Japanese hub organises a workshop on building codes

February 20, 2017

Building standards were the subject of a workshop organized by the Energy Conservation Centre of Japan (ECCJ) from 14-16 February in Tokyo, Japan. In its role as an Energy Efficiency Facilitating Hub for SEforALL , the ECCJ gathered representatives from nine ASEAN countries: Japan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao DR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. The goal of the workshop was to act as a platform for sharing international best practices for Building Energy Codes (BECs), and help countries draft roadmaps for implementation.

At the workshop, the Copenhagen Centre, in a presentation given by Dr Ksenia Petrichenko, focused on the challenge of multilevel governance (country-city-district) and overcoming institutional barriers to enforcing building standards. The Centre also stressed the importance of international cooperation in terms of capacity building, as well as the ability to share knowledge of financial models, design, and implementation.

Finally, the Centre facilitated group discussions around the theme of designing and implementing BECs. At the end of the workshop, participants drafted and presented BEC roadmaps for their countries.