Policy Reforms and Market Transformation of the Energy Efficient Buildings

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From August 18, 2016 to August 18, 2021

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 7.3 Double global rate energy efficiency improvement
  2. 9.4 Upgrade infrastructure, retrofit industries for sustainability

Project ID: 4018

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Technical team

  • Energy Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Energy efficiency


  • Buildings



Transformed sector(s)

  • Other sectors

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Convening / Partnerships / Knowledge Sharing
  • Innovative approaches


  • Law regulation
  • Capacity building
  • Finance economy


  • Laws/ Policy/ Plan formulation
  • Standards/ Labeling/ Guideline
  • Laws enforcement/ Regulation
  • Awareness raising
  • Institutional capacity building
  • Community capacity building
  • Energy finance

Social inclusion

  • Local community/CSOs
  • Private sector

Gender equality


Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender targeted


  • Systems pathway
  • Sci-tech pathway
  • People pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Hazard control/mitigation

SDG target(s)

  • 7.3 Double global rate energy efficiency improvement
  • 9.4 Upgrade infrastructure, retrofit industries for sustainability

Conventions and protocols


Private sector(s)

  • Manufacturers, building professionals

Hot topic

  • Multi-stakeholder collaboration

About this project


The objective of this project is to transform the energy efficiency of heating systems in buildings in Iran, resulting in an invigorated sector in which skilled and well trained engineers fit and retrofit efficient and low carbon heating systems in residences and other buildings, as required by demanding, well enforced building codes - thereby reducing heating bills for residents and national GHG emissions It is envisaged that this will be achieved by (i) reviewing the legislative, policy and regulatory frameworks that impact building efficiency in Iran; revisiting the building code and products standards and labels and developing a supportive cross-sectoral energy efficiency strategy; (ii) piloting installations of energy efficient and renewable energy measures in existing buildings; and (iii) transforming the market by: training manufacturers and building professionals to produce and install energy efficient heating systems; developing a stakeholder awareness-raising campaign and developing proposals for financing mechanisms for households.


The capacity to effectively manage a representative protected area system is strengthened.

USD $4,100,000

Grant amount

USD $28,606,760

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($4,100,000)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Government of Iran

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Policy Reforms and Market Transformation of the Energy Efficient Buildings