Newsletter June 2017


Net Zero Energy Building Nearing Completion

 

The image above shows the final rendering for
the Net Zero Energy Building (NZEB) being constructed at The University of the
West Indies (UWI), Mona under the Low Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Promoting Energy
Efficiency & Renewable Energy Building in Jamaica (LGGE) Project. 
 
The building, which is nearing completion, will be a prototype for NZEB in
Jamaica and the region.

Special Features
 
The building features energy efficient architecture, rectangular in shape with
the shorter ends facing the morning sun in the east and the setting sun in the
west, this orientation ensures that only a small wall surface area is heated by
direct sunlight.
 
The core of the building is the only area that is mechanically cooled and the
habitat for persons who use the building. The eastern and western faces are
protected by non-inhabited spaces such as store rooms, restrooms, electrical and
mechanical closets.

The southern face of the building is shaded from direct sunlight via a veranda
of covered walk-way.
 
The northern face is left exposed with large windows to maximize secondary
sunlight penetration. On both the north and south walls, glass windows are also
mounted up high to allow maximum secondary light penetration to reduce the need
for artificial lighting during day time work hours.
 
A slab roof was used as the more cost effective roofing solution. Preliminary
analysis shows that if more than 90% of the roof slab is covered with solar
panels then no insulating material is required provided the roof membrane is
white to reflect sunlight.
 
Energy efficient LED lighting and variable speed compressor multi-split air
condition units are used to maintain low energy demand. High ceilings will
ensure the thermal comfort of the occupants along with sun shades to reduce or
eliminate the need for mechanical cooling.

N.B. Before selecting air conditioning equipment, a designer should evaluate
along with the client, the use of passive cooling technology.


Workshop Presents Guidelines for NZEB & Retrofitting

 

A workshop presenting guidelines for Net Zero Energy
Building & Retrofitting of existing buildings was hosted on June 6, 2017, by
the Low Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Promoting Energy Efficiency & Renewable
Energy Building in Jamaica (LGGE) Project.
 
The event held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel and titled “National
Building Policy Workshop: Presenting Guidelines for NZEB &
Retrofitting
”, was the second in a series under the project
being implemented by the Institute for Sustainable Development (ISD) of the
University of the West Indies (UWI) with financial support of the Global
Environment Facility (GEF) and technical assistance of the United Nations
Environment Programme (UNEP).
 
The project is poised to deliver Jamaica’s and the Caribbean’s first Net Zero
Energy Building (NZEB) – a demonstration of emerging and best practices in the
built environment.  The project also includes the retrofitting of the
National Housing Trust (NHT) building in Kingston to improve the energy and
environment performance.
 
The June 6th workshop advanced the LGGE’s work in developing policies
and practices as well as regulatory and technical tools that will mainstream the
lessons and transform the opportunities for promoting energy efficient
buildings.
 
Minister of Local Government & Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie
was the keynote speaker at the workshop which featured presentations on issues
like “Green Building Code for the Caribbean”, presented by Dr. Devon Gardner,
Programme Manager, Energy, at Caribbean Community Secretariat. Heather
Pinnock, Project Manager Global Environment Facility (GEF) 5, United
Nations Development Programme brought greetings on behalf of the UNDP
 
Paul Hay presented on “Energy Efficiency in the Building Code”, Keroma Bernard,
Policy Consultant for the LGGE project presented the draft “National Building
Policy Guidelines for NZEB Construction & Retrofitting in Jamaica” and Dr.
Earl Bailey, Lecturer in the Built Environment, University of Technology “Hazard
Vulnerability Analysis for Jamaica’s Built Environment”. Principal
Investigators of the project, Professors Tara Dasgupta and Anthony Clayton
updated participants on the project and the energy sector, respectively.
 
The workshop which  was chaired by Project Manager, Kevin Rodriguez, was
attended by a range of stakeholders including environmentalists, architects,
engineers and construction industry professionals and public sector
policymakers, allowed them “a voice” in recommendations for NZEB building policy
regulations to be presented to government.


Principal Investigators of the Low Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Promoting Energy
Efficiency & Renewable Energy Building in Jamaica (LGGE) Project, Professors
Tara Dasgupta (left) and Anthony Clayton, in conversation with Hon. Desmond McKenzie
(3rd left), Minister of Local Government & Community Development and
Donald Moore, Senior General Manager, National Housing Trust prior to the start of
the project’s National Building Policy Workshop at the Jamaica Pegasus on June 6,
2017.


Dr. Ruth Potopsingh, AVP Sustainable Energy Department, University of Technology
with Keroma Bernard, Policy Consultant on the Low Greenhouse Gas Emissions:
Promoting Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Building in Jamaica (LGGE)
Project, at the start of the project’s National Building Policy Workshop at the
Jamaica Pegasus on June 6, 2017.


Kevin Rodriguez, Project Manager of the Low Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Promoting
Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Building in Jamaica (LGGE) Project, in
discussion with Heather Pinnock, Project Manager of “Renewable Energy & Energy
Efficiency in the Public Sector” project, at the start of the project’s National
Building Policy Workshop at the Jamaica Pegasus on June 6, 2017.


Dr. Earl Bailey (left), Lecturer in the Built Environment, University of Technology
and Dr. Devon Gardner, Programme Manager, Energy, at Caribbean Community Secretariat
compare notes at the Low Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Promoting Energy Efficiency &
Renewable Energy Building in Jamaica (LGGE) Project’s National Building Policy
Workshop at the Jamaica Pegasus on June 6, 2017.

Highlights of The Energy Policy Workshop

The Energy Policy Workshop was held on March 23, 2017 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.
Here are some highlights. 
 


Prof. Tara Dasgupta, Principal Investigator, LGGE Project; Prof. Robert Lancashire,
Secretary, Caribbean Academy of Sciences, Jamaica and Dr. Andrew Wheatley, Minster
of Science, Energy & Technology


Prof. Anthony Clayton (left), Principal Investigator, LGGE Project in discussion
with Ruth Potopsingh, AVP Sustainable Energy Department, University of Technology


Kelly Tomblin, President & CEO, JPS and Kerri Ann Foster-Davis


Keith Clarke, Christopher Montgomery and Donald Moore of National Housing Trust


Dr. Earl Green, Energy Consultant in conversation with Prof. Tara Dasgupta,
Principal Investigator, LGGE Project


Prof. Tara Dasguta, Principal Investigator, LGGE Project; Kevin Rodriguez, Project
Coordinator, LGGE Project and Christopher Shaw, Lead Consultant, APEC Consultants
Ltd. 

Meet The Team

The Low Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Promoting Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
Building in Jamaica (LGGE) Project boasts a highly qualified team which is
delivering Jamaica’s and the Caribbean’s first Net Zero Energy Building (NZEB).
 
Here we introduce two of them:

Louise Fletcher, PE

Louise Fletcher is the Mechanical/Electrical Engineer on the NZEB Team. She is
Founder & Managing Director of an engineering consultancy firm – Planning &
Fletcher Limited which specializes in design, supervision and installation of
mechanical and electrical building services.
 
A LEED certified Engineer, Ms. Fletcher has participated in workshops hosted by the
US Green Building Council, UWI and others and is a member of the Jamaica Institution
of Engineers and the American Society of Heating, Retrofitting & Air
Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).
 
Ms. Fletcher has designed mechanical and electrical services in Jamaica and Trinidad
& Tobago.

Stuart Sykes, PE

Stuart Sykes is the Structural/Civil Engineer on the NZEB Project.  He is
Proprietor of SGS Engineers which provides general structural and civil engineering
services including analysis, design and drafting of building and civil structures,
damage assessment and reporting and project management.
 
A member of the Jamaica Institution of Engineers and registered with the
Professional Engineering Registration Board (Jamaica), Mr. Sykes has planned,
coordinated and  implemented construction and renovation for a number of major
projects in Jamaica including steel and reinforced concrete buildings and bridges.

Co-Financiers

The following are the co-financiers of Jamaica and the Caribbean’s
first Net Zero Energy Building (NZEB): 

  • The University Of The West Indies
  • The University Of Technology Jamaica
  • The Scientific Research Council Of
    Jamaica
  • Jamaica Public Service Company Ltd.
  • Jamaica Institution Of Engineers
  • Jamaican Institute Of Architects
  • Office of Disaster Preparedness &
    Emergency Management
  • Caribbean Academy of Sciences, Jamaica 
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