GBPN Webinar: “How-To” of Building Energy Code Development.

Start/Stop Date:
13 Nov 2013
Focus Areas:
Building energy code development
Type of Event:

4:00 p.m. CET | 10:00 a.m. EST


GBPN in partnership with the Clean Energy Solutions Center is organising a series of webinars on the “How-To” of Building Energy Code Development.

To achieve significant greenhouse gas mitigation in the building sector, all new buildings need to be developed towards zero energy or positive energy standards. To meet such standards, mandatory, dynamic and ambitious building codes and supporting policies should be incorporated into long-term strategies. Despite the strong awareness of the need for such standards, practical knowledge about how to develop and implement these standards is often missing.

The first webinar training in this “How-To” series, Getting the Building Codes Right: The Importance of Long-Term Energy Targets and Frequent Revision Cycles will investigate the importance of setting ambitious energy targets and ensuring the systematic and regular update of the building code in light of those targets.

Code developers from the Netherlands, Seattle and Ireland will share their experiences of developing progressive building energy codes to meet ambitious energy targets and will also explain the background context that has supported the move towards zero energy, including politics, market conditions, and technical capacity.


Introduction: Jens Laustsen, Technical Director, GBPN

Hans Van Eck, Unit Manager, Agentschap NL, Netherlands

Duane Jonlin, Energy Code and Energy Conservation Advisor, Seattle Department of Planning and Development, U.S.

Kevin O'Rourke, Head of Built Environment, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland