Work moves apace to develop Regional Energy Efficiency Building Code


A Regional Project Team (RPT), established to develop a Regional Energy Efficiency Building Code (REEBC), among other mandates, will be launched in Kingston, Jamaica, next week.

The launch and the first face-to-face Working Meeting with the contracted consultant will be held 30-31 March, at the Jamaica Bureau of Standards. Nine Member States – Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, The Bahamas, Belize, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago – are represented on the RPT which consists of 19 Members.

The RPT is tasked with developing the REEBC, as well as its associated application documents and Minimum Energy Performance standards for buildings. To do so, the RPT will review the Minimum Energy Performance Standards for buildings as proposed by consultant, Solar Dynamics, in their final report of the consultancy on the Development of Minimum Energy Performance Standard (MEPS) for public and commercial buildings in CARICOM Member States. The team will also review the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) in an effort to adapt it, where necessary, and present for acceptance and adoption by Member States as a Regional Energy Efficiency Building Code. (more…)

Haiti bids ‘Adieu’ to René Préval with solemn ceremony

President Rene Preval's coffin being wheeled away after the funeral servive in Port-au-Prince  (Photo via Miami Herald)
President Rene Preval’s coffin being wheeled away after the funeral servive in Port-au-Prince (Photo via Miami Herald)

PORT-AU-PRINCE  – Haiti bid farewell Saturday to one of its most decorated and respected presidents, René Préval, in a Roman Catholic ceremony spanning almost three hours.

Just as in life, Préval, in death, brought together Haitians of all hues, socio-economic standings and political leanings as peasant organizations paid tribute by wearing traditional straw hats — a symbol of the Haitian farmer and the grassroots organizations Préval cultivated to become Haiti’s only two-time president to complete his terms and leave office.

“We’ve lost a branch in our battle, “ said Charles Suffrard , a peasant leader, friend and longtime ally in Préval’s battle to integrate peasants in national life.


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