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About 200 large buildings going ‘green’ in Jakarta

A new law in Jakarta will require the owners of large buildings to follow environmental guidelines for "green buildings," the Jakarta Post reported.

Taking effect in April next year, the regulation will withhold the issuance of permits to new buildings and feasibility certificates to existing buildings unless they comply with specified environmental measures.

All the buildings reportedly will have to observe specifications that fall in five categories – building management, energy efficiency, water conservation, air quality and site usage.

The new policy, however, will only be imposed on certain buildings in the city. These include schools and other educational institutions of 10,000 square meters, hotels and health centers of over 20,000 square meters, shopping malls, offices and apartments of more than 50,000 square meters.

The agency said there are about 200 buildings that meet the criterion.

The government is working on a campaign to involve building owners and consultants in the new policy.

According to a World Bank, Indonesia's building sector is the country's third largest energy consumer and it accounts for more than a quarter of total energy consumption in 2004, which is expected to rise to nearly 40 percent in the next two decades.

The World Bank, since early 2012, has been working with Indonesia on developing the Jakarta Green Buildings Code, which will provide energy and water efficiency guidelines for buildings and will require sustainability practices to be integrated in building designs.

When fully implemented, the code is expected to help reduce energy consumption of large commercial and residential buildings by about 2.7 million tons of carbon dioxide per year by 2020. – EcoSeed Staff



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