Gov’t agencies urged to join ‘BAGUS’

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Ministry of Development (MoD) is urging more government agencies to participate in its green seal programme ‘BAGUS’, which aims to reduce energy usage in government-run buildings by 15 per cent.

The Brunei Accredited Green Unified Seal (BAGUS) was launched in early March, touted as a ‘green tool’ to assess the sustainability of non-residential buildings.

Acting Director of MoD’s Department of Mechanical and Electrical Services Dr Rohaniyati POKSDSP Hj Md Salleh said government buildings can save energy by implementing simple, “no cost” measures, such as reducing aircon use, raising aircon temperatures and turning off lights and electronics when not needed.

Buildings awarded with the BAGUS seal must have reduced their electricity consumption by more than 15 per cent per annum and meet the government-mandated energy efficiency index (EEI) of 175 kWh/m2 per year.

The MoD introduced the EEI benchmark two years ago and tested the initiative among its respective departments.

“This kind of initiative we want to promote at other ministries. Several ministries, such as the Prime Minister’s Office, as well as Universiti Brunei Darussalam, have approached us to help them implement the EEI in their buildings,” she said.

After a two-year assessment period, three MoD buildings were awarded the BAGUS seal – the MoD headquarters, the Public Works Department headquarters and the Housing Development Department.

Dr Rohaniyati said the goal is for all government-run buildings, including schools, to adhere to the EEI benchmark and other energy-saving guidelines.

The MoD has also developed an energy efficiency index (EEI) for primary and secondary schools, collecting data from over 40 schools and eight commercial premises to come up with the benchmark.

For primary schools, the EEI is 40 kWh/m2 per year and it is 60 kWh/m2 per year for secondary schools.

The ministry said if schools are proactive in meeting this benchmark, it could result in a 20-30 per cent reduction in energy consumption.

Dr Rohaniyati added that although the EEI benchmark and BAGUS seal are only being used in the government sector, the MoD is hoping private sector entities will adopt similar EEI standards.

Last year, the ministry announced that energy efficiency and conservation (EEC) building guidelines will be made mandatory for all non-residential government buildings, pending an amendment to the current legislation.

The Brunei Times