On Tuesday, April 30, the project team hosted an Energy Retrofit Workshop titled “PRESENTING GUIDELINES FOR NZEB AND RETROFITTING”
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The workshop received support from the Vice-Chancellor of The UWI through the Pro-Vice Chancellor, Ambassador Dr. Richard Bernal, Prof. Michael Taylor the Dean of the Faculty of Science & Technology, The UWI, Mona through Dr. Masao Ashtine, Mr. Vincent Sweeney the Director of UNEP Jamaica.
The Keynote Address was brought by the Honorable Desmond McKenzie CD, MP, the Minister of Local Government and Community Development.
The participants were engaged throughout eight presentations:
1. The NHT Head Offices Energy Audit – Mr. Christopher Shaw APEC Consultants Ltd – 1 – The NHT Head Offices Energy Audit – Mr. Christopher Shaw APEC Consultants Ltd
2. The National Housing Trust’s Approach to Retrofitting – Mr. Donald Moore, National Housing Trust
3. Energy Efficiency Testing at the Bureau of Standards Jamaica – Mrs. Kathleen Gregory Jackson, Engineering Division, Bureau of Standards Jamaica
4. Building Policy – Prof. Anthony Clayton, Institute for Sustainable Development, The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus
5. Building Resilience in Renewable Energy Systems – Dr. Ruth Potopsingh, University Of Technology, Jamaica
6. Legislative Strategies to Obtain Widespread Energy Efficient buildings in Jamaica – Mr. Roosevelt DaCosta, Hi-Tech Consulting Services
7. Cool Roofs. Can they be Economical? – Mr. Max Gordon, Gormann Corp
8. The Growing Building, “Out of Many, One People” – Mr. Evan Williams, Design Collaborative International
During the workshop, Minister McKenzie out lined the leadership role the Ministry of Local Government has undertaken to design and build a more energy efficient and sustainable female ward at the Manchester Infirmary to be delivered December 2019.
In a speech, addressing the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management’s Earthquake and Tsunami Awareness Campaign 2019 press conference on January 14, 2019, Minster McKenzie reminded Jamaica that, “The Act is critical to the effort to prevent new squatter settlements from being built, promote sustainable development, establish and enforce internationally-accepted building standards and rules for individuals and entities providing construction material and services,”
Now that data collection at the net-zero energy building prototype, named the “Centre for Advanced Research in Renewable Energy” and at the National Housing Trust’s Michael Manley headquarters building has started, planning has begun for yet another workshop scheduled for November 2019. This workshop will include a tour of the retrofits executed at the NHT head office.