ENERGY EFFICIENT BUILDINGS IN SOUTH AFRICA

By Claire Tucker Thursday, July 19, 2012
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Although South Africa does not have mandatory targets on green-house gas emissions under the Kyoto Protocol there is concerted effort by the South African government to play its part and meet the country’s obligations to the international community in the climate change arena. The latest manifestation of this is that as of May 2012 all new buildings and extensions have to comply with the energy usage in buildings provisions in the amended the National Building Regulations (“the Regulations”). These amendments introduce requirements for energy usage in buildings by setting minimum standards for energy efficiency with which all new buildings and extensions in South Africa are required to comply.

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