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The buildings sector accounts for about one-third of global energy use and energy-related GHG emissions. Widespread implementation of progressive policies that encourage the use of best available technologies, low-energy building design and energy efficiency renovation can deliver 25-50% reductions in energy demand from new and existing buildings. Achieving such savings would not only significantly reduce GHG emissions, but also reduce costs, create jobs, provide cost-effective energy capacity and improve the comfort, health and environment in communities. Through public-private collaboration, governments can establish effective policies and businesses can deliver current technologies to accelerate investment in energy efficiency and the achievement of benefits.