Obligation

  • Database of Building Codes: 24 Individual Regulations

    Database of Building Codes: 24 Individual Regulations

    Sometimes, it takes a while until good ideas are copied. This has been the case with solar/renewable building codes, which were invented in Israel more than 30 years ago. It has just been over the last ten years, however, that this political instrument reached all five continents....

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  • Uruguay: Growing at Its Own Pace

    Uruguay: Growing at Its Own Pace

    Uruguay’s government aims at reaching a renewable share of 50% in its national energy mix by 2015. In order to achieve this target, the government approved the so-called Solar Plan in March...

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  • France: Influence of New Building Standards in 2013

    France: Influence of New Building Standards in 2013

    The solar thermal industry in France looks with mixed feelings to next year. Certain system suppliers are convinced that the French building regulation RT2012 will push solar water heaters in the residential segment in 2013. In contrast, others are afraid that hot water heat pumps will...

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  • Italy: Round-table on Ways Out of Crisis

    Italy: Round-table on Ways Out of Crisis

    On 28 June, Italy’s solar thermal association, Assolterm, organised a round-table discussion under the title "How will the solar thermal market look like in 2030? Action Plan, burden sharing and incentive mechanisms". Among the attendees were representatives of ministries,...

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  • Kenya: Regulation Increases Solar Water Heater Uptake

    Kenya: Regulation Increases Solar Water Heater Uptake

    Although Kenya’s Energy (Solar Water Heating) Regulations 2010 have not yet come into force officially, they have already had an effect on the market. The draft of the regulation says that, “within a period of five years from the date of when these regulations come into force, all owners of...

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  • China: Beijing Mandates Solar Hot Water Systems

    China: Beijing Mandates Solar Hot Water Systems

    On 1 March 2012, Beijing followed many other large Chinese cities in introducing its own solar thermal mandatory law. The new regulations are stipulated in document No. 3/2012, “Beijing Urban Construction Applications Management Approach”. Article 9 describes the scope of the new...

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  • Bulgaria: Sofia Seeks ESCO model for Solar Systems on Public Buildings

    Bulgaria: Sofia Seeks ESCO model for Solar Systems on Public Buildings

    Making Sofia a “clean and green city” and “a European capital in sustainable development” is what Yordanka Fandukova (see photo) promised before being re-elected as mayor in October of 2011. As an important part of her plans, she named the installation of solar thermal energy facilities on...

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  • China: Architects and Engineers Surveyed on Solar Obligations

    China: Architects and Engineers Surveyed on Solar Obligations

    “The solar mandatory laws in provinces and cities in China constitute a very good policy. Only the implementation methods seem rather inappropriate in some cases,” Joseph Huang summarised the results of a study among architects and engineers in the Chinese solar thermal sector in...

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