New Energy Conservation Guidelines Issued for Hotels and Condos
A new Ministerial Regulation has been issued by the Thai Ministry of Energy which will take come into law in June of this year. Amongst those affected include new hotel and condo projects who apply post June which cover new or renovated buildings with a total GFA (gross floor area of 2000 square meters. Standard are being set out to cover electrical power for lighting, air conditioning and water heating, thermal transfer and overall energy consumption.
Exemptions for renewable energy are being provided along with deductions on consumption. The legal firm of Meyer Brown in Bangkok has issued a circular on this and the Ministry of Energy is providing implementing guidelines. Currently the implementation is under consideration if this will fall into the construction permit process and co-exist with the Building Control Act which covers statutory construction permits.