What is the CARICOM Regional Energy Efficiency Building Code (CREEBC)

The CARICOM Regional Energy Efficiency Building Code (CREEBC) is designed specifically to meet the needs of the Caribbean and other countries in a tropical environment. It establishes minimum energy efficiency requirements for buildings using prescriptive and performance-related provisions inclusive of building envelope, cooling system, ventilation, pumping, lighting and the service water-heating systems in buildings.

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The CARICOM Regional Organization for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) is currently the owner of two initiatives – the CARICOM Regional Energy Efficiency Building Code (CREEBC) and the Establishment of a Regional Harmonised Energy Efficiency Labelling Scheme for Domestic Appliances. In order to guarantee the success of these initiatives member states are expected to adopt the regional codes and standards developed through these initiatives as well as implement them. Given that all member states do not possess the technical knowledge as well as the capacity to implement the Codes and the Scheme, a framework was established at the national level to assist in this regard.

In 2020, the TAPSEC signed a financing agreement with the CROSQ to provide support these two initiatives. The collaboration was aimed at establishing an enabling framework to support national implementation (in this instance relating to QI) of the CARICOM Regional Energy Efficiency Building Code (CREEBC) and regional harmonised CARICOM Energy Efficiency (CEE) Labelling Scheme for domestic appliances. Additionally, the project sought to build capacity in CARICOM member states in QI components to implement CROSQ energy efficiency initiatives. The expected outcome will be the establishment of a QI framework to implement the CREEBC and the CEE Labelling Scheme.

The project has executed work in several areas aimed at supporting the Regional Energy Efficiency Labelling Scheme and the CARICOM Regional Energy Efficiency Building Code (CREEBC). These areas include:

  • The training of industry professionals in the building and construction sector in the CREEBC compliance
  • The sensitization of consumers, industry stakeholders and high-energy users sensitized through a digital campaign including infographics, posters and Did You Know cards on the REELS
  • Sensitisation of hundreds of stakeholders on quality-related topics for energy, covering such areas as climate change, energy sustainability in the region, the labelling scheme, the CREEBC, and much more via a 10-part webinar series
  • Translation of the 2018 CREEBC to French to ensure that industry practitioners and stakeholders in Haiti are able to utilize the CREEBC without constraints related to language.
  • Provision of energy efficiency labels, specialized printers and equipment to countries involved in piloting the REELS to assist in initiating and implementing national compliance programmes.
  • Development of a National Procedures Manual for one new piloting country to guide the compliance of the REELS.

A Discussion on the CARICOM Regional Energy Efficiency Building Code (CREEBC)

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