It is hard to overstate the importance of the buildings sector towards efforts to save energy. Buildings are responsible for over 30% of global final energy consumption and will account for even more as populations grow and developing countries obtain more purchasing power, with an estimated 50% rise in building energy demand by 2050. Significant savings can be achieved, however: G20 countries alone represent about three-quarters of cumulative global energy savings potential in buildings. Addressing this potential is the aim of IPEEC’s Buildings Energy Efficiency Task Group (BEET).
The BEET is a collaborative platform for member countries to research, inform and support the development and implementation of effective building energy efficiency policies. Led by Australia and the United States, it brings together all 16 of IPEEC’s member economies as well as Indonesia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain and Turkey, raising the total number of G20 countries in the BEET to 19. The Task Group reports to the G20 as part of the G20 Energy Efficiency Leading Programme – the G20’s first long-term framework for energy efficiency cooperation. Over the past two years, the BEET has focused on three priority areas for improving the energy efficiency of buildings globally: reviewing the best approaches for energy efficiency ratings schemes for residential buildings, building energy code implementation, and building energy performance metrics.
In late 2016, the BEET completed its most recent project on the international review of residential building energy efficiency rating schemes among IPEEC member countries. Known as BEET5, the report – which is the fifth in a series conducted by the Task Group- investigates the design, governance and management of residential building energy efficiency rating schemes, considers their cost-effectiveness and market impact, the barriers encountered in their development and implementation, and lessons learned. Drawing on a range of national experiences, the report constitutes a valuable tool for use by countries and sub-national jurisdictions interested in or currently developing their own residential energy efficiency rating schemes.
Projects like BEET5 highlight the importance of international cooperation in helping realise the large energy savings potential in buildings. By pursuing joint efforts to develop, compare and promote effective national building energy policy options and tools, member countries can learn from one another and take their actions further. In the coming months, the BEET will continue to focus on the development of resources and collaborative models to assist countries in improving building productivity. With the Paris Agreement now in force, it is more important than ever to enhance cooperative action in this sector, and the BEET is ready and willing to play its part.
To learn more about the BEET, click here.
To read the BEET5 report, click here.
 Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (2016), Global Status Report 2016.
 G20 (2016), G20 Energy Efficiency Leading Programme.