Technology Collaboration Programme

Advancing the research, development and commercialisation of energy technologies

The IEA Technology Collaboration Programme supports the work of 38 independent, international groups of experts that enable governments and industries from around the world to lead programmes and projects on a wide range of energy technologies and related issues.

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Energy in Buildings and Communities (EBC)

The EBC TCP, created in 1977, carries out research and development efforts towards near-zero energy and carbon emissions in the built environment. Activities under the EBC TCP focus on the integration of energy-efficient and sustainable technologies into healthy buildings and communities.

Main areas of work

  • Integrated planning and building design
  • Building energy systems
  • Building envelope
  • Community-scale methods
  • Real building energy use

Multilateral collaborations

  • Deep renovation of historic buildings towards lowest possible energy demand and CO2 emissions (with the TCP on Solar Heating and Cooling)
  • Integrated solutions for daylight and electric lighting (with the TCP on Solar Heating and Cooling)
  • Optimised performance of community energy supply systems with exergy principles (with TCPs on District Heating and Cooling and Solar Heating and Cooling)
  • Joint Technical Day and meetings of the EBC TCP and SHC TCP Executive Committees in 2017 and 2018


Why should your organisation become a member of EBC?

The EBC TCP is an international energy research and innovation programme in the buildings and communities field. It enables collaborative R&D projects leading to high quality scientific reports and summary information for policy makers. EBC TCP guidance, methologies and tools have, over time, led to step-changes in support for practitioners, researchers and policy makers.


Chair: Takao Sawachi, Japan (

Primary contact: Malcolm Orme (

IEA: IEA Buildings (