Topic: Government Policies
28 June 2004
THE EDITOR, Sir:
Having just read Dennie Quill's article 'Big Bucks at the Pumps', in the June 25, 2004 edition of The Gleaner, please allow me to comment on the 'comprehensive national policy' for the construction industry.
First, Jamaica has had an Energy Efficiency Building Code since 1995. To quote the foreword to this document: "It is the culmination of a joint effort of the Jamaica Bureau of Standards, the Ministry of Public Utilities, Mining and Energy and Jamaican Architects and Engineers to develop the building standards which are appropriate to our own climate as well as to our building designs and construction practices."
This document addresses such issues as walls, roofs, openings, lighting (including daylighting), electric power, etc. Second, our architects and engineers were invited to seminars on its use. Graduates of the Caribbean School of Architecture at the University of Technology have been trained in its use since it was published. Personnel within the Parish Councils have also received training. The only thing lacking is the will to implement it.
The code was originally intended for voluntary compliance and I am aware that the Government had intentions of making it compulsory (hence the training of the Parish Council personnel). But the policy at present is a mystery.
I am, etc.,
PAUL HAY Consultants
15a Cassia Park Road