Getting to Zero Emissions with Building Energy Codes

The biggest opportunity to respond to the climate emergency

Welcome to this course, Getting to Zero Emissions with Building Energy Codes. It provides an introduction to the role of building codes in zero emissions building and shows that building energy codes provide the biggest opportunity to respond to the climate emergency.

This course is also available in Bahasa Indonesia.

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Is this course for me?

This course is for policymakers who work on building regulations, schemes and programs, or in areas advancing the sustainable development goals. 

No prior knowledge of building codes is required. For those that do know about building codes, this is a great refresher. 

The goal of the course is for people to understand the full potential of building energy codes in combating climate change and advancing the sustainable development goals.  It explores how building energy codes can create a greater and long-lasting impact when combined in a policy package and aligned to other policies related to the benefits of sustainable buildings, for example health, education, employment or the economy. As such, it is relevant for policymakers who work in an area related to the benefits, for example the Ministry of Health or Ministry of Finance. 

Getting to Zero Emissions with Building Energy Codes is a self-guided and self-paced online course that is experiential, thought-provoking and rich in interactivity.

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How will I benefit from this course?

When you have completed this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the problem the Paris Agreement is addressing.

  • Explain why the building sector is important in addressing climate change.

  • Describe the role that building policy packages play in achieving zero emissions.

  • Define a building energy code.

  • Describe different types of building codes.

  • Describe some of the limitations of codes.

  • Describe the status of codes in the world.

  • Define net zero emissions and zero emissions buildings.

  • Explain why it is important to consider the life cycle of a building when calculating carbon contribution. 

  • List the three core requirements that must be met to qualify for net zero carbon. 

  • List the four foundations of zero carbon building policies.

  • Describe some of the main benefits of buildings 'built to code'. 

  • Describe how building energy codes link to the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Describe best practices for developing building energy codes. 

  • Describe the steps and actions in the policy pathway.

  • Explain why the effectiveness of a code is in how it is packaged with other policies. 

  • Use strategies to overcome barriers to building efficiency.

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How long will it take?
 This course should take you around 60 Minutes to complete.

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How much does it cost?
 This course is free!

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Will I get a certificate and a digital badge at the end?
Yes - you will be able to download a certificate once you have have completed all of the modules within the course and the feedback form.

You will also be able to gain a digital badge. A digital badge is like a certificate but it can be stored, displayed and shared online. 

The word START and a question mark in a circleHow do I start?
 Scroll to the top of the page and click on the       Join course       button. This will take you through to the course content. You don't need to complete the course in one go - you can always continue later from where you left off.

Data protection and consent

This course was created and is administered by GBPN (Global Buildings Performance Network). By joining this course you are consenting to GBPN being given access to your Kaya profile information, including your name and email address, so that they can provide the course. This may require them to contact you. Your data will be anonymised before it is used for any analysis or reporting purposes. If you have any questions about this, please email