Building Momentum for Energy Efficiency through Voluntary Targets and Improvement Programs

The Clean Energy Solutions Center hosted this webinar in partnership with Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the World Resources Institute, presenting the core elements of the BEA Targets Playbook.

In general, while defining energy efficient, high-performance buildings through codes can be considered the foundation of a successful energy efficiency market transformation program, voluntary energy efficiency targets for existing buildings provide critical direction and momentum. They not only encourage buildings to be operated at a significantly reduced energy usage level, but they also incentivize the buildings industry (designers, developers, owners, managers, and service providers) to introduce innovative strategies and technologies that deliver large volumes of energy efficient, high-performance buildings, which should increase the cost-effectiveness of these buildings over time.

The BEA Targets Playbook is a step-by-step case study-based guide that cities and building portfolio managers can use to develop and implement voluntary building energy efficiency targets and improvement programs. The webinar will draw on the case of Changning District, Shanghai, which used a pioneering targets-based building efficiency program to establish itself as a leading low-carbon district in Asia and globally.


  • Shannon Hilsey, Project Associate Building Efficiency Initiative, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities at World Resources Institute
  • Mao Qin, Director of the Urban Renaissance and Low Carbon Development Office of Changning
  • Carolyn Szum, Program Manager China Research Program, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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