bigEE makes energy efficiency in buildings and appliances transparent.

For investors, policy-makers and actors involved in implementation and consultancy.
The platform informs readers about energy efficiency options and savings potentials, net benefits and how policy can support achieving the savings. Targeted information is paired with examples of good practice.

Use the potential for cost effective energy-efficient buildings

Numerous studies have confirmed that an enormous energy saving potential of up to 90 per cent can be realised by improving building energy efficiency in a cost-effective manner and at the same time reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

This guide was designed to help you find these appropriate techniques and technologies to build, renovate and operate buildings cost effectively to reach ultra-low-energy consumption levels.


Approach energy-efficient buildings strategically

A step-by-step path of implementing holistic design processes, by incorporating energy-efficient technologies and intelligent building management systems, is the key to effectively attaining energy efficiency in the building sector at no or minimal incremental cost.

Despite growing building stock, energy efficiency could almost halve global energy demand for buildings by 2050, with the right policy support.

This Strategic Approach ultimately leads to comfortable and competent buildings and thus paves the way for a sustainable development. In many cases, these highly energy-efficient buildings cost even less than the buildings built according to standard practice.

What you can find in the Guide

The Buildings Guide supports decision makers in implementing
energy efficiency techniques and technologies in buildings.

For this purpose the Buildings Guide

  • Defines a ‘Strategic Approach’ for achieving energy efficiency in buildings
  • Developed a ‘Recommendations’ tool to help users design or improve their buildings


  • Describes the design and technical ‘Options’ available in detail
  • Displays good practice ‘Building Examples’

Strategic Approach

Read about a recommended Strategic Approach for the four major world climates with Easy and Advanced Approaches of achieving various levels of energy savings for heating, cooling, ventilation and hot water leading to highly efficient buildings.


Filter quickly to select your building type and climate to obtain expert advice on achieving energy-efficient buildings as well as recommendations describing various measures available and their potential for energy savings.


Find detailed information on passive design and active technologies along with building energy management and user behaviour support, consisting of a key message, energy efficiency potential, cost and savings data and good practice examples.


Explore successfully implemented examples of holistically planned good practice buildings worldwide, with information on their implementation, techniques and technologies used as well as special features and information on cost and savings.

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Buildings Guide Library

Read more detailed information on good practice buildings, recommendations, options and several insightful texts related to energy efficiency in buildings.

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A Strategic Approach enables Energy-Efficient Buildings

Find out why a Strategic Approach to integrated building design is the key to achieving high-energy savings at low or no extra capital cost in buildings. This paper describes why a Strategic Approach is needed, the potentials for energy savings that exist in buildings, their regional differences and how integrated design can bring higher energy savings at lower costs all showing that energy-efficient buildings are really cost effective.

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