ICTD International Centre for Training and Development

Maximizing Energy Efficiency in Buildings

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About the course

In many developing countries there is normally very little margin between existing power supply and electricity demand. With increasing electricity demand, new generation needs to be brought in. Although renewable sources of electricity such as hydro, geothermal or wind provide electricity at a much lower cost, their capital outlay is large, they are complex and take much longer to implement. Diesel based generation is usually brought in the short term to meet this demand, which results in increased cost of electricity. This course is designed to provide an overview of energy efficiency in buildings, it aims to help policymakers and regulators understand the potential benefits, the opportunities for improving the efficiency of buildings and give them a background on the key issues to be addressed when developing suitable policies and a framework for implementation. In addition, it briefly discusses the methodology used for determining the efficiency of buildings and the mechanisms that can be used to finance energy efficiency measures.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the delegates will be able to:

Acquire knowledge and understanding the methodology used to determine the energy efficiency of buildings * Introduce the concept and benefits of maximizing energy efficiency in buildings * Describe the different mechanisms for financing energy efficiency measures in buildings * Recognize the summary of legislative and policy tools in endorsing energy efficiency in buildings * Identify the importance and benefits of energy efficiency in buildings

Course Outline

Day 1


  • What is Energy Efficiency of a Building?
  • Why is Energy Efficiency in Buildings Important?

Day 2

Energy Efficiency in Buildings Methodology

  • Typical Energy Flow in Buildings
  • Determining a Building’s Energy Performance
  • Benchmarks
  • Certifying Energy Efficiency

Day 3

Energy Efficiency Measures for Buildings/Financing Energy Efficiency in Buildings

  • Energy Efficiency Financing Mechanisms

Day 4

Developing and Implementing Policy on Energy Efficiency in Buildings

  • The Formulation of an Energy Efficiency Policy
  • Implementing Policy on Energy Efficiency in Buildings

Day 5

Policy Tools to Promote Building Efficiency

  • Codes and Standards
  • Incentives
  • Certification and Labelling

## Course Methodology

A variety of methodologies will be used during the course that includes:

  • (30%) Based on Case Studies
  • (30%) Techniques
  • (30%) Role Play
  • (10%) Concepts
  • Pre-test and Post-test
  • Variety of Learning Methods
  • Lectures
  • Case Studies and Self Questionaires
  • Group Work
  • Discussion
  • Presentation

Who should attend

This course is intended for building operators, maintenance personnel and technicians working in both residential and commercial buildings.

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