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Accelerating Building Efficiency: Eight Actions for Urban Leaders

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This report by the World Resources Institute provides local governments and other urban leaders in cities around the world with the background, guidance, and tools to accelerate building efficiency action in their communities.


According to the report, multiple barriers to building efficiency exist, which may make efficiency a lower priority for investment. Barriers consist of market, financial, technical, institutional, and awareness-related issues, which can prevent or deter people from making efficiency investments.


Policies can help overcome these barriers when they align the interests of all actors at each stage of a building’s lifecycle in order to make pursuing building efficiency a compelling choice. Policy packages can be designed to target key barriers to energy efficiency in any given market, bridge the efficiency gap, and create an opportunity for scaling up efficiency solutions and investment.


According to the report, leaders in the public and private sectors alike can influence the efficiency of buildings. This document describes in details eight actions that deliver accelerated building efficiency in cities. These actions are:


  1. Building efficiency codes and standards
  2. Efficiency improvement targets
  3. performance information and certifications
  4. Incentives and finance
  5. Government leadership by example
  6. Engaging building owners, managers, and occupants
  7. Engaging technical and financial service providers
  8. Working with utilities



To download the report, please use the link below.