Energy efficiency regulations for new buildings published

Energy efficiency regulations for new buildings published

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has published amendments to energy efficiency regulations, which would make it compulsory for all new buildings to be designed to a standard that minimised the energy use.  The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on Monday invited interested parties to submit comments and input on the energy efficiency regulations for new buildings, which were published in the regulations section of Government Gazette No. 33265. The DTI said that the regulations would form part of the deliverables of the National Energy Strategy that were identified in the Industrial Policy Action Plan to strengthen South African standards and regulations for energy efficiency, and would be finalised by the end of 2010. The energy efficient regulations for residential and commercial buildings, places of learning and worship, certain medical clinics and other categories of buildings, would make it compulsory for all new buildings to be designed and constructed to a standard whereby the user minimised the energy required to meet the...
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SA solar water heater market set to grow rapidly

The Department of Energy (DoE) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) believe that the solar water heater (SWH) market is set to grow rapidly in South Africa and aim to install one-million SWHs by 2014. The tariff increase of 24,8% requested by State-owned power utility Eskom, as well as the reincarnation of nongrid technology industries, the repositioning of the South African SWH industry and the opportunities to grow the economy and create jobs and livelihood will all help the installation of SWHs in the country, DoE clean energy division acting chief director David Mahuma said at the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association’s Stainless Steel Solar Water Heat-ing Interest Group Collabora-tion. He pointed out that high- and medium-level households were able to break even by installing SWHs if the increases in electricity in the past four to five years were factored in. He said that the DoE would continue to promote SWHs, as they have significant economic and environmental benefits and...
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Solar heater boom to drive economy

Cape Town - Exponential growth in the market for solar water heaters forms the backbone of the green economy part of the government's new Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap2). The plan's objective is to increase the installation of solar water heaters from the current 35 000 a year to 250 000 a year over the next three years, and to increase domestic production from 20 000 units to 200 000 units a year. The department of energy plans to have one million installed solar water heaters by 2014.  The department is working on a new subsidy scheme for solar water heaters that will be announced in the second quarter of the 2010/11 financial year. By the third quarter of the new financial year, the department of trade and industry must publish amended building regulations to make solar water heating compulsory in new buildings and building renovations from March 2011. By the second quarter the department must ensure that legislation has been introduced to make it compulsory to...
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