Most of the conventional buildings utilize massive amount of natural resources and energy throughout the life cycle and creates negative effects on the environment. The commercial and the industrial sector, which comprises of large scale buildings, contribute to 60% of the electricity consumption in Sri Lanka. Energy used in buildings is mainly for air conditioning, ventilation and lighting. The energy consumption pattern in buildings can be drastically reduced through better planning and designing.
The Energy Efficient Building Code encourages energy efficient designs and retrofit in buildings. It sets standards for energy efficiency in design and retrofits in buildings, at the same time providing methods for determining compliance. The SEA published the Code of Practice for Energy Efficient Buildings in Sri Lanka – 2008 by reviewing and amending the extant CEB Energy Efficient Building Code – 2000. The Code is applicable to commercial buildings, industrial facilities and large scale housing complexes. It has been developed to cover the building elements, building envelop, ventilation and air conditioning systems, lighting, service and water heating and electrical and power distribution. This was implemented on a voluntary basis.
Building material and technologies, and building practices are evolving through ages. Therefore, building codes need to be continuously upgraded in the face of advancing technological innovations. A programme to review and amend the extant Code has been initiated.