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Policy & Projects

IEA EBC engagement activities

To facilitate industry, academic and public engagement with the IEA EBC Programme in Australia, the Energy Efficiency Council will keep you up-to-date with engagement activites pertaining to the IEA EBC - whether they be delivered in Australia or available online.

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Upcoming IEA EBC engagement activities in Australia



Upcoming IEA EBC engagement activities:

Annex 82:

Annex 82 - Energy Flexible Buildings Towards Resilient Low Carbon Energy Systems will be hosting its next meeting in late April to introduce participants to the project and begin initial research discussions. 

From Monday April 19 to Thursday April 22, Annex 82 will be hosting four workshops from 3pm – 6pm CEST (or 11pm – 2am AEST) which will be recorded for viewing after the event. This agenda will include a summary of the previous linked project (Annex 67), an overview of each of the subtasks, and discussion activities focused on research questions. 

You can read a summary of the project here or you can download the detailed project outline here.  

Please contact Kate Jennings at kate.jennings@eec.org.au if you are interested in participating in this meeting, joining the Annex or learning more. 



The Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre & the IEA EBC Annex 86 “Energy Efficient Indoor Air Quality Management in Residential Buildings” (https://annex86.iea-ebc.org/) are organizing a workshop consisting of a series of four webinars on:

Detailed information on each event can be found at: https://www.aivc.org/events/webinars


Past engagement activities

Click through the list below to jump to past public sessions delivered by various annexes, working groups and the Energy Efficiency Council.


9 December 2020: Resilient Ventilative Cooling in practice - webinar

The current development in building energy efficiency towards nZEB buildings represents a number of new challenges to design and construction. One of these major challenges is the increased need for cooling in these highly insulated and airtight buildings, which is not only present in the summer period but also in the shoulder seasons and in offices even in midwinter. Resilient ventilative cooling can be an energy efficient solution to address this cooling challenge in buildings.

This webinar will present solutions of ventilative cooling in practice in residential and non-residential buildings. Peter Holzer, operating agent of IEA EBC Annex 80 Resilient Cooling of Buildings, will give an overview, and speakers from industry will demonstrate interesting ventilative cooling components.

This webinar is organised by INIVE EEIG (www.inive.org) with the support of the IEA EBC Annex 80 Resilient Cooling of Buildings (https://annex80.iea-ebc.org/), the IEA-EBC Annex 62 Ventilative Cooling (https://venticool.eu/annex-62-home/) and the venticool platform (www.venticool.eu), and in cooperation with the Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre (www.aivc.org).

Presentations and Speakers:

  • Introduction to resilient ventilative cooling and venticool, Hilde Breesch - KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Ventilative cooling components: An overview, Peter Holzer - Operating Agent EBC Annex 80, Institute of Building Research & Innovation, Austria
  • Application of louvres to support ventilative cooling, Ivan Pollet - Renson, Belgium
  • Examples of air flow enhancing and natural cooling components, Scott Paton - Monodraught, United Kingdom
  • Controlled windows for ventilative cooling, Peter Foldbjerg - Velux, Denmark
  • Ventilative cooling integrated design, Jannick Roth - WindowMaster, Denmark

Participation to the webinar is FREE but requires you to REGISTER for the event - learn more here.


Call for Papers - Special Issue of Atmosphere on “Building Energy Codes and Greenhouse Gas Mitigation”

Meredydd Evans (Building Energy Codes Working Group Operating Agent / Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) and Michael Donn (Building Energy Codes Working Group Co-Chair / Victoria University of Wellington) are serving as Guest Editors for the special issue of the journal Atmosphere on “Building Energy Codes and Greenhouse Gas Mitigation.”

They invite researchers to contribute original research articles, as well as review articles, dealing with building energy codes and how they can help to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Modeling to assess the impact of building energy codes on greenhouse gas mitigation;
  • Analysis of what makes codes effective in mitigation, including assessments of code impacts post-construction;
  • Implementation and compliance case studies and analysis;
  • Nearly zero carbon and similar aggressive “stretch” codes;
  • Building energy codes for existing buildings

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 January 2021

For more information, including how to submit a manuscript, please click here


Driving global collaboration on high performance buildings with Paul Ruyssevelt and Carlos Flores - Wednesday 26 August 2020

Listen to the podcast here, or check out the live video recording below!

The EEC's CEO, Luke Menzel, was joined by one of the UK's leading energy efficiency experts, and one of Australia's most knowledgable built environment specialist to discuss global collaboration on energy efficient and resilient buildings.

A lot has happened in energy efficiency since 2018, and on Wednesday 26 August we checked in with two key experts: 

  • Paul Ruyssevelt, Professor of Energy and Building Performance at the UCL Energy Institute and Vice Chair of the EBC; and
  • Carlos Flores, Director - National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS), the world leading benchmarking tool for measuring energy efficiency, carbon emissions and resource usage in the built environment. 

Paul and Carlos are the IEA EBC's national representatives for the UK and Australia respectively, and are key players in the global collaborative research effort to drive the transition to energy efficient buildings and resilient communities.

Paul, Carlos and Luke discussed the role of the IEA EBC, it's achievements, it's goals, and how Australian academia and industry can get involved to ensure that our energy transition enables healthy and comfortable buildings, as well as clean and affordable energy for all.


Annex 81 - Data-Driven Smart Buildings webinar - Friday 19 June 2020

Please contact Dr Stephen White for more information about this past session.

Annex 81 Operating Agent Dr Stephen White was joined for a discussion by:

  • Clayton Miller, NUS Singapore, “Crowdsourcing Machine Learning for Building Energy Prediction: Learning from the ASHRAE Great Energy Predictor III Kaggle Competition”
  • Gabe Fierro, UCB USA, “A Platform for Data-Driven Analytics with Brick”
  • Tianzhen Hong, LBNL USA, “Data for new insights into building performance”
  • Zoltan Nagy, UTexas USA, “CityLearn: An Open AI Gym Environment for intelligent Energy Management”


Building Energy Codes Working Group - Energy Codes for Existing Buildings webinar - Monday 8 June 2020

You can watch the webinar here.

Meli Stylianou, Manager of Housing and Buildings R&D at CanmetENERGY hosted a variety of speakers showcasing New York and Canada's approaches to developing energy codes for existing buildings, including:

  • Gina Bocra, Chief Sustainability Officer, NYC Department of Buildings, presenting "Existing Building Energy and Carbon Reductions – the Path to Carbon Neutrality in New York City", and
  • Sarah Gibb and and Greg Fairthorne, Technical Advisors for the National Research Council of Canada, "Developing a Framework for Alterations to Existing Buildings"


Building Energy Codes Working Group - Net/Nearly Zero Energy Buildings webinar - Monday 18 May 2020

You can watch the webinar here.

Stanford Harrison - Manager, Commercial Buildings Policy, Australian Government - hosted several guests from EBC member countries that have begun introducing net or nearly zero energy buildings in their building energy codes. Including:

  • Adam Hinge from Sustainable Energy Partnerships, "Zero Energy Building Definitions and Policy Activity"
  • Jodie Pipkorn, Residential Buildings Policy, Australian Government, "Towards Net Zero in Australia – Residential Building Codes"
  • Professor Vincenzo Corrado from the Department of Energy, Politecnico di Torino, "Toward Nearly Zero Energy in the European Union – From a Common Framework to National Implementation"
  • Alex Ferguson, researcher at Natural Resources Canada, "Canadian Experiences with Net-Zero Ready Housing Codes: Observations from Metrics Research and Impact Analysis"


Building Energy Codes Working Group - Building energy issues and the COVID-19 response webinar - Tuesday 5 May 2020

You can watch the webinar here.

David Nemtzow (US Department of Energy) and Takao Sawachi (Building Research Institue of Japan) led discussion with industry leaders and IEA members on the impacts COVID-19 has had on buidling energy management and disease mitigation. Including:

  • William Bahnfleth, Chair of the ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force, "Infectious aerosols and impact of COVID-19 on HVAC systems"
  • Jarek Kurnitski, Chair of the REHVA Technology & Research committee, "Building operations to prevent the spread of COVID-19"
  • Paul Ruyssevelt (University College) and Jeremy Williams (US Department of Energy), "Global perspectives: COVID-19 challenges, response, and impact on industry"