Buildings Energy Efficiency Task Group (BEET)

The Buildings Energy Efficiency Task Group (BEET) is a collaborative platform for countries to research, inform and support the development and implementation of effective building energy efficiency polices, with a core focus on building rating systems.

The BEET contributes to work under the G20 Energy Efficiency Action Plan.

Why do buildings matter for energy efficiency?

Membership and governance

Leading members: Australia and the United States.

Participants: All IPEEC member countries, plus Indonesia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain and Turkey.

Recent developments

Over the past year, the BEET has focused on two priority areas for improving the energy efficiency of buildings globally: building energy code implementation and building energy performance metrics. In partnership with the International Energy Agency, the Global Buildings Performance Network and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the BEET recently produced two major reports and developed a web portal to facilitate collaboration among participating countries on building energy efficiency.

  • The Delivering Energy Savings in Buildings report, which found that effective building energy code implementation is key to realising the massive energy savings potential of the building sector. The report offers a number of actions to increase compliance, including: implementing cost-effective building energy codes for all new construction and renovation; extending building rating, labelling, and disclosure policies to cover more building types; enforcing meaningful penalties for non-compliance; and implementing training and awareness programmes. Countries can strengthen these actions by sharing best practices and conducting joint capacity building training.
  • The Building Energy Performance Metrics report, which compares the historical efficiency trends in the buildings of major economies and provides illustrative data. It includes estimates of energy savings potential for the buildings sector and further highlights the need for smart efficiency policies to curb the growth of energy consumption in buildings.
  • Launched in October 2015 and hosted by the Global Buildings Performance Network, the web portal on building codes is a platform for sharing approaches to building code implementation that can accelerate improvements in energy performance and deliver greater cost savings for households and businesses.

The latest publications for this task group can be found on the Publications page.

Further information