With the recognition that emissions from existing buildings is a major challenge in meeting climate targets, governments in the US and Europe have been adopting “building performance standards,” setting limits on energy consumption or carbon emissions from buildings. The performance standards establish quantitative targets for buildings to reduce energy use or greenhouse gas emissions, or to improve other metrics, over time. They generally target the worst performing buildings for improvement first, and then move all buildings toward better performance.
Eight different cities (including New York, Washington DC and Boston) and states (Colorado and Washington) in the US have already adopted these building performance standards, and 30 jurisdictions recently committed to the US White House to adopt advance legislation and/or regulation by April 2024.
In December 2021, the European Commission proposed changes to the European Energy Performance of Buildings Directive such that all European member states would adopt a minimum performance standard that would require the worst-performing 15% of the building stock in each EU Member State to be upgraded from the Energy Performance Certificates Grade G to at least Grade F by 2027 for non-residential buildings, and 2030 for residential buildings. This European Commission proposal is based on successful implementation in some leading EU countries.
In this webinar, latest building performance standard policies in the US and Europe were presented, including timelines for implementation of the leading policies, followed by discussions based on questions from the webinar participants.
Keynote 1 Building Performance Standard Policies in U.S. Cities and States
Keynote 2 Minimum Energy Performance Standards for Europe’s Existing Buildings
[Moderator] Yuko Nishida Senior Manager, Climate Change, Renewable Energy Institute
|Date / Time||Tuesday 17 May 2022 / 15:30 - 17:00 (JST)|
|Organized by||Renewable Energy Institute|
|Admission||Free (prior registration required)|
- Adam Hinge
Managing Director, Sustainable Energy Partnerships
- Adam Hinge manages Sustainable Energy Partnerships, a New York based consultancy providing energy efficiency program and policy advisory services to governments, large energy consumers and suppliers, and research and multilateral organizations around the world. He is involved with a variety of efforts working toward improving building energy performance around the globe including several international efforts to share international best practices on building energy efficiency policies and programs.
Adam is active in several energy and environmental professional organizations, including being Board Chair of the Institute for Market Transformation, has served as Board Chair of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, a Fellow of ASHRAE, and has been both an Adjunct Research Scholar, and Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of International and Public Affairs.
- Adam Hinge
- Louise Sunderland
Senior Advisor, The Regulatory Assistance Project
- Louise Sunderland is Senior Advisor for the Regulatory Assistance Project working on demand side energy policies and energy justice. She has worked on energy efficiency and sustainability in the energy and buildings sectors for fifteen years. Throughout her career, Louise has worked closely with the energy and buildings industries, the nonprofit sector, and policymakers on research and policy development, most recently for the UK Green Building Council. She is an external expert for the European Commission and has served as an expert witness to provide evidence to the United Kingdom’s House of Lords. Before moving into the energy field, she spent her early career working in international development and community development.
- Louise Sunderland