IEA EBC - Energy in Buildings and Communities

Around one third of primary energy is required in non-industrial buildings such as apartments, offices, hospitals, and schools, where it is used for heating and cooling, lighting, ventilation, and operating devices. The building sector therefore makes a major contribution to the use of fossil fuels and the resulting carbon dioxide emissions. Uncertainties in the energy supply sector and the danger of global warming have caused many countries to introduce targets for reducing energy consumption in buildings. Overall these targets aim to reduce the energy consumption by between 5 and 30 %. (Source:

International cooperation, as part of which participants share their research activities and knowledge, is a crucial factor in achieving this goal. The Technology Collaboration Programme on Energy in Buildings and Communities (EBC TCP) allows researchers who are funded by national programmes and industry to combine their expertise, and achieve high-quality project results. Participating in the TCP projects enables these researchers to create and expand their own technical networks, whose benefits will extend long after the project in question has formally ended. The results are also used to formulate international and national energy-saving policies and standards. The task of EBC is to provide a framework for international research and to further increase awareness of the relevance of energy efficiency of buildings and neighbourhoods among key policymakers. EBC was one of the first initiatives founded within the network of Technology Collaboration Programmes. Formerly known as “Energy Conservation in Buildings and Communities”, the initiative received its current name in 2012.

High-priority research topics include:

  • Integrated planning and building design
  • Building energy systems
  • Building envelopes
  • Methods at the neighbourhood level
  • Real energy usage of buildings
  • Strategy plan (

In addition, the initiative aims to eliminate technical obstacles to the market penetration of new energy-saving technologies for residential, commercial, and office buildings as well as for systems at the neighbourhood level.


Year of foundation: 1977
Financing type: Task-shared
Member States: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, (Czech Republic), Sweden, Switzerland, UK and USA

Current projects

Nr.80 - Resilient Cooling
Nr.79 - Occupant-Centric Building Design and Operation
Nr.78 - Supplementing Ventilation with Gas-phase Air Cleaning, Implementation and Energy Implications
Nr.77 - EBC Annex 77 / SHC Task 61 Integrated Solutions for Daylight and Electric Lighting
Nr.76 - EBC Annex 76 / SHC Task 59 Deep Renovation of Historic Buildings Towards Lowest Possible Energy Demand and CO2 Emissions
Nr.75 - Cost-effective Building Renovation at District Level Combining Energy Efficiency & Renewables
Nr.74 - Competition and Living Lab Platform
Nr.73 - Tods Net Zero Energy Public Resilient Communities
Nr.72 - Assessing Life Cycle Related Environmental Impacts Caused by Buildings
Nr.71 - Building Energy Performance Assessment Based on In-situ Measurements
Nr.70 - Building Energy Epidemiology: Analysis of Real Building Energy Use at Scale
Nr.69 - Strategy and Practice of Adaptive Thermal Comfort in Low Energy Buildings
Nr.68 - Design and Operational Strategies for High IAQ in Low Energy Buildings
Nr.67 - Energy Flexible Buildings
Nr.05 - Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre


Delegate: Katja Rieß, Germany, k.rieß(at)

Alternate: Mira Heinze, Germany, m.heinze(at)

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