SURE, is a project implemented by Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) and UNDP and funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) aiming to establish a systematic approach for Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) to implement benchmarked, standardized tools and methodologies for measuring and reporting climate resilient, resource efficient, and urban-developed city.
The project’s primary objective is to assist the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) in improving the quality of life for its citizens and comply with the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP) via support for more sustainable resource-efficient urban planning and targeted low-carbon interventions in the municipal buildings and street lighting sub-sectors.
The UNDP-GEF project is designed to create a sustainable urbanization model through promoting low-carbon buildings in Greater Amman Municipality, and eventually in other municipalities and cities in Jordan, through the enforcement of building energy codes, thermal insulation code for new buildings, and retrofit guidelines for existing buildings. The project is currently working to directly support the implementation of the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP 2016) and the National Green Growth Plan (NGGP 2016). To achieve this, the project is currently working to focus on the following anticipated outcomes: i)Putting in place planning and monitoring frameworks to foster accelerated low-carbon development in GAM and benchmark progress against established international standards; ii) Strengthening the enabling conditions, methodologies and tools in GAM for enforcing regulatory frameworks for EE buildings and street lighting; iii) An integrated climate monitoring and finance framework is established for the development of urban Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs), and appropriate financial de-risking tools are identified and supported to promote adoption of EE measures in buildings attached to MRV systems; and iv) Selected proof-of-concept mitigation interventions to operationalize the outputs under the previous outcomes.
Under Component Two, SURE will work with the relevant stakeholders (i.e., Jordan National Building Council (JNBC)), in fostering the development of an energy rating and label for buildings for issuing Energy Performance Certificates. In response to growing concerns for GHG emissions and resources depletion along with their impacts on climate change, buildings use energy, water, and raw materials, generate waste, and emit potentially harmful atmospheric emissions during their construction, occupancy, renovation, repurposing, and demolition. Hence, Energy Performance Certificates for buildings can help scale-up and enforce the implementation of energy efficiency measures through its push toward the sustainable design of buildings that will significantly reduce its extensive direct and indirect impacts on the environment.
Globally, these facts have prompted the creation of green building standards, certifications, and rating systems aimed at mitigating the impact of buildings on the natural environment through sustainable design. As there is now a proliferation of standards, rating, and certification programs in the marketplace to help guide, demonstrate, and document efforts to deliver sustainable, high-performance buildings, it can be challenging and time consuming to determine which standards, certifications, and rating programs are most credible and applicable to a particular project. Therefore, UNDP through the SURE project will develop a unified and consolidated energy rating system based on Jordan Green Building Guideline, Jordan Energy Building Code including commonly used terms and an overview of the most widely recognized green building product standards and international building rating and certification programs currently in use worldwide with an emphasis on how they vary and some of the issues to consider when selecting them.
The consultancy firm will develop a Mini-Checklist, which is a simplified rating tool customized for both existing and new buildings in Jordan based on Jordan Green Building Guideline, Jordan Energy Building Code including the international building rating and certification programs currently in use worldwide. The task force will support the project in ensuring the mini-checklist reflects best practices and world-leading outcomes in the built environment in addition to raising the rating system recommendations to the concerned ministry or entity so that the proposed energy rating and label would be endorsed. The consultancy firm will then work on the development of the recommended tools and guidelines by following the guidance of the task force.
The aim of developing the Mini-Checklist is to provide a voluntary market-driven simplified checklist that addresses the need of the residential apartment potential buyers for a more efficient building to live in and has a positive effect on the environment. Afterward, this solution-based system compliant with the existing local building codes and regulations will provide a good incentive structure that would allow individual consumers and housing developers to become more aware of efficiency targets as the current Jordan Green Building Guideline grant.
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