Meeting On CARICOM Energy Efficiency Building Code Takes Place in SVG

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The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, in collaboration with the CARICOM Regional Organization for Standards and Quality (CROSQ), is convening the Second Meeting of the Regional Project Team for the Development of the CARICOM Energy Efficiency Building Code in Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines on 24 -25 July 2017.

The CARICOM Secretariat and CROSQ are seeking to develop an Energy Efficiency Building Code (EEBC) for CARICOM.

The regional EEBC is expected to address all aspects of energy use in buildings which comprise of, but are not limited to: thermal performance requirements for walls, roofs and windows; day lighting, lamps and luminaire performance; energy performance of chillers and air distribution systems; the electrical wiring system; solar water heating; appliances; renewable energy; zoning of buildings, climate classification and building energy management systems.

On this basis, a Regional Project Team (RPT) was established to review and determine the most optimal approach for adapting or developing, as the case may be, an appropriate code for consideration as the EEBC for CARICOM.

Following the First Meeting of the RPT held in Jamaica in March 2017, the Consultant commenced the development of a Draft Caribbean Application Document (CAD), using the International Energy Conservation Code 2018 (IECC 2018) as the reference code, which the RPT is in the process of reviewing.

The main objective of this Second Meeting of the RPT is to reach consensus on the proposed changes to the Draft CAD. When finalised, the Code with the concomitant CAD will be presented to the Member States for validation and adoption.

The Meeting will be held in the Conference Room of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is being supported by the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Technical Assistance (REETA) Programme.

REETA is being jointly implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft fürInternationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the CARICOM Secretariat with financing from the Government of Germany, and the Energy for Sustainable Development in Caribbean Buildings (ESD) Project.

The ESD is being implemented by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) with financing from the Global Environment Facility (GEF).