The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) project entitled The Role of Standards and Conformity Assessment Measures in Enhancing the Performance and Energy Efficiency of the Commercial Building Sector (MCTI 02 12A; referred to as the “Green Building Project”) was spearheaded by the United States Department of Commerce/International Trade Administration, in close partnership with Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Singapore, and Chinese Taipei. Over a three year period, the United States worked with key partners to increase international collaboration around standards and codes for sustainable construction in the Asia Pacific region. The Project builds on work to-date carried out by APEC member economies to advance green building and building energy efficiency and was implemented through the APEC Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance (SCSC). All of the activities under the multi-year project received support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) project, the US–Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Technical Assistance to Advance Regional Integration (US-ATAARI).
The Project was approved for APEC funding in 2012 and operated through 2015.
Project activities specifically promoted an understanding of how green building codes and building information modeling (BIM) can advance the goals of sustainable construction. Through the Project, four publications and a series of four workshops were developed and delivered. Two workshops and two publications focused on building codes and green building, and two workshops and two publications covered BIM. The publications were disseminated among APEC green building stakeholders and have collectively received over 20,000 downloads1 from the APEC website. The workshops convened over 350 stakeholders from APEC member economies as well as interested parties from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and international standards development organizations.