Energy for Sustainable Development in Caribbean Buildings
Status of initiative: On track
Description/achievement of initiative

1. Capacity for continual improvement: a.Baseline projection and monitoring system to be able to track and feedback on progress b.Opportunities and target potentials for energy savings are identified2. Enhanced national capacity through: a.Development of tools for energy efficient building design b.Identification of building materials and component efficiency labeling and standards. c.Support for use of trained personnel for sustainable energy through a listing service or registry d. Use of energy estimation tools for buildings3.Higher borrowing ratio, lower rate, and extended term finance (green mortgages) linked to the code and building ratings4.a. Demonstrations of measures and benefits of energy efficiency in buildings at the national level. b. Initial market volume boosted for trades, materials and equipmentb. Demonstrations of measures and benefits of energy efficiency in buildings at the national level and initial market volume boosted for trades, materials and equipment5. Energy performance standard for buildings design, construction and operation supported with ratings and minima for performance of equipment6. Joint reporting for dissemination and cross-learning including regionally harmonized energy efficiency and renewable energy equipment and materials

Implementation methodologies

1.- Building audit reports, statistics on potential savings in domestic, commercial and public sectors- Identification of measures at the design, construction and maintenance stages of the building life cycle for improved energy efficiency and deployment of renewable energy -Identify efficient lighting and cooling equipment having significant potentials to reduce fossil fuel use -Specific energy saving measures and policy options for various classes of buildings are identified2. - Development of training workshops, seminars on energy efficiency for building designers, contractors architects, renewable energy installers and maintenance personnel -Publication of manual on best practices on energy efficiency for use in building sector -Development of energy efficiency courses for national tertiary institutions3.-Reduced operating costs and risk hedging against fuel price spikes are integrated into lending-Fiscal incentives program to increase market uptake and penetration of sustainable energy measures4.-Government adopts a buildings and energy efficiency standard in their own buildings-Challenge competition for private sector builders for construction and retrofitting of buildings to make a very low purchased energy target of some few kWh/m25. -Development of guidelines and standards for energy efficient construction practices including renewable energy and products based on investigation of global and regional standards6.- Task reports produced on subtopics: =Grenada: PV interconnection and monitoring buildings =Antigua & Barbuda awareness and education program materials, schools, general public, =St. Lucia: Lighting =Belize: ESCO training and program =Trinidad &Tobago Energy Efficiency Regulations

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure


Sponsors: UNDESA, UNEP/GEF, CariCom CC Centre, Antigua & Barbuda, Belize, Grenada, St. Lucia, Trinidad & Tobago
Resources devoted to implementation
Progress reports
Cut off date each year: 1 July
This initiative does not yet fulfil the SMART criteria.
Date of completion: ongoing
Operating in countries
Partner connections
Contact information/focal point(s)
MONIQUE BARBUT, mbarbut@TheGEF.org

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