Peru has no building energy code. Instead, it relies heavily on training and public awareness for energy efficiency. Peru has required the use of energy labels for appliances since 1999 and is in the process of developing voluntary standards on energy efficiency. Peru’s National Building Regulations, last updated in 2006, does have sections on mechanical and electrical equipment and insulation, but it is unknown to what extent it addresses energy efficiency measures.
Peru already has some national policies on energy efficiency. The next step is to establish complete, mandatory codes that will set strict guidelines for efficiency in buildings. Completing commercial and residential standards will lead to greater compliance and efficiency in buildings, and is the easiest way to achieve the goals set out by the Law for the Promotion of Energy Efficiency. The codes can be rolled into the National Building Regulations, which currently address mechanical and electrical equipment and insulation, or created as separate entities.
- Ministry of Energy and Mines
- Peru Green Building Council
- Peer Review on Energy Efficiency in Peru May 2011
In May 2010, Executive Decree No. 026-2010-EM created the General Directorate of Energy Efficiency (GDEE).
Due to electric power shortages, Peru began its energy efficiency initiative in 1994. The main goals of the program were to change the energy consumption habits of households and to promote higher efficiency appliances. Thus, in 1999, Peru required the use of energy labels on all appliances. The INDECOPI also began encouraging residents to practice more efficient lifestyles, such as turning off lights when not in use, and offered free training as well. The SENCICO has begun to establish a set of voluntary standards, but none have been released. Peru’s National Building Regulations, last updated in 2006, mainly concern natural disaster resistance, and establish mandatory structural and architectural standards. They do make note of electrical and mechanical equipment as well as insulation, but it is unknown to what extend it discusses energy efficiency measures.
The Law for the Promotion of Energy, No. 27345 was passed in 2000 and again in 2007. It promotes energy efficiency, and ensures competitiveness in order to do so. It also identifies agencies responsible for implementing the programs.
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Cosimina has been a member of BCAP for over a decade, actively contributing to the organization’s nationally acclaimed initiatives aimed at assisting states and local authorities in the establishment and enforcement of robust and efficient building energy codes. Her involvement spans across advocacy, technical guidance, outreach programs, and the formation of strategic coalitions.