In 2008, the buildings sector represented around 40% of the total primary energy consumption in many countries including the U.S. The proportion of energy consumed by buildings is expected to increase in the future as emerging economies develop, rising temperatures increases demand for cooling buildings, and rising personal wealth increases consumer demand for appliances.
The International Energy Agency (IEA) has announced the Building Energy Efficiency Policies (BEEP) database. This is intended as a global one-stop shop for buildings energy efficiency policies for policy makers, industry and researchers worldwide. The database collects information on buildings energy codes including minimum energy performance requirements that focus on achieving zero energy buildings, buildings energy labels which increase awareness about energy consumption of buildings, and incentives schemes for capacity building, technical assistance and raising awareness.
The database includes information from all IEA member countries as well as China, India, Tunisia, South Africa and Russia. The IEA secretariat encourages all countries to submit information on their buildings energy efficiency policies to be included in the database.