Energy efficiency in Colombia

In relation to the title of this article, I have been reflecting on the current and specific situation of Colombia and have to admit that unfortunately I have find that everything quite the contrary. In other words, there is an irrational use of energy in general and a lack of knowledge regarding how to achieve high performance and environmentally-friendly HVAC systems.

Analysing international standards for achieve this end, we have the ASHRAE 90 standard (the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air- Conditioning Engineers) that offers all the specifications required for systems to comply with a minimum level of energy efficiency. There is also the Spanish RITE, the Regulation on Thermal Installations in Buildings that has provided the basis for a draft ruling. However the Colombian version of the RITE, that was not passed, focuses on trivialities that have nothing to do with its fundamental principle that is energy efficiency and air quality inside buildings. Interesting efforts have also been made as regards ISO 50001 that includes efficient measures for industrial installations. However as none of these standards are regulatory, codified or legally binding, they are cited but not complied with.

We also have the certification of buildings, such as LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design), the SAC (Colombian Environmental Seal, currently undergoing approval) and the CEE (the Spanish Energy Certification of Buildings), the latter based on the RITE approved by Royal Decree 1027/2007 along with the Royal Decree 235/2013 for the CEE. Read more…

Camilo Botero
President, Western Division (Colombian Association of Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration) Secretary of FAIAR (Ibero-American Federation of Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Associations

Article published in: FuturENERGY June 2015