Building Efficiency Accelerator: Tracking Progress Resource Collection

The Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA), part of the Global Efficiency Accelerator Platform under the United Nations’ Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) Initiative, is a multi-stakeholder network made up of over 30 businesses and organizations that work with local and sub-national governments in order to increase the uptake of energy efficiency policies and programs in the building sector. 

The BEA connects the expertise of its wide partner network to its subnational stakeholders. With this purpose, the BEA has compiled resources to assist subnational jurisdictions in prioritizing and implementing building efficiency actions. This page contains the growing collection of resources and BEA webinars related to Tracking Progress. All previous BEA webinars can be accessed here

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Benchmarking and Energy Saving Tool for Low Carbon Cities (BEST)

Tool / Instrument

The tool is designed to provide city authorities with strategies they can follow to reduce city-wide CO2 and CH4 emissions.

Building Energy Optimization (BEopt™)

Tool / Instrument

BEopt is a software tool that can evaluate residential building designs and identify cost-optimal efficiency packages at various levels of whole-house energy savings along the path to zero net energy.

Building Energy Performance Metrics: Supporting Energy Efficiency Progress in Major Economies

Publication / Report

A report indicating the metrics data needed to measure the progress and identify opportunities for improvement in building energy performance.


Tool / Instrument

ClearPath is a cloud based-tool for energy and emission management. It can forecast multiple scenarios for future emissions, analyse the costs and benefits of emissions reduction measures, visualize alternative planning scenarios etc.

Co-Benefits Risk Assessment (COBRA)

Tool / Instrument

This tool can calculate the value of clean energy policies such as energy efficiency or fuel switching, which can help state and local governments to consider both the costs and benefits of policy choices and support a balanced decision-making process.

Commercial Building Analysis Tool for Energy-Efficient Retrofits (COMBAT)

Tool / Instrument

The Commercial Building Analysis Tool for Energy-Efficiency Retrofit (COMBAT) is created to facilitate policy makers, facility managers, and building retrofit practitioners to estimate commercial (public) buildings retrofit energy saving, cost and payback period.

Common Carbon Metric (CCM)

Tool / Instrument

This tool provides a way to establish a baseline, measure, report, and verify energy savings and emissions reductions from buildings around the world in a consistent and comparable way.

Energy Efficiency Indicators: Fundamentals on Statistics

Publication / Report

Energy efficiency is high on the political agenda. Governments seek to reduce wasteful energy consumption, strengthen energy security and cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Energy Forecasting Framework and Emissions Consensus Tool (EFFECT)

Tool / Instrument

This modelling tool is devoted to estimating and forecasting of energy balances, as well as greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions under a range of development scenarios or policy choices. It focuses on sectors that contribute to and are expected to experience a rapid growth in emissions.

ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager

Tool / Instrument

The tool assists the user to measure and track energy use, water use and greenhouse gas emissions through a secure online environment.

Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies (EDGE)

Tool / Instrument

EDGE calculates the utility savings and reduced carbon footprint of a green building against a base case. For non-residential buildings, user can see how much extra it costs to build green - and how short a time it takes to earn back the money through operational savings.

Global Protocol for Community-Scale GHG Emissions (GPC)

Tool / Instrument

A framework for accounting and reporting city-wide greenhouse gas emissions. It offers guidance to cities on developing a comprehensive greenhouse gas inventory, including establishing the base year for the inventory, setting emissions reduction targets and tracking cities’ performance.

Green Resources & Energy Analysis Tool (GREAT)

Tool / Instrument

An integrated bottom-up, energy end-use based modelling and accounting tool for tracking energy consumption, production and resource extraction in all economic sectors on a city, provincial or regional level.

Local Energy Efficiency Policy Calculator (LEEP-C)

Tool / Instrument

The tool provides the opportunity to analyse the impacts of 23 different policy types from 4 energy-using sectors: public buildings, commercial buildings, residential buildings, and transportation.

Target Finder

Tool / Instrument

Target Finder is an online calculator that helps architects, engineers, and property owners and managers assess the energy performance of commercial building designs and existing buildings.

The 2015 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard

Publication / Report

The second biennial ACEEE City Energy Efficiency Scorecard measures the progress of city policies and programs that save energy while benefiting the environment and promoting economic growth.

Tool for Rapid Assessment of City Energy (TRACE)

Tool / Instrument

This tool is a decision-support tool designed to help cities quickly identify under-performing sectors, evaluate improvement and cost-saving potential, and prioritize sectors and actions for energy efficiency (EE) intervention.

The Co-benefits Evaluation Tool for the Urban Energy System

Tool / Instrument

The tool evaluates climate co-benefits for the urban energy system based on different scenarios of socioeconomic, technological and demographic developments.

Tracking Implementation of Building Energy Codes and Certification (Webinar) - 29.07.2016

Web Resource

This is the first in a series of webinars that addresses building energy codes and certification. The target audience includes local and national stakeholders in the building sector and government.