GIS - October 30, 2012: A final training workshop on “Energy Efficient Design Guidebooks for Targeted Residential and Non-Residential Buildings of Total Floor Area less than 500 m2” is being held on 30 and 31 October 2012 at Domaine Les Pailles.
This workshop is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Energy and Public Utilities; the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, National Development Unit, Land Transport and Shipping; and the United Nations Development Programme. Around 60 architects, civil engineers, mechanical and electrical engineers, draughtsmen, building construction companies, and building consultants are participating.
The objective is to improve energy efficiency and optimise the use of renewable energy in buildings such as schools, community centre, houses, commercial complexes and NHDC flats. This workshop will help to familiarise the participants with the guidelines proposed with regard to energy efficiency in the design of residential and non-residential less than 500 m2. The contract to develop guidelines for the design of energy efficient buildings has been awarded to Sarah Wigglesworth Architects, a British consulting firm.
This project is in line with government policy to integrate energy efficiency and use of renewable energy in building design while taking into account the benefits in terms of reducing costs and carbon emissions.
The project on standards design forms part of the overall project ‘Removal of Barriers to Energy Efficiency and Energy Conservation in Buildings’, which was launched in 2008. The objective is to address energy security in Mauritius by developing a robust approach to future building types in the context of the new Energy Efficiency Code and the Building Regulatory Framework. The standard designs will therefore meet the energy requirements of the new building regulations and incorporate cost-effective energy savings mechanism and renewable energy such as use of natural ventilation, natural day lighting, solar water heaters and rainwater harvesting, amongst others.