Deal: New building code should address climate change
Ongoing efforts to improve the country’s building code to withstand devastating storms should also address climate change, energy efficiency and energy sustainability, charged Deborah Deal, the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation’s (BCCEC) chairperson for environmental matters, in a recent interview with Guardian Business.
For that reason, the BCCEC has sought the expertise of pioneers in the areas of renewable energy systems and smart grid technology for the Bahamas Energy and Security Forum (BESF).
“Chris Burgess, from the Carbon War Room, is coming to speak. I have an urban planner from Wade & Company in Toronto who is coming to talk about green urban planning because the prime minister’s office has given a mandate to the Bahamas Bureau of Standards and Quality to adapt our building code for climate change, energy efficiency and sustainability and renewable energy by May,” Deal said.
“That’s why urban planning was so important, and we have somebody coming from a country where they’ve already done that, where they’ve already adapted everything for climate change, because they’re feeling it just like we are.”
Following the widespread destruction caused by Hurricane Irma in 2017, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis charged Minister of Public Works Desmond Bannister with fortifying the country’s building code.
The Bahamas Energy and Security Forum, scheduled for next Tuesday, aims to increase the public’s awareness of renewable energy and energy efficiency.