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Action plan for energy-efficient housing in the UNECE region

Golubchikov, Oleg ORCID: 2011. Action plan for energy-efficient housing in the UNECE region. New York and Geneva: United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. Available at:

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In the UNECE region, buildings are responsible for over a third of total final energy consumption. Much of this energy is used by the residential sector. The problem affects both developed States and those with economies in transition, and the solution is at hand: modern technologies that reduce buildings’ energy consumption between 30% and 50% without greatly increasing investment costs. Energy efficiency reforms in the housing sector should be a major priority for all Governments, especially for countries with economies in transition. In many cities of the UNECE region buildings are still being constructed without meeting appropriate regulations, and the retrofitting of existing housing stock is lagging behind, even in advanced industrialized countries. These problems are particularly challenging in some countries due to weak institutional frameworks, inadequate budgets for housing, outdated building codes, low innovative capacity of the local construction industry, weak public and private research activities and less developed housing markets. In addition, among the population, personal awareness of daily energy use patterns is poor. Policy action is needed to improve energy efficiency in housing, which will, as a consequence, create economic and environmental benefits and significantly enhance the quality of life for present and future generations.

Item Type: Monograph (Other)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Publisher: United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2022 08:48

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