As part of measures to include Energy Efficiency into the National Building Code, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) has launched the Building Energy Efficiency Guidelines for Nigeria.
The Minster said that the guide should be a handbook for all professionals in the built environment, which include Architects, Engineers, Builders, Quantity Surveyors and Town Planners, to enable them come up with the realities of Energy Efficiency in buildings.
He said the Ministry should embark on advocacy campaign to create awareness on the importance of generating alternative sources of energy which could cumulatively lead to increase in the nation’s existing source of energy that would in turn help the Federal Government achieve its vision of providing uninterrupted supply of energy to the citizenry.
He commended the efforts of theMinisterial Committee for developing the document and urged them to ensurethat the knowledge is passed on to the public including the academia.
The Minister appreciated the efforts of the German Agency for International Cooperation (giz) in assisting Nigeria in coming out with a guideline to regulate energy efficiency.
Speaking earlier, the Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Honourable Mustapha Baba Shehuri, while identifying the book launch as a milestone in securing sustainability in generating Energy Efficiency also applauded the collaboration of the Ministry with giz and Nigeria Energy Support Programme (NESP).
He further commended their ability to carefully compile a compendium with relevant issues that would aid the generation of sufficient energy among relevant stakeholders in the built environment.
The German Ambassador to Nigeria, Micheal Zenner, in his address revealed that the economic cooperation between the Federal Government of Nigeria and German Government which dated back to 2013 has birthed the cooperation in the energy sector, adding that the launching is a step in developing a holistic measure in providing Energy Efficiency in Nigeria.
Professionals in the built environment were advised to harness the benefits in the guideline as it will promote investments in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Buildings.