Thematic Track Session 2.2

Energy Efficiency in Buildings

Today, buildings account for one-third of global energy consumption and emissions and likely to increase substantially with growing urbanization. New construction will account for the majority of building energy use across the region in the next decade; but at the same time, the opportunity for investment in green building retrofits is billions of dollars per year across the region. What are the policies needed to ensure that existing buildings are upgraded and modernized to reduce the need for energy for electricity, heating and/or cooling? What can governments do to incentivize investment in new green and affordable buildings by the private sector? How can local governments play a leading role to ensure compliance with building codes? How can the private sector support the government to reduce energy consumed by buildings including embodied carbon in cement?

Presentations in this session will cover a review of ADB projects on energy efficiency and green buildings across Asia and the Pacific; insights from South Korea’s national policies for enhancing building energy efficiency; the results of a three-country survey in Central Asia that examined the awareness among households of the importance and effectiveness of insulation for comfort and energy efficiency; innovative community-based approaches that the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has been taking to deploy energy-efficient solutions tailored to local climates and cultures; a successful approach for leveraging public sector buildings for energy-efficiency market transformation in India; and the results from a competitive Innovation Challenge Fund in Vietnam, which enabled innovators to demonstrate novel energy efficiency solutions as technologies with sound business cases.


4:00 - 4:05 p.m.

Introduction from Moderator

4:05 - 4:55 p.m.


Ramola Naik Singru, Principal Urban Development Specialist, ADB

House Insulation: Awareness and Willingness in Central Asia

Dina Azhgaliyeva, Senior Research Fellow, ADBI

Innovation and Investment in the Built Environment: A Community Based Approach to Buildings and Energy Efficiency Solutions

Derina Man, Group Manager, Residential Buildings Solutions and Scaling National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Approach for Leveraging Public Sector Buildings for Energy Efficiency Market Transformation

Shivam Gupta and Manish Gupta, Senior Project Manager, Environmental Design Solutions

Korea's Visionary National Policies for Enhancing Building Energy Efficiency

Youn-Kyu Seo, Manager of Zero Energy Building Operation Team, Building Energy Management Division,KEA

Using Emerging Technologies to Deliver More Energy Efficient Buildings, Industries, and Homes

Jette Findsen, Chief of Party, USAID Vietnam Urban Energy Security, DAI

4:55 - 5:25 p.m.

Panel Discussion and Q&A

5:25 - 5:30 p.m.