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Bahamas to adopt CARICOM Regional Energy Efficiency Building Code

The CARICOM Regional Energy Efficiency Building Code (CREEBC) will be the top priority of the Bahamas Bureau of Standards and Quality’s (BBSQ) Electro-Technical and Energy Efficiency Technical Committee when it meets next month, with stakeholders focused on updating the Bahamas Building Code.

The technical committee has been mandated to adopt the CREEBC as the national standard, with the CREEBC being an addendum to the Bahamas Building Code.

The CREEBC, which was developed through a collaboration between the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) and the Energy Unit of the CARICOM Secretariat, is meant to meet the specific needs of nations in the Caribbean and other countries with tropical climates. It establishes minimum energy efficiency requirements for buildings, including the building envelope, cooling system, ventilation, pumping, lighting and the service water heating systems.

“Countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) meet at least 95 percent of electricity generation needs through the use of imported fossil fuel. This dependency, particularly for commerce and manufacturing, has restricted global competitiveness, escalated indebtedness and increased potential for environmental harm. Additionally, the impact of global warming and climate change threatens to exacerbate these conditions, through increased energy demand and subsequent heightening of inefficiencies in electricity generating plants,” the CREEBC noted.

“Recognizing that the adoption rates of more effectual technologies for renewable energy and energy conservation and efficiency are low and require political will, private sector input and technical expertise, the CARICOM Energy Unit, as part of the CARICOM Energy Programme, is implementing a Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERM). This C-SERM was developed to action the CARICOM Energy Policy.”

Once the BBSQ technical committee reviews the CREEBC to determine which parts of the code it will adopt, those recommendations will be passed on for Cabinet review.

The development of the CREEBC is part of the ongoing implementation of the C-SERM, a CARICOM program aimed at increasing political will and private sector input for the adoption of more effective technologies for renewable energy, energy conservation and efficiency.

Paige McCartney

Business Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Paige joined The Nassau Guardian in 2010 as a television news reporter and anchor. She has covered countless political and social events that have impacted the lives of Bahamians and changed the trajectory of The Bahamas.
Paige started working as a business reporter in August 2016.
Education: Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2006 with a BA in Radio and Television News
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