JEC helps construction industry get to grips with new building energy laws

| December 6, 2010 | 0 Comments

New properties in Jersey will be at least 20 per cent more energy efficient from next year when new Building Bye-Laws come into force.

Architects and builders discovered just what the new bye-laws will mean in practice at a seminar hosted by Jersey Electricity this week. (Tues 1 Dec)

Around 170 representatives from the construction industry attended the event, which celebrated the best in building design and showcased the latest electric heating solutions that will help developers to meet the new bye-law requirements.

The Planning and Environment Department has set energy targets for homes and other new buildings, as well as existing properties that are renovated or extended. Mr Mo Roscouet, Assistant Director of Building Control, said that the States wanted to improve standards relating to the external fabric of buildings and insulation. In future, new buildings must also use low-energy units for at least 80 per cent of their lighting.

Jersey Electricity’s Commercial Director Richard Plaster said that the company welcomed the new bye-laws that come into force on 1 January 2011.  He told the seminar: ‘We hope that they will reinforce in your minds the opportunities electricity can provide to help you meet and exceed the standards.’

Mike Waddington, of Naish Waddington, told delegates how the new Ogier headquarters on the Esplanade were designed and constructed using the BREEAM environmental assessment system.

While architect Andrew Morris, of Morris Architects, explained how his firm had brought the 38-year-old Cedars tower block on Green Street up to date in a refurbishment project that achieved a huge increase in thermal performance and included replacing old heating and hot water systems.

‘The seminar was a great success and very timely judging by the high attendance,’ said Nigel Ricou, Jersey Electricity’s Head of Marketing. ‘The guests were clearly keen to learn how the latest electric systems can help them to meet the new energy-efficiency targets.’

For further information, please contact Jersey Electricity Head of Marketing Nigel Ricou on 505530, or email

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