Dubai Engages City Leaders

Local partners gather in Dubai to discuss high-priority building efficiency actions in the city. Photo by Emirates GBC.

Leaders from across Dubai, including government, private developers, professional contractors and building design consultants, convened in December to identify high-priority building efficiency actions in the city. Dubai’s participation in the BEA builds on existing energy initiatives such as the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, which aims to reduce energy demand in 2030 by 30 percent.

The Partnership is Expanding

Elizabeth Wangeci of the Kenya Green Building Society (KGBS) speaking at their recent BEA Introduction workshop in January 2017. Photo by KGBS.

It’s official: the BEA now has 26 partner cities and jurisdictions. A big welcome to Mérida, Mexico; Kisii County, Kenya; and Nairobi, Kenya, our three newest additions. We look forward to supporting you in convening local partners and planning and implementing your building efficiency actions.

Voices of Efficiency: Cristina Gamboa, Juan Camilo González and Bogotá’s Leadership through Partnership

Cristina Gamboa, CEO of the Colombia Green Building Council (CCCS) and Vice-chair of the World GBC, and Juan Camilo González, Manager of the North City Project for the Mayor’s Office and Advisor to Bogotá Mayor Enrique Peñalosa. Photo by WRI.

As Colombia’s capital and largest city, Bogotá has significant local government capacity. However, because of limited experience with implementing efficiency policies, the city lacks technical expertise to implement a new national building energy regulation or otherwise encourage more efficient construction. Bogotá is working with local stakeholders and the global Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) partnership to develop and implement locally-relevant efficiency actions.

To understand more about driving action on efficiency in Bogotá, WRI’s Eric Mackres talked with two local change agents: Cristina Gamboa is CEO of Consejo Colombiano de Construcción Sostenible (CCCS, the Colombia Green Building Council) and Vice-chair of World Green Building Council. Juan Camilo González is Manager of the North City Project for the Mayor’s Office and Advisor to Bogotá’s Mayor Enrique Peñalosa. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Read more here.

Philippine Cities Connect on Codes

BEA Knowledge Exchange in Manila, Philippines. Photo by ICLEI.

On December 9, 2016 while in Manila for a Compact of Mayors training, BEA cities Mandaluyong, Science City of Muñoz and Santa Rosa (Philippines) convened at a Knowledge Exchange event focused on building energy codes and building efficiency. Development partners, who have been integral to the development of building codes in the Philippines, participated in the event which was convened by ICLEI Southeast Asia. As a pioneer in formulating green building policies, the city of Mandaluyong shared its experience with other local governments. The Global Buildings Performance Network also contributed on behalf of the BEA Codes working group.

BEA Breakfast at COP22

BEA partners and municipalities gather during COP22 at the BEA Breakfast. Photo by WorldGBC.

Over 30 BEA partners and municipalities gathered at a breakfast in Marrakech, Morocco during COP22. BEA municipalities Iskandar (Malaysia), Dubai (UAE) and Warsaw (Poland) presented their latest building efficiency activities, highlighting strong partnerships with their local Green Building Councils. BEA partners Global Environment Facility (GEF), United Nations Foundation and Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) spoke about linking energy efficiency and financing options for cities.

Targeting Customers’ Needs to Improve Building Efficiency in Milwaukee

The city of Milwaukee in the United States is improving energy efficiency in buildings by focusing policies and programs on individual sectors to meet their unique needs. Photo by Anne Helmond/Flickr.

For some building owners, renovations—including retrofitting heating, cooling, and lighting systems—can be a way to attract tenants. For homeowners, improving insulation can make for more comfortable as well as energy efficient homes. For industry, more efficient equipment means expanding production lines while saving money. After many years of learning, the city of Milwaukee in the United States has developed a comprehensive suite of building efficiency programs that benefit the general public while meeting the needs and motivations of each of these individual sectors.

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