IEA's Energy Efficient Building Envelope Technology Roadmap (Webinar)

18 December 2013
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PresentationIEA Technology Roadmap: Energy Efficient Building Envelopes Launch

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The Clean Energy Solutions Center, in partnership with the International Energy Agency (IEA), hosted this training webinar on IEA’s new publication, “Technology Roadmap: Energy Efficient Building Envelopes.” The roadmap presents detailed strategies and actions to transform the way buildings are constructed by 2050. Key elements include the increased deployment of existing building materials and practices, the introduction of existing solutions to developing markets, and the development of new technologies with higher performance and lower cost. The roadmap also details:

  • A status of technology today for insulation, air sealing, windows, and reflective surfaces, along with market analysis of efficient building envelope technologies for 12 global regions
  • Technology development milestones and actions required to initiate the transformation from inefficient buildings envelopes to those that support zero-energy buildings
  • The role that building material performance metrics and global standards harmonization play to enable global investment and local manufacturing in higher performing building materials
  • The need to pursue highly compliant and stringent building codes for new construction, and policies to promote deep-renovation for the existing buildings stock
  • Recommendations for all stakeholders, including governments, researcher, manufacturers, builders, utilities, designers, and others.


Didier HoussinDidier Houssin

Didier Houssin became Director of Sustainable Energy Policy and Technology at the International Energy Agency on 1 December 2012. Previously, he served for five years as Director of Energy Markets and Security. Before joining the International Energy Agency, Mr. Houssin, a French national, was Managing Director of BRGM, the French Geological Survey where, since 2004, he had extensive management responsibilities over the 850-strong group. Among other matters, he was involved at BRGM in carbon capture and sequestration and in geothermal energy. Prior to joining BRGM, Mr. Houssin was the former Director of Energy and Mineral Resources in the French Ministry of Economy between 1997 and 2004. Mr. Houssin graduated from the Ecole Nationale d’Administration and has a Masters in International Law.

Marc LaFranceMarc LaFrance

Marc LaFrance is working in the Energy Demand Technology Unit of the International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) Sustainable Policy and Technology Directorate on analysis related to buildings. Prior to serving at the IEA, Mr. LaFrance managed a Building R&D program at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) focusing on the next generation of technologies that will contribute to achieving zero energy buildings. His projects won four 100 R&D Awards. He also served at Asia Pacific Energy Research Centre in Tokyo working on macro energy and economic analyses for the APEC region. His prior work at the U.S. DOE included the voluntary ENERGY STAR and mandatory minimum efficiency standards programs. Mr. LaFrance has a BS Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a MS Degree in Urban Systems Engineering.