Building Energy Codes-Best Practices Report for APEC Economies
"This paper was developed for the purpose of encouraging continued progress and innovation on building energy codes among APEC economies. As the energy intensity of buildings steadily increases, energy codes and standards are understood to be important to reducing energy consumption and pollutants by making new construction more energy efficient. The built environment not only accounts for the highest portion of overall energy consumption in most countries, but it also has been identified to contain some of the most cost effective improvement opportunities. However, it is only by mandating standards which capture the energy savings potential in every building, through a code, that large scale energy efficiency can occur."