Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford

Worldwide Status of Energy Standards for Buildings

commercial buildings

This project investigates the worldwide status of energy standards for buildings in more than 80 countries keyed to the legal status (i.e. mandatory, voluntary, proposed) and building sector coverage (i.e. residential, commercial, or both) of such standards in different countries. It describes which countries have added new energy standards since 1993, when a previous study gathered information on this topic from 57 countries. The previous study was conducted by Kathryn Janda and John Busch through Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA.

The current project has four primary goals:

  1. Gather information on existing standards or proposed strategies that improve the energy performance of buildings
  2. Learn how these standards have evolved since the 1993 study
  3. Create a compendium of the findings
  4. Share the information gathered through an interactive database, which will allow respondents to update information from their country and search for information from other countries

This project relies on a survey instrument to gather factual information on standards (proposed and/or existing) in different countries, with an emphasis on non-residential buildings. We expect the survey to be answered—either online or via fax—by respondents in more than 80 countries. The survey has been designed to address a range of issues that lead to better energy performance in the built environment including: increasing energy efficiency, reducing consumption, minimizing carbon emissions, promoting green buildings, improving access to renewable energy technologies, managing peak demand, and incorporating passive design features. While the survey addresses some broader issues, at its core is a detailed set of questions about specific standards named by the respondents. Countries that have more than one applicable standard may complete multiple surveys to capture this range of strategies. The survey is being sent to persons around the world who hold appropriate positions in organizations ranging from government to academia to professional associations.

Further Links

  • Janda, K. B., & J. F. Busch. 1993. "Worldwide Status of Energy Standards for Buildings." LBL-33587. Vols. I and II. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory: Berkeley, CA. (Volume I is a copy of the paper published Energy, available below; Volume II is a set of appendices with data from the original survey.)
  • Janda, K. B., & J. F. Busch. 1994. "Worldwide Status of Energy Standards for Buildings." Energy 19 (1):27-44.
  • Janda, K. B. 2007. "Overview of Energy Standards for Buildings." Presentation at United Nations FoRUM on Energy Efficiency and Energy Security for Sustainable Development: Taking Collaborative Action on Climate Change, December 17-18, in Seoul, Korea.
  • Janda, K. B. 2008. "Overview of Energy Standards for Buildings." Background Report. United Nations: Seoul, Korea.
  • Janda, K. B. 2008. "Worldwide Status of Energy Standards for Buildings: A 2007 Update." In proceedings of The Fifth Annual Improving Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings (IEECB). Frankfurt, Germany. April 9-10, 2008.
  • Janda, K.B. 2009 "Worldwide Status of Energy Standards for Buildings: A 2009 Update." In proceedings of the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ECEEE) Summer Study. Cote d’Azur, France. June 1-6, 2009.
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