TASK 40: Net Zero Energy Solar Buildings

The objective of the Task is to study current net-zero, near net-zero and very low energy buildings and to develop a common understanding, a harmonized international definitions framework, tools, innovative solutions and industry guidelines.

IEA Solar Heating & Cooling Programme

The Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (SHC) was established in 1977, one of the first programmes of the International Energy Agency, to promote the use of all aspects of solar thermal energy. The Programme's work is unique in that it is accomplished through the international collaborative effort of experts from member countries and the European Union.

The benefits of this approach are:

  • accelerates the pace of technology development
  • promotes standardization
  • enhances national R&D programmes
  • permits national specialization
  • saves time and money

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Newest Members

The SHC Programme welcomes our newest member — European Copper Institute.
Publication Highlight

The latest issue of the IEA SHC Programme’s newsletter, Solar Update is now online. This issue has articles covering a variety of topics ranging from solar thermal activities in Canada to lighting retrofits to SHC publications to download and read.

Task Highlight
TASK 50:

The overall objective of this activity is to accelerate retrofitting of daylighting and electric lighting solutions in the non-domestic sector using cost-effective, best practice – approaches, which can be used on a wide range of typical existing buildings.