Cross-Sectorial Barriers and Challenges

Building sector’s Barriers and Challenges

Behavioural Barriers

・ General lack of awareness by the end-users on their impact on the energy crisis, and the excess use of energy that they consume.

・ No incentives for investors to invest in energy efficiency application.

・ General lack of awareness of the end-users and construction practitioners.

・ No familiarity with energy efficiency products.

・ No incentives for end-users to accommodate energy efficiency applications.

・ Lack of interest in energy efficiency applications.

Structural Barriers

・ Lack of effective actions by the government to address energy efficiency in all sectors [3] .

・ The absence of an effective policy.

・ Lack of transparency and information on the required methods and tools that can achieve energy Efficiency.

・ There is no institutional framework to promote energy efficiency and there are no dedicated prohibitive laws or regulations that call for the implementation of energy efficiency [2] .

・ Conflicting authorities and the absence of a regulating body that can help in implementing and following up on the applied energy efficiency methods.

・ The lack of clarity for energy efficiency schemes and the high risk associated.

・ The residential energy efficiency code is not properly implemented [9] .

・ Energy saving is a hard sell as it is non-tangible, especially when it involves different buildings, applications and large number of users.

・ Efficiency tools are fragmented across the residential sector and it is hard to account its data or keep track of it.

Resources Barriers

・ The lack of technical capacities [3] .

・ The technology used in Energy efficiency is not well recognized and is usually expensive.

・ A lack of a specific fund dedicated for energy efficiency promotion and implementation strategies.

・ The absence of an adequate policy for promoting energy efficiency.

・ Absence of utilities as executing agencies [3] .

・ Lack of Governmental incentives and motivational schemes that encourage the private sector to invest in energy efficiency schemes.

・ The assumption of high initial cost impaired with energy efficiency tools and applications, without realising the promising saving it represent on the long run.

・ No familiarity with the different technologies available nor the savings that they offer.

・ Substantial initial cost is required to invest in energy efficiency applications.

・ People shy away from accommodating energy efficiency applications due to the assumed higher initial cost without properly also considering the saving it will apply on the long run.