Launch of new buildings network website

eid2grey-02The Global Buildings Performance Network based in Paris has revamped its entire website and launched its participative global Knowledge Platform advancing best practice policies in building energy performance. The new GBPN web-based tool, will stimulate collective research and analysis from experts worldwide to promote better decision-making and help the building sector effectively reduce its impact on climate change.

The new platform was designed to enable key stakeholders from the building sector – researchers & experts, policy-makers from our regions, building professionals, members of governmental institutions and multilateral organisations – to gather around a common participatory tool and a common purpose: sharing and curating global best knowledge and data on building performance policies that can deliver the abatement potential of buildings globally.

The new GBPN platform includes four exclusive online interactive and collaborative tools:

1)     A Policy Comparative Tool, enabling comparison of the world’s best practice policies for new buildings (residential and commercial), by reviewing 25 state of the art building energy efficiency codes and using 15 criteria developed with some of the world’s leading experts in the field.

The Policy Comparative Tool provides interactive data visualization. Users can access detailed building codes information, search specific parameters and generate graphs and comparisons. By understanding how jurisdictions have designed and implemented best practice codes and supporting packages, policy makers can use this information to strengthen the future design of dynamic policies that can help move the building stock towards zero energy.

2)     A Report Database, a unique knowledge pyramid presenting all of our publications in 10 different formats to address the information needs of different stakeholders. Users can browse our database and check out which steps of the GBPN knowledge pyramid best suits their information needs.

3)     A Glossary gathering key terms in the field of buildings energy performance to fill the lack of a common terminology and facilitate international research collaboration.

4)     The Laboratory, a participative platform for building energy efficiency experts to share information and generate knowledge on how best to develop ambitious building energy performance policies globally. The Laboratory focuses on two main topics: Positive Energy Buildings and More and Deeper Renovation.

The GBPN Knowledge Platform is a Linked Open Data project that aims to open and connect with the best resources, data and information on buildings energy performance policies worldwide.

EiD has tried out the new site and is convinced that readers will both enjoy and benefit from it.  But, be prepared to work.  The Laboratory is participative and needs you to take an active role.

The website also includes many new reports that have just been published by GBPN. EiD will review them in coming weeks.  But, first, try out the site. I think you’ll enjoy it.

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