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Sectoral Study on Sustainable Buildings -2012

2012

Abstract

The present work is an analysis of buildings in Mexico from a perspective of energy consumption and carbon emissions, with emphasis on electricity consumption in kWh/m2 year. With the intention of presenting a legislative proposal, we analyzed how and when there was energy use in different types of buildings. 29 energy diagnoses were performed in four climatic areas of Mexico; through monitoring, surveys, inventories and a historical analysis of billing.

The outcomes from the analysis allowed identifying areas of opportunity to increase energy efficiency use in these buildings. With the diagnose results -and a summary of other specialized studies- we identified arguments to define criteria and the baseline for regulation on the subject. We concluded with an assessment, of the impact that incorporating these criteria would have, as well as the potential for the use of renewable energy in the sector. The data is shown as indicators, which allows comparing the situation of Mexican buildings with those of other countries.

The baselines for energy consumption and lighting power density, all of which are products of this study, were incorporated into the draft for the Mexican Norm for Sustainable Buildings in which various public, private and academic institutions participated. Currently, this draft regulation is at the National Standardization for Environment and Natural Resources Technical Committee (COTEMARNAT), and is expected to be approved, submitted for registration to the Ministry of Economy and published in late 2012.

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