CDB supports establishment of Regional Energy Efficiency Building Code

A Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) supported workshop has occasioned agreement among Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries to develop strategies that promote buy-in and early adoption of the establishment of a Regional Energy Efficiency Building Code (REEBC) and Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS). 

The workshop on Energy Efficiency Standards and Regulations in Buildings took place in Grenada from July 13-15, and CDB’s assistance was provided through the Canada Energy Sector Support for the Caribbean Fund.

There was a firm agreement to consider starting with a single climatic zone and utilise the energy models to better understand the need in order to identify additional climatic zones that will accurately represent the Region. The meeting also agreed that the International Energy Conservation Code should be used as the baseline code and necessary amendments be introduced.

The outcomes of the workshop were seen as realistic and aligned with the mandate that was established at the Forty-First Special Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development [Energy] held in Trinidad and Tobago in March 2013, and the work of the Regional Collaboration on Efficient Energy-use in Buildings (RCEEB).

Several other organisations were partners in convening the workshop. They include the CARICOM Secretariat and the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ), the Grenada Bureau of Standards (GDBS) supported by the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), through the regional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Technical Assistance (REETA+) Programme and the Grenada-based Reform of the Electricity Sector to Support Climate Policy (G-RESCP) Programme. 

There were 55 participants included representatives from 14 CARICOM Member States with representatives from the Bureau of Standards and the Energy division; the CARICOM Secretariat; CROSQ; as well as from a number of regional and international institutions.