The Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing in collaboration with German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP) developed the Building Energy Efficiency Code (BEEC) for Nigeria and invited respective stakeholders for the launching ceremony of the Code. This event held at Transcorp Hotel, Abuja on Tuesday, 29th August, 2017.
In attendance were His Excellency, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, Minister, Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing; Acting Head of Co-operation, European Union, Mr. Helm James Hurgel; Director of Finance and Administration, Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Alhaji Ibrahim Tumsah; Representative of the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Magaji Shedrah; Representative of the Managing Director of Mortgage Bank; German Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency, Mr. Bernhard Schlagheck; Engr. Esther Okowa, Director, Engineering Services, Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing; and Director, Electrical Services, Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Engr. Julius Ereriola, amongst other dignitaries.
The event which was hosted by German development agency (GIZ), Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP) and the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, was well attended by representatives from the private sector, concerned institutes, societies, regulatory bodies and ministries.
It kicked off at exactly 11:25am after the registration of guests and distribution of souvenirs. Following the entry of the Minister, the recitation of the National Anthem and the second stanza of the anthem as prayer ensued.
Director of Finance and Administration, Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Alhaji Ibrahim Tumsah in his opening remarks, described the launch of the code as a major invention of the building industry, which would go a long way in providing employment for Nigerians. Additionally, he stated that the Building Energy Efficiency Guideline was launched in 2016 and was distributed to all states through their ambassadors. In conclusion, he appreciated the support of the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) since inception of plan and welcomed all in attendance.
The first goodwill message was taken from Acting Head of Cooperation, European Union, Mr. Helm James Hurgel, who informed guests that 15 million Euros was contributed by the German partners. He reiterated that there were numerous advantages of the use of energy efficiency technologies in buildings which included: roof insulation, cost saving, reduced hazards, improvement of the country’s energy situation and increased security. “This was essential considering the rapid growth of Nigerian population, thus, a growing need for housing and electricity”, he said. The statistics which Mr. James gave states that 2.5 thousand mega watts would be saved in 10 years with the use of the energy code being launched. On a concluding note, the Acting Head of Cooperation, European Union congratulated Nigeria for this great feat.
German Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency, Mr. Bernhard Schlagheck, who gave the second goodwill message, rightly pointed out that energy is key and critical in the economic development of any nation and on that note, congratulated Nigeria and thanked all who were part of the developmental stage of the Building Energy Efficiency Code.
His Excellency Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, Minister, Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, was thankful to the German Cooperation for their unflinching support and expertise extended to Nigeria and the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing. He quite commended the good turn-up of about 200 guests from the private and public sectors who honored the invitation for the Code Launch. Thus, he implored all present to spearhead the advocacy of the use of energy efficiency solutions/technologies, while mentioning tasks ahead to be: increment in power, stability of power, repairs and maintenance, uninterrupted power (reduction of waste, conservation, efficient and optimal utilization of energy).
In his keynote address, the Minister likened the ideology of “Waste not, Want not” to the importance and relevance of energy efficiency in buildings and in the broader discussion of climate change. He also cited the opportunities adopting energy efficiency would present with regards to job creation and employment, mentioning that retrofitting old, non-compliant buildings could create a new crop of jobs that previously were non-existent. On a final note, the Minister urged all to take home the message of energy conservation and get it fast spread, as the way out. Thereafter, he presented the Code formally and launched it to become our way of life in Nigeria.
After some minutes of tea break, the technical session commenced at 12:53pm with the Director, Engineering Services, Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, who presented an overview of the BEEC. Engr. Julius Ereriola, Director, Electrical Services, Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing shortly after gave a technical study of the Code.
Mr. Thomas Garba of the Monitoring and Enforcement Department of the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing thus, moved a motion for the commitment use of the Code, emphatically saying that the FCT residents should spearhead the usage of the BEEC for Nigerians in other locations to follow suit.
The interactive session took enough questions and corresponding responses from the Consultant (Representative of Solid Green). In all, capacity building and training are needed to ensure efficient use of the Code, as well as, partnership with the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) and Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) since the current building materials, gadgets and processes which are non-energy efficiency compliant would be required to be fizzled out of the market and building industry. It was made clear that more reviews of the Code would come up subsequently.
The program came to an end at 2:15pm.
NB: The National Building Energy Efficiency Code is a set of minimum standards for energy efficient building in Nigeria. It was developed and compiled by GIZ in collaboration with South African sustainability consultants, Solid Green, who served as primary consultants on the code. Input was also received from the Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP) and the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing along with allied professional bodies including but not limited to the Architects Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON) and the Green Building Council of Nigeria (GBCN). It was therefore resolved at the launch that a voluntary period of two (2) years will be given before adoption of the code in construction of structures in Nigeria, private and public alike, will be made mandatory.