on Building Design, relatively few touch on Energy Management aspects that can produce major operational gains with relatively low investments and quick payback.