Cities and the Building Efficiency Accelerator

The Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) is a public-private collaboration that speeds the development and implementation of building efficiency policies and practices in cities around the world. It is led by the World Resources Institute, in support of the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative.

WorldGBC is a delivery partner for the BEA, and a number of its Green Building Councils are providing valuable technical advice and bringing together the building and construction sector to support collective development of a city’s policy or strategy.

In 2016, Green Building Councils in Colombia, United Arab Emirates, Poland and South Africa joined the BEA and have been directly supporting the cities of Bogota, Dubai, Warsaw and Tshwane, with the aim of doubling their rate of energy efficiency.

In early 2017, two further Green Building Councils joined forces with cities to ramp up energy efficiency in buildings through the programme. The Kenya Green Building Society has played an active role in bringing Kisii County and Nairobi into the BEA, and the India Green Building Council is supporting the city of Coimbatore to reduce energy use in buildings.

Cities which commit to the BEA agree to implement at least one new building energy efficiency policy or programme, and the BEA partnership offers city staff expertise in six main thematic areas: building codes; building certifications/above-code programmes; existing building retrofits; energy efficiency finance solutions; and building data tracking.

With two-thirds of the world’s population expected to live in cities by 2050, and 80 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions currently coming from cities, we must work hard to support major decision makers in cities.

How can my Green Building Council or city join the BEA?

Green Building Councils are welcome to join the BEA by supporting one or more of the 28 participating cities. 

If you represent a city government and would like to join the BEA, please contact Jonathan Laski, Director of Global Projects and Partnerships, via