Federal Government in collaboration with the Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP), has launched Building Energy Efficiency Code (BEEC), with core objectives of achieving energy saves, availability and sustainability throughout the country.
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, launched the code on behalf of the federal government on Tuesday, explaining that it is targeted at reducing energy costs, wastages, and conserving available energy for utilisation where and when necessary in various homes, companies and public buildings.
This is in furtherance of implementing the NESP 24.5 million Euro technical assistance programme launched to promote investments in renewable energy, energy efficiency and rural electrification in Nigeria. It is also a follow up to Building Energy Efficiency Guideline launched in June, 2016.
The NESP is co-funded by the European Union and the German government and is jointly being implemented by the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing and the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
Fashola who explained that the motive behind this is “waste not, want not”, furrher maintained that “the Building Energy Efficiency Code when implemented, has capacity to save 40 percent of current energy usage in buildings”.
He also said that the Code would complement the National Building Code currently being reversed according to world best practices, after being in operation for some years.
In achieving construction of energy efficient buildings in Nigeria, the code focuses on low cost minimum energy efficiency requirements and is to be adapted by state and local authorities with the Department of Development Control Abuja as the first government establishment to adopt the code.
Fashola maintained that climate change is a reality because when it is getting hot, it is very hot and when cold, it is very cold.
The European Union Head of Cooperation, Clens Hogel, said that the event was a manifestation of the support provided to Nigeria the NESP.
He said the EU was satisfied with the programne having contributed 14 to 15.5 million Euros to the programne which had a total contribution of 24.5 million Euros jointly funded by the German government.
The EU Head of Cooperation said that if the Code is complied with by all the stakeholders, it has the capacity increase in electricity supply, energy savings and security, as well as cost savings in the country.
Given the energy situation in the country, he stressed that energy saves is indispensable as the population and houses increases in the country.
The German Ambassador to Nigeria, Bernard Schlagheck, assured that the German government would continue to support Nigeria.