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Front-Runners in Energy Renovation Policies: What Can We Learn From Them?

29 April 2014

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The Clean Energy Solutions Center, in partnership with the Global Buildings Performance Network (GBPN), hosted this webinar on the overall performance of current best-practice renovation policies for residential buildings. It was the first webinar in a new GBPN series called “How to Save Energy Using Renovation Policy Measures,” which is based on the findings from the recently launched Policy Tool for Renovation. The series will feature four “how-to” webinars that will explore how specific best-practice elements of a policy package play a role in driving energy renovations such as energy saving targets and regulatory measures, labelling and certification schemes, and financial and economic instruments.

The 29 April webinar featured front-runners from Europe and the United States that emerged from the GBPN analysis. Panelists provided insights into how to introduce and develop a best-practice policy package that contributes to realizing a reduction in energy consumption of the residential building stock, what factors are significant in driving change, and what the market conditions and technical developments are behind best-practice renovation policy packages.


Jens LaustsenJens Laustsen, Senior Policy Expert and Advisor, Global Buildings Performance Network

Jens Laustsen is Senior Policy Expert and Advisor for the GBPN executive team. In the past, Jens led policy work for buildings at the International Energy Agency (IEA) developing recommendations for IEA countries, G8 and large emerging economies. Before joining the IEA, he developed building policies for the Danish government for more than a decade and worked as an architect for governments, international organizations and private companies. Jens is also an international consultant within policies and initiatives for deep energy retrofit, low energy construction and green global growth.

Sophie ShnappSophie Shnapp, Policy Analyst, Global Buildings Performance Network

Sophie Shnapp graduated from the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow) with a Master’s Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering. During her studies, she made a strong contribution to several teams and committees in the fields of climate change and sustainability, educating peers and school children on food, transport, water and waste. Her passions for energy efficiency, reducing GHG emissions, the construction of buildings and creating change have brought her to GBPN. There, she joined the Global Research team as Policy Analyst where she works closely with Jens Laustsen.

Lindsay RobbinsLindsay Robbins, Cleaner Greener Communities Program, NYSERDA

Lindsay Robbins works in NYSERDA’s New York City office where she manages Phase I of NYSERDA’s Cleaner Greener Communities Program, which provides funding for regional sustainability planning; and she works on the development and implementation of green building and energy efficiency programs for multifamily residential buildings. Before coming to NYSERDA, Ms. Robbins worked at New York University’s Office of Strategic Assessment, Planning and Design where she worked on the development of NYU’s Design Standards and Guidelines and NYU’s 25-year real estate expansion plan.

Conny Pettersson, President, Swedisol

Conny Pettersson is the President of Swedisol, the Swedish trade organization for the leading insulation companies. Conny has worked in the construction industry all his working life, most recently as sales manager at Isover. He has a strong background in sales and marketing. Connie also has a large network of contacts and knowledge in the construction and energy issues. Given buildings have such a large impact on how our energy is used, he sees his role as a challenge both at the business and social levels, as it is important for the entire construction industry to influence and highlight the energy and climate issues.