Implementing Building Energy Codes: Implementation and Compliance Actions (Webinar)

12 November 2015

The Clean Energy Solutions Center, in partnership with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and the Global Buildings Performance Network (GBPN), hosted this webinar on building energy codes implementation and compliance actions.

The potential benefits of building energy codes are numerous. With effective codes, buildings could deliver energy services to families and businesses using a fraction of the energy used today, while improving comfort and productivity. Jobs and markets could be created in new industries for energy saving technologies. Pollution in homes and cities and heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions could be mitigated, protecting human health, well-being, and prosperity. The potential is great, but realizing that potential requires the successful implementation of building energy codes.

This webinar presented lessons learned from G20 countries in successfully implementing and improving compliance with building energy codes, and case studies from Australia and South Africa. The presentations were based on outcomes of the Building Energy Efficiency Task Group 3 project conducted for the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC), the Major Economies Forum (MEF), and G20 by PNNL and GBPN. The BEET 3 project included data collection on current code status in MEF and G20 countries, identification of candidate areas for collaboration by an expert review panel, and phone discussions and webinars with experts from participating governments.

For more information on the BEET 3 project, please visit the web portal:

The presentations were followed by an interactive question and answer session with the audience.


Meredydd EvansMeredydd Evans, Senior Staff Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Meredydd Evans is an energy policy and finance expert with over 20 years of international experience. She has worked on energy efficiency and clean energy policies and projects in numerous countries. She is a senior staff scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), where she \manages a program on international sustainable energy, including efforts on building energy efficiency codes and retrofits, energy data for policy and clean energy investments. She began working at PNNL in 1994, and she was seconded to the International Energy Agency in Paris from 2002 to2006. While at the IEA, she served as Acting Head of the Non-Member Country Division and she wrote two books on energy policy. Both works have been used by national governments in designing policies, laws and regulatory systems. In addition, she has she led assessments of climate-related investments and policies, and she has developed energy efficiency and greenhouse mitigation projects worth over $100 million. Ms. Evans has a B.A. from Columbia University’s Barnard College and an M.A. from Harvard University. She is fluent in five languages and has published numerous books and articles.

Jonah SteinbuckJonah Steinbuck, Climate and Clean Energy Fellow, Office of International Affairs, U.S. Department of Energy

Jonah Steinbuck is a Climate and Clean Energy Fellow in the Office of International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy. His work currently focuses on advancing clean energy and energy efficiency policy through international fora such as the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC), the Clean Energy Ministerial, and the G-20. He serves as the U.S. lead for the IPEEC Building Energy Efficiency Task Group (BEET), which facilitates the exchange of best practices in building energy policy. Previously, he served on the staffs of the American Meteorological Society Policy Program, the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Peter GrahamPeter Graham, Executive Director, GBPN

Dr. Peter Graham has been the Technical Advisor and past Coordinator of the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative where he has developed and managed many of UNEP’s key projects and publications in the building sector. He comes to the GBPN from a position as Head of Discipline for Architecture and Design at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. In these roles, Peter worked closely with the public, civil and private sectors to assist the global transition to a sustainable building and construction industry.

Sha YuSha Yu, Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Sha Yu is a scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Her research focuses on developing and implementing energy efficiency and clean energy policies in developing countries such as India, China, Russia, and Vietnam. Building on her experience in building energy codes development and implementation, she is currently working with the State of Rajasthan to roll out the implementation of the Energy Conservation Building Code. She is also assessing future energy consumption of the Indian buildings sector and policy options, using the Global Change Assessment Model (GCAM). In addition, she has worked on the integrated assessment modeling in industrial, building, and transportation sectors; the modeling tool helps countries to analyze the impact of economic, demographic, and social development on energy supply and demand in the near and long terms. Sha Yu is also developing black carbon emissions inventory and mitigation measures in the Russian Arctic. Prior to joining PNNL, she worked on the environmental and social programs for the Beijing Olympic Games; she also worked on education and water projects in India focusing on social equity and development. Sha Yu received her Master’s degree in environmental and energy policy.