The Ministerial Regulation B.E. 2552 (2009) has been issued by the Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE), Ministry of Energy. The main article is to prescribe type and size of building and also standard, rule and procedure for designing of energy conservation building. Any new buildings or retrofitted buildings being constructed must be designed in accordance with the Ministerial Regulation B.E. 2552.
According to the Ministerial Resolution on October 4th, 2010 (B.E. 2554), every government sector and state enterprise should participate in evaluating building plan being constructed as required by the Ministerial Regulation concerning energy conservation building design. Bureau of Budget can consider setting up a budget to construct new building when the building plan have been evaluated and certified. This regulation has become effective from fiscal year 2013 (B.E.2556) onward. In addition, Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP) agreed with this Ministerial Regulation B.E. 2552 by putting it as a part of the consideration of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report. To enforce this regulation, DEDE has a responsibility to promote, support and disseminate knowledge and understanding to any stakeholders concerned. Meanwhile DEDE will also collaborate with every related organization not only to be a base for evaluating building plan, but also to make a design standard of energy conservation building in order to be widely accepted as a result.
In accordance with the Ministerial Regulation B.E. 2552, new buildings or retrofitted buildings being constructed which have the total area of all stories equal to 2000 square-meters or more must be designed under the energy conservation requirements stated. The buildings as required by this regulation are categorized into nine types including:
(2) Academic Institution
(5) Assembly Building
(8) Entertainment Establishment and
(9) Department Stores or Shopping Center
According to the Ministerial Resolution on October 4th, 2010 (B.E. 2554), Bureau of Budget have been authorized since fiscal year 2013 (B.E. 2556) to consider proposals for setting up the budget to construct new buildings belonging to government sectors or state enterprises after the building plans have been evaluated and certified.
Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning agreed with this Ministerial Regulation B.E. 2552 by putting it as a part of the consideration of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report. However, it depends on the willingness of project stakeholders.
1) Government sectors, state enterprises or project stakeholders must provide the project detail, building blueprint together with the evaluation conclusion form of energy conservation building plan determined by Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE), the BEC.002 form. Moreover, the building plan must consist of at least the following details:
1.1) Architectural drawing: area layout, floor plan, site plan, elevation, cross section, expanding plan related to building envelope system such as material types, thickness, or building colors, etc.
1.2) Structural drawing: beam plan and beam cross-section drawing
1.3) Electric lighting system drawing: identify types and number of lights and ballasts, used in building both in air conditioning and non-conditioning areas (excluding parking area).
1.4) Air Conditioning system drawing: identify types, sizes, amounts, and the coefficient of performance.
1.5) Water Heating Appliance (if applicable): identify types and the energy efficiency of the systems.
1.6) Solar cells usage details (if applicable): identify the capability of electricity generated within 1 year.
1.7) Bill of Quantities (BOQ) details (if applicable)
2) Government sectors, state enterprises or project stakeholders must provide a letter for Director of Bureau of Energy Regulation and Conservation, Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE) in order to consent to receive the evaluation of energy conservation building plan service. Then, submitting all documents as shown in 1.1 – 1.7 by recording them into CD-ROM in the form of AutoCAD files format, together with the BEC.002 form in which the information is certified and signed by corresponding design engineers/architects
3) Bureau of Energy Regulation and Conservation, DEDE by Coordinating Center for Energy Conservation Building Design will evaluate the building plan. If the building satisfies the standard as required by the Ministerial Regulation, the evaluation certificate of energy conservation building design will be issued and certified by director-general of DEDE. Otherwise, the center will provide useful information and method to improve the building plan. DEDE will then inform the corresponding individuals or organizations. After the plan has been modified and improved as advised by the center and re-submitted to the centre, DEDE will issue the evaluation certificate of energy conservation building design certified and signed by director-general of DEDE.
4) Government sectors or state enterprises can submit this certificate to Bureau of Budget to consider setting up the budget to construct the buildings.
5) Project stakeholders can also submit this certificate in order to be a part of environmental impact analysis (EIA) report. The evaluation procedures and certification of building plan will be completed within 28 working days (If all documents are complete).