Policy Guide

Minimum energy performance standards (MEPS)


  • Aydin, Vera (Lead author)
  • Thomas, Stefan (Reviewer)

References and further reading

  • Bowie, Randall (2010): How the EPBD Recast will Transform the Buildings Market. Presentation held at IEECB 2010. Frankfurt, 13-14 April 2010.
  • Center for American Progress (CAP) (2009): Rebuilding America. A National Policy Framework for Investment in Energy Efficiency Retrofits. August 2009. www.bigee.net/s/m8jpvx
  • California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) (2001): California Standard Practice Manual: Economic Analysis of Demand-Side Programs and Projects.  www.bigee.net/s/nrgrxt (Word documents) or www.bigee.net/s/ft386p
  • Goldstein, David B. (2006): International Best Practice in Building Energy Codes. Presentation held at the workshop on “Energy Efficiency in Buildings: Meeting the G8 Gleneagles Challenge”, International Energy Agency, Paris. 27-28 November 2006.
  • Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) (2010): European Directive 2010/31/EU on the energy performance of buildings. www.bigee.net/s/44tvpd 
  • Fraunhofer IBP (2012): Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings. Examples of the sector trade, commerce, services. Presentation held at World Sustainable Energy Days 2012 in Wels, Austria. www.bigee.net/s/vtgxj9
  • International Energy Agency (IEA) (2007): Financing energy efficient homes. Existing policy responses to financial barriers. Paris.
  • International Energy Agency (IEA) (2008): Energy Efficiency Requirements in Building Codes, Energy Efficiency Policies for New Buildings. Paris.
  • International Energy Agency (IEA) (2010): Monitoring, Verification and Enforcement. Improving compliance within equipment energy efficiency programmes. Paris.
  • Iwaro, Joseph; Mwasha, Abraham (2010): A review of building energy regulation and policy for energy conservation on developing countries. Energy Policy 38 (2010). pp. 7744-7755.
  • Janda, K.B. (2009): Worldwide status of energy standards for buildings: a 2009 update, Summer study of the European Council for Energy Efficient Economy (eceee), La Colle sur Loup.
  • UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) (2007): The Rebound Effect: An Assessment of the evidence for economy-wide energy savings from improved energy efficiency. October 2007. www.bigee.net/s/iyapbe
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) (2010): Promoting Energy Efficiency in Buildings: Lessons Learned from International Experience. New York.
  • World Energy Council (WEC) (2008): Energy Efficiency Policies around the World: Review and Evaluation. London.
  • World Energy Council (WEC) (2010): Energy Efficiency – A Recipe for Success. London.
  • Zhou, Nan; McNeil, Michael; Levine, Mark (2010): Assessment of Building Energy-Saving Policies and Programs in China During the 11th Five Year Plan. In: Proceedings of the 2010 International Energy Program Evaluation Conference, Paris. www.bigee.net/s/mkqmpd

Further information:

  • Global Buildings Performance Network: GBPN 
  • Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP): Since 1994 the joint initiative of the Alliance to Save Energy (www.bigee.net/s/ahxese), the Natural Resources Defense Council (www.bigee.net/s/nk1yim), and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (www.bigee.net/s/sk1fqe) has been promoting the adoption, implementation, and advancement of energy-efficient building codes and standards. 
  • The Online Code Environment and Advocacy Network (OCEAN) supports stakeholders in adopting and implementing building energy codes to improve the energy efficiency of our built environment. OCEAN is an interactive, web-based resource designed to share experiences, best practices, educational resources, and key facts regarding building energy codes. www.bigee.net/s/1ba9mn

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