Transition to sustainable buildings : Strategies and opportunities to 2050

Transition to sustainable buildings : Strategies and opportunities to 2050. Paris : IEA/OECD, June 2013, 290 p. ISBN 978-92-64-20241-2

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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 achievable policy goal.

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 indispensible guide for decision makers, providing 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.

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