Green growth and sustainable development

Transition to Sustainable Buildings

Strategies and Opportunities to 2050

Published on June 27, 2013

Buildings are the largest energy consuming sector in the world, and account for over one-third of total final energy consumption and an equally important source of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Achieving significant energy and emissions reduction in the buildings sector is a challenging but achievable policy goal.Transition to Sustainable Buildings presents detailed scenarios and strategies to 2050, and demonstrates how to reach deep energy and emissions reduction through a combination of best available technologies and intelligent public policy. This IEA study is an indispensible guide for decision makers, providing informative insights on:-Cost-effective options, key technologies and opportunities in the buildings sector; -Solutions for reducing electricity demand growth and flattening peak demand; -Effective energy efficiency policies and lessons learned from different countries; -Future trends and priorities for ASEAN, Brazil, China, the European Union, India, Mexico, Russia, South Africa and the United States; -Implementing a systems approach using innovative products in a cost effective manner; and -Pursuing whole-building (e.g. zero energy buildings) and advanced-component policies to initiate a fundamental shift in the way energy is consumed.