Network Overview

The New Building Efficiency (NBE) Network supports cities with planning and implementing ambitious energy efficiency policies and programmes for the construction and commissioning of new buildings.

Energy consumed in buildings accounts for around 50% of C40 city emissions, on average. Raising energy efficiency standards for new construction to deliver ultra-high-efficiency in new buildings represents one of the key opportunities for cities to lock-in emissions reductions of both carbon and other pollutants now for decades to come and avoid costly retrofits in future. The network supports cities in the transition to net zero carbon buildings to deliver significant emission reductions as well as realise the co-benefits such as cost savings, energy security, healthier buildings and better air quality.

New Building Efficiency Focus Areas

The following focus areas have been established for the network:

Getting to net zero carbon – how do cities plan and implement their policy pathways to deliver net zero carbon new buildings.

Measurement and verification – how do cities use measurement and verification to ensure that new buildings are performing how they are designed to perform and drive continuous improvement in performance.

Stakeholder engagement – how can cities engage effectively with multiple stakeholders to deliver higher performance in new buildings.

Compliance and enforcement – how can cities ensure effective implementation of mandatory performance requirements including incentives to stimulate market uptake.


Related blog posts & media:

Building Energy 2020 Programme  
Blog post: Building the Future | Sept. 28, 2017
Press release: Four South African Cities Strive to Make All New Buildings Zero Carbon | April 16, 2018