Innovative Building Energy Codes 

Project Overview 

Status: Complete (2018)

The research project focused on building energy codes (BECs) as atool to achieve the first milestone of the energy strategy 2050 (ES2050) in the year 2035. The project investigated new approaches, concepts and elements of international BECs as input for the potential future design and development of the Swiss cantonal model regulations in the energysector (MuKEn). 

Our team scanned the international landscape for innovative BEC and assessed them through a comprehensive framework to evaluate their performance accross multiple metrics. We also conducted 19 expert interviews with local practitioners, regulators, and researchers.

Assessing the building energy codes of Denmark, France, England, Switzerland, and Sweden, we developed six innovative designs of BEC and highlight how they advance building decarbonization by increasing energy efficiency and renewable energies, considering embodied energy, closing the performance gap, and accelerating retrofits.

We derive six policy principles for advancing the development and implementation of building energy codes. Policymakers can thus learn valuable lessons from frontrunners’ experience and steer clear of avoidable pitfalls.

If you’d like get in touch with us, please contact Christof Knoeri, Marius  or Christina Nakhle.

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Final Project Report - ENGLISH
Final Project Report - GERMAN
Journal Publication
Funding and Partners