[dropcap size=big]O[/dropcap]n Tuesday, August 29th 2017, at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, Nigeria’s First Building Energy Efficiency Code was officially launched by the Federal Minister for Power, works and housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN). The event which was hosted by German development agency (GIZ), Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP) and the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, was well attended with representatives from the private sector, concerned insistutes, societies, regulatory bodies and ministries.
In his speech, the minister likened the ideology of “Waste not, Want not” to the importance and relevance of energy efficiency in buildings and in the broader discussion of climate change. He also cited the opportunities adopting energy efficiency would present with regards to job creation and employment, mentioning that retrofitting, old, non-compliant buildings could create a new crop of jobs that previously were non-existent. You can view the minister’s speech and more video’s of the launch on Arc Nouveau.
The National Building Energy Efficiency Code is a set of minimum standards for energy efficient building in Nigeria. It was developed and compiled by GIZ, in collaboration with South African sustainability consultants, Solid Green, who served as primary consultants on the code. Input was also received from the Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP) and the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing along with allied professional bodies including but not limited to the Architects Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON) and the Green Building Council of Nigeria (GBCN).
Kindly visit www.pwh.gov.ng for more information and feel free to download the National Building Energy Efficiency Code here.