OECS Member States – The OECS Commission has implemented a major initiative aimed at establishing a significantly improved and harmonized Building Code for the OECS sub-region.
Saint Lucia environmental Engineer, Alison King and her team are conducting this phase of the programme. “The purpose of the my current assignment is to provide technical assistance towards the implementation of the Building Code to facilitate the safe and economical design and construction of buildings’, noted King.
According to her this phase is fundamental to the adoption and implementation of the actual Building code and includes:
- Reviewing existing (Regional, International) development control systems and their administrative provisions and practices for implementing national building codes,
- Assessing their adequacy for implementing national building codes within Member State of the OECS,
- Presenting an in-depth analysis of at least three realistic administrative options, along with their associated cost implications,
- Making “best practice” recommendations for each participating OECS Member State for implementing the revised OECS building Codes based on national circumstances,
- Revising and adapting the administrative provisions of the Building Code (Section 1 – Administration of the Code) for each Member state based on a preferred “best practice”,
- Proposing relevant amendments to national regulations to facilitate implementation of the preferred “best practice”,
- Developing an action plan and associated cost to facilitate implementation,
- Designing a public awareness and communication strategy to support implementation.
The consultations are currently underway in the island states. Building Code initiative is part of ILAND Resilience – The OECS Commission’s Climate Change Adaptation and Sustainable Land Management Project funded by the EU.