1. Preface

1.1. The International Energy Agency

The International Energy Agency (IEA) was established in 1974 within the framework of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to implement an international energy programme. A basic aim of the IEA is to foster international co-operation among the 29 IEA participating countries and to increase energy security through energy research, development and demonstration in the fields of technologies for energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.

1.2. The IEA Energy in Buildings and Communities Programme

The IEA co-ordinates international energy research and development (R&D) activities through a comprehensive portfolio of Technology Collaboration Programmes. The mission of the Energy in Buildings and Communities (EBC) Programme is to develop and facilitate the integration of technologies and processes for energy efficiency and conservation into healthy, low emission, and sustainable buildings and communities, through innovation and research. (Until March 2013, the IEA-EBC Programme was known as the Energy in Buildings and Community Systems Programme, ECBCS.)

The research and development strategies of the IEA-EBC Programme are derived from research drivers, national programmes within IEA countries, and the IEA Future Buildings Forum Think Tank Workshops. The research and development (R&D) strategies of IEA-EBC aim to exploit technological opportunities to save energy in the buildings sector, and to remove technical obstacles to market penetration of new energy efficient technologies. The R&D strategies apply to residential, commercial, office buildings and community systems, and will impact the building industry in five focus areas for R&D activities:

  • Integrated planning and building design
  • Building energy systems
  • Building envelope
  • Community scale methods
  • Real building energy use

1.3. The Executive Committee

Overall control of the IEA-EBC Programme is maintained by an Executive Committee, which not only monitors existing projects, but also identifies new strategic areas in which collaborative efforts may be beneficial. As the Programme is based on a contract with the IEA, the projects are legally established as Annexes to the IEA-EBC Implementing Agreement. At the present time, the following projects have been initiated by the IEA-EBC Executive Committee, with completed projects identified by (*):

Annex 1 Load Energy Determination of Buildings (*)
Annex 2 Ekistics and Advanced Community Energy Systems (*)
Annex 3 Energy Conservation in Residential Buildings (*)
Annex 4 Glasgow Commercial Building Monitoring (*)
Annex 5 Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre
Annex 6 Energy Systems and Design of Communities (*)
Annex 7 Local Government Energy Planning (*)
Annex 8 Inhabitants Behaviour with Regard to Ventilation (*)
Annex 9 Minimum Ventilation Rates (*)
Annex 10 Building HVAC System Simulation (*)
Annex 11 Energy Auditing (*)
Annex 12 Windows and Fenestration (*)
Annex 13 Energy Management in Hospitals (*)
Annex 14 Condensation and Energy (*)
Annex 15 Energy Efficiency in Schools (*)
Annex 16 BEMS 1- User Interfaces and System Integration (*)
Annex 17 BEMS 2- Evaluation and Emulation Techniques (*)
Annex 18 Demand Controlled Ventilation Systems (*)
Annex 19 Low Slope Roof Systems (*)
Annex 20 Air Flow Patterns within Buildings (*)
Annex 21 Thermal Modelling (*)
Annex 22 Energy Efficient Communities (*)
Annex 23 Multi Zone Air Flow Modelling (COMIS) (*)
Annex 24 Heat, Air and Moisture Transfer in Envelopes (*)
Annex 25 Real time HVAC Simulation (*)
Annex 26 Energy Efficient Ventilation of Large Enclosures (*)
Annex 27 Evaluation and Demonstration of Domestic Ventilation Systems (*)
Annex 28 Low Energy Cooling Systems (*)
Annex 29 Daylight in Buildings (*)
Annex 30 Bringing Simulation to Application (*)
Annex 31 Energy-Related Environmental Impact of Buildings (*)
Annex 32 Integral Building Envelope Performance Assessment (*)
Annex 33 Advanced Local Energy Planning (*)
Annex 34 Computer-Aided Evaluation of HVAC System Performance (*)
Annex 35 Design of Energy Efficient Hybrid Ventilation (HYBVENT) (*)
Annex 36 Retrofitting of Educational Buildings (*)
Annex 37 Low Exergy Systems for Heating and Cooling of Buildings (LowEx) (*)
Annex 38 Solar Sustainable Housing (*)
Annex 39 High Performance Insulation Systems (*)
Annex 40 Building Commissioning to Improve Energy Performance (*)
Annex 41 Whole Building Heat, Air and Moisture Response (MOIST-ENG) (*)
Annex 42 The Simulation of Building-Integrated Fuel Cell and Other Cogeneration Systems (FC+COGEN-SIM) (*)
Annex 43 Testing and Validation of Building Energy Simulation Tools (*)
Annex 44 Integrating Environmentally Responsive Elements in Buildings (*)
Annex 45 Energy Efficient Electric Lighting for Buildings (*)
Annex 46 Holistic Assessment Tool-kit on Energy Efficient Retrofit Measures for Government Buildings (EnERGo) (*)
Annex 47 Cost-Effective Commissioning for Existing and Low Energy Buildings (*)
Annex 48 Heat Pumping and Reversible Air Conditioning (*)
Annex 49 Low Exergy Systems for High Performance Buildings and Communities (*)
Annex 50 Prefabricated Systems for Low Energy Renovation of Residential Buildings (*)
Annex 51 Energy Efficient Communities (*)
Annex 52 Towards Net Zero Energy Solar Buildings (*)
Annex 53 Total Energy Use in Buildings: Analysis & Evaluation Methods (*)
Annex 54 Integration of Micro-Generation & Related Energy Technologies in Buildings (*)
Annex 55 Reliability of Energy Efficient Building Retrofitting - Probability Assessment of Performance & Cost (RAP-RETRO) (*)
Annex 56 Cost Effective Energy & CO2 Emissions Optimization in Building Renovation
Annex 57 Evaluation of Embodied Energy & CO2 Equivalent Emissions for Building Construction
Annex 58 Reliable Building Energy Performance Characterisation Based on Full Scale Dynamic Measurements (*)
Annex 59 High Temperature Cooling & Low Temperature Heating in Buildings
Annex 60 New Generation Computational Tools for Building & Community Energy Systems
Annex 61 Business and Technical Concepts for Deep Energy Retrofit of Public Buildings
Annex 62 Ventilative Cooling
Annex 63 Implementation of Energy Strategies in Communities
Annex 64 LowEx Communities - Optimised Performance of Energy Supply Systems with Exergy Principles
Annex 65 Long-Term Performance of Super-Insulating Materials in Building Components and Systems
Annex 66 Definition and Simulation of Occupant Behavior in Buildings
Annex 67 Energy Flexible Buildings
Annex 68 Indoor Air Quality Design and Control in Low Energy Residential Buildings
Annex 69 Strategy and Practice of Adaptive Thermal Comfort in Low Energy Buildings
Annex 70 Energy Epidemiology: Analysis of Real Building Energy Use at Scale
Annex 71 Building Energy Performance Assessment Based on In-situ Measurements
Working Group Energy Efficiency in Educational Buildings (*)
Working Group Indicators of Energy Efficiency in Cold Climate Buildings (*)
Working Group Annex 36 Extension: The Energy Concept Adviser (*)
Working Group Survey on HVAC Energy Calculation Methodologies for Non-residential Buildings