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.
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.
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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