Many have put forward good work that highlights the impact that energy efficient buildings can have on energy and carbon, including the WBCSD’s EEB (Energy Efficiency in Buildings) project back in 2009. While countless organizations publish reports that represent the case for transformation; few, if any, have brought real change into the building sector.
EEB 2.0 projects aims at triggering motivation for wide-scale market transformation.
EEB 2.0 works with owners and managers of large building portfolios across different market segments to analyze the decision-making process for energy efficiency measures, to identify the key barriers and develop recommendations on how to overcome them.
This project is co-chaired by LafargeHolcim and United Technologies, and brings together leading WBCSD members active in the buildings value chain, AGC, AkzoNobel, ARCADIS, ArcelorMittal, ENGIE, Infosys, Siemens, Schneider Electric, SGS and Skanska. It also leverages on the experience and member base of the WBCSD Global Network as well as expertise and skills of the external partners International Energy Agency, Urban Land Institute, and World Green Building Council
Slide presentation of the EEB2.0 project:
What are the issues: EEB’s first phase
Buildings represent 40% of primary energy use globally and if we include the energy consumed in manufacturing, steel, cement, aluminum and glass used in building construction, this number grows to more than 50%. Energy consumption in buildings is projected to rise substantially in the world’s most populous and fastest-growing countries, such as China and India.
The rapid growth of new buildings in developing countries is part of the challenge, but the low rate of replacement of inefficient buildings in developed countries means it is not enough just to create new, low-energy buildings
The Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EEB) project, created to respond to these realities, has led to three major outcomes until now:
It provided a market assessment of the challenges, opportunities, and perceptions of energy efficiency in buildings;
It performed a thorough qualitative and quantitative assessment of how to transform the building sector based on various market and regulatory mechanisms including codes and regulations, finance and price signals, design and technology, skills upgrading and behavior;
It gained commitment from the WBCSD members to do more to improve their energy use in their own buildings, through the EEB Manifesto.
The knowledge and technology available today could achieve dramatic reductions in building energy consumption, but it is happening slowly. Market and policy failures and behavioral barriers stand in the way of achieving the huge progress that is both necessary and possible.
EEB2.0 will pick up from where the first project left off: WBCSD’s “Transforming the Market” stated that energy use in buildings could be cut by 40% with a discounted payback period of 5 years, with an additional 12% with paybacks between 5-10 years.
EEB's First Phase (2006 - 2010)