Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE)

The Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) is an independent, European organization dedicated to improving the energy performance of buildings across Europe, and thereby contributing to the reduction of CO2 emissions from the energy use of buildings. It acts both as a center of expertise on all aspects of energy efficiency and energy performance in European buildings and as the European hub for the Global Buildings Performance Network created by ClimateWorks. BPIE’s mission is to: support the development of ambitious but pragmatic building related policies and programs at both EU and member state level and drive their timely and efficient implementation by teaming up with relevant stakeholders from the policy and research community, the building industry and consumer bodies. Created in 2010, BPIE is a not for profit organization, based in Brussels. Its funding is provided by the European Climate Foundation and ClimateWorks who also provided active support during its developing stage. Energy use in European buildings is to a great extent contributive (~40%) to the European CO2 emissions that were approaching 4 Gt in 2006. To reach the long-term targets of reducing CO2 emission levels by at least 60–80 % by 2050 will need a major effort on improving building energy efficiency, particularly for existing buildings. This necessitates a complete rethink of energy use in buildings. But turning theoretical knowledge into practice will require a long term effort relying on the mobilization of all stakeholders and markets across Europe.