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 and building codes.

The BEET contributes to work under the G20 Energy Efficiency Leading Programme.

Why do buildings matter for energy efficiency?

Recent developments

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.

BEET’s latest report (BEET5) is an International Review of Residential Building Energy Efficiency Rating Schemes, which was developed by Australia to assist countries which are considering updating or developing new residential energy efficiency ratings schemes.

  • In partnership with the International Energy Agency, the Global Buildings Performance Network and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the BEET has also produced two major reports and developed a web portal to facilitate collaboration among participating countries on building performance metrics and building codes. 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. It is hosted by the Global Buildings Performance Network.
  • The International Review of Residential Building Energy Efficiency Rating Schemes report (BEET 5) compares energy efficiency rating residential schemes amongst BEET member countries and Part 2 distils the most successful elements of the different schemes into underlying principles for use by countries that have not yet developed ratings schemes, or in the case of Australia, are working with a number of jurisdictions to develop schemes with the intention of harmonising them over time.
  • The Building Energy Performance Metrics report (BEET 4) 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.
  • The Delivering Energy Savings in Buildings report (BEET 3) demonstrates 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 latest publications for this task group can be found on the Publications page.

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.

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