New energy code set for large Bangkok buildings
All large buildings like these in Bangkok's Sathon area will come under a new energy code by mid-2018. Photo courtesy of Bangkok Post
Buildings in Bangkok, Thailand, with areas greater than 10,000 square meters must adhere to a new building energy code (BEC) when it goes into effect by mid-2018, reports the Bangkok Post.
Nine kinds of newly built large buildings – hotels, offices, hospitals, department stores, theatres, gas stations, meeting convention halls, campus buildings and condominiums – will have to comply with the new BEC regulations.
Twarath Sutabutr, director-general of the city’s Energy Policy and Planning Office (Eppo), said property developers will be compelled to design and mange the new buildings under the new regulations, which will be posted on the website of the Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE) at www.dede.go.th.
Elements of new buildings to be regulated include building materials, air-conditioning systems, lighting, hot water, renewable energy and the building's structure, with the expectation of cutting electricity consumption by 10 percent.
"We believe that the new BEC will not impact property developers, because building operators will enjoy reduced power bills when the buildings are completed and the operators themselves can create more value-added buildings using green or eco-friendly designs to attract buyers and tenants," Twarath said.
He said enforcement of the BEC will be done in three steps. New buildings with an area greater than 10,000 square meters will be subject to the code in 2018. New buildings with an area between 5,000 and 10,000 square meters will have to comply with the code in 2019. New buildings of 2,000 to 5,000 square meters will come under the code in 2020.
The new BEC regulations are an effort of DEDE, the Architect Council of Thailand and the Engineering Institute of Thailand to form a standard.
Twarath said the BEC regulations are aimed at cutting power consumption over the next 20 years by 13.7 billion kilowatt hours.
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