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Making non-residential buildings energy efficient: Ever heard of the GreenBuilding Programme?
The building sector is one of the largest CO2 emitters in the EU and a crucial field of action that Covenant signatory cities ought to include in their Sustainable Energy Action Plans. For local authorities, addressing the non-residential sector – outside of their sphere of competence - can often prove a considerable challenge.

In this context, the European Commission’s voluntary GreenBuilding Programme (GBP) can provide significant help, as it supports energy efficiency improvements in both existing and new, non-residential buildings across Europe. Via this programme, the European Commission gives partner status to companies implementing sustainable energy measures in their building stock, and provides them with information support and public recognition.

In some countries, bodies selected as National Contact Points can help the local organisations to find out more about the programme, and whenever these are not available additional information can be obtained through the Joint Research Centre.

The support information is available in the form of “technical modules” which focus on service improvements (heating, lighting, water heating, etc.) and guidelines which touch on more horizontal issues such as financing, energy audit and energy management.

One key objective of the programme is to demonstrate the economic viability of energy saving measures in the building sector, by focusing on proven technologies with short payback time. More information on this programme can be found here.

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