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NEW UPDATES Asean Affairs   22  January 2014  

Energy efficient buildings can save up to $20 million

Brunei: BUILDINGS in the Sultanate will potentially be constructed according to an Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EEC) Building Code at the second half (Q3/Q4) of 2014, said Energy Department officials.

Head of Energy Efficiency and Conservation Unit, Abd Salam Hj Abd Wahab illustrated in a presentation that the implementation of the code can potentially save up to $20 million from additional gas exportation annually by 2035.

According to Abd Salam, the code was an initiative made by the Energy Department to introduce a legitimate standard for the construction of buildings in the future.

“The objective is to establish energy efficiency and conservation standards and a regulatory mechanism for buildings in Brunei Darussalam,” Abd Salam said.

To bridge forward to the building code, a Joint Working Committee has been established between EDPMO and Ministry of Development to facilitate the formulation of EEC Building Code in Q2, 2014.

The road to the formulating the regulation will begin with a Joint Working Committee meeting, compilation of relevant data, drafting of the code and once completed will be submitted to the Attorney General Chamber (AGC).

IThe assembly of data includes investigations and surveys on building standards in other countries and existing buildings in Brunei through simulations.

On the other hand, the progress of the regulation will be subject to a review from international experts.

“The draft will be reviewed by peer reviewers from international experts including the Energy Conservation Centre of Japan (ECCJ) before it is submitted to the Attorney General Chambers (AGC),” said by Abd Salam.

“The Joint Working Committee (JWC) may need to engage ECCJ experts for any technical advice and recommendations as well as assistance towards the development of EEC Building Code,” he said.

The EEC Building Code composed of a collaborated work made by the Energy Department Prime Minister’s Office with the Ministry of Development via the Authority for Building Control and Construction Industry (ABCi) and the Department of Mechanical and Electrical (DME).

Meanwhile Abd Salam’s presentation also showed that the Energy Department successfully achieved its energy intensity reduction goal in 2012 which was 3.5 per cent by the end of that year

The percentage was a commitment to achieve the Sultanate’s national target in line with Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ target to reach 45 per cent by 2035 (from 2005 level).

Brunei, in 2011, recorded an energy intensity of 367 toe per US$Mil Gross Domestic Product which ranks highest in ASEAN exceeding even energy intensities of Japan and Germany.

The facts and figures were unveiled by Abd Salam in his presentation entitled “Towards the Development of EEC Building Code in Brunei Darussalam (Rationale, Initiative and Progress),” yesterday at the first day of the ASEAN-Japan Energy Efficiency Partnership (AJEEP) Programme Scheme 2 workshop held at the Chancellor Hall, Universiti Brunei Darussalam.

The event saw the attendance of the Permanent Secretary (Upstream) of Energy, Hjh Rosmawatty Hj Abd Mumin, General Manager of Energy Conservation Centre Japan, Yoshitaka Ushio and Rio Jon Pitter Silitonga of the ASEAN Centre for Energy.

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