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
What's New
  • Task 47 Seminar in Beijing - Presentations Now Online - The purpose of the seminar was to present the main outcomes of SHC task 47. Lectures from the four Task 47 subtasks were given and the presentations can be downloaded from the this page.
  • Solar Update October 2014 Now Online - The latest issue of the IEA SHC Programme’s newsletter, Solar Update is now online. This issue has articles covering a variety to topics ranging from the SHC 2014 Conference, Solar Award, Solar Cooling, Solar + Heat Pumps, Urban Planning, Global Certification and more.
  • First results of questionnaire about methods & tools used for lighting retrofit - The online questionnaire, which was developed to analyze workflows and needs in practical retrofitting processes was closed end of June 2014 and its evaluation started.
  • International Award to Pioneering French Solar Municipality - 13 October 2014, Beijing. The International Energy Agency Solar Heating Programme (IEA SHC) presented its 2014 SHC SOLAR AWARD to the City of Montmélian, now officially called Montmélian la Solaire, which has been a solar thermal pioneer for more than 30 years. The Mayor, Mrs. Béatrice Santais, received the award on behalf of city at the International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry in Beijing, China.
  • New Solar Cooling Book Published - New books on solar cooling demonstrate how solar cooling technology is being applied and highlights results from the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme’s work in this field (SHC Task 48: Quality Assurance & Support Measures for Solar Cooling Systems. The book “Solar Cooling: The Earthscan Expert Guide to Solar Cooling Systems“ was published on June 25.
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SHC Solar Award
SHC Solar Award 2014

The International Energy Agency Solar Heating Programme (IEA SHC) presented its 2014 SHC SOLAR AWARD to the City of Montmélian, now officially called Montmélian la Solaire, which has been a  solar thermal pioneer for more than 30 years.  Read More >>

Publication Highlight
Solar Heat Worldwide 2014

The latest edition of Solar Heat Worldwide is now available.  The report includes a preview of 2013, and an overview of total solar capacity in operation and newly installed capacity worldwide in 2012.  Read More >>

Task Highlight
TASK 51:

Task 51 is designed to provide support to urban planners, authorities and architects to achieve urban areas and eventually whole cities with architecturally integrated solar energy solutions.