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TERMS OF REFERENCE

Training in the CARICOM Regional Energy Efficiency Building Code (CREEBC) Compliance

 

BACKGROUND

Countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) meet at least 95% of energy needs through the use of imported fossil fuel. This dependency, particularly for commerce and manufacturing has restricted global competitiveness, escalated indebtedness and increased the potential for environmental harm. Additionally, the impact of global warming and climate change threatens to exacerbate these conditions, through increased energy demand and subsequent heightening of inefficiencies in electricity generating plants. Recognizing that the adoption rates of more effectual technologies for renewable energy and energy conservation and efficiency are low and require political will, private sector input and technical expertise, the CARICOM Energy Unit, as part of the CARICOM Energy Programme, is implementing a Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS). This C-SERMS was developed to action the CARICOM Energy Policy.   

To meet one of the objectives of the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy and to execute a directive issued by the 41st Special COTED on Energy held in Trinidad and Tobago, in April 2013, the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) commenced the development of the CARICOM Regional Energy Efficiency Building Code (CREEBC). The development of the CREEBC was supported by the Energy for Sustainable Development Project, which is a United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), administered by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) and the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Technical Assistance (REETA) – a four-year project funded by the Government of Germany and implemented through the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. The REETA Project collaborated with the CARICOM Energy Programme in the specific areas of capacity building, private sector cooperation, regional institutional support and networking of the major stakeholders.

The 2018 CARICOM Regional Energy Efficiency Building Code (CREEBC) is an adaptation of the International Energy Conservation Code, 2018 Edition, published by the International Code Council.

This CREEBC is meant to specifically meet the needs of the Caribbean and other countries in a tropical environment. It establishes minimum energy efficiency requirements inclusive of those for building envelope, cooling system, ventilation, pumping, lighting and the service water-heating systems in buildings. The technical requirements of this code are the product of both regional and international expertise.

In November 2019 CROSQ received support from the Technical Assistance Programme for Sustainable Energy in the Caribbean (TAPSEC), a four-year project funded by the German government and the European Union and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Gmbh to further the CREEBC through capacity building, policy formulation support and promotional activities.

 

CROSQ is seeking to procure a consultant to execute training in selected CARICOM Member States (Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad, Suriname, and St Kitts and Nevis) in the CREEBC.

 

OBJECTIVES

The objective of this consultancy is to provide training in CREEBC Energy Code Requirements in the form of:

  • Train the trainer activity targeted at industry practioneers. This activity will focus on CREEBC Residential and Commercial Code Essentials; and Complying with ASHRAE Standard 90.1 2016.
  • Provision of certification training on the CREEBC for Code Inspectors.

 

SCOPE OF WORK

To achieve the objectives above, the consultant is expected to conduct the following activities:

  1. Conduct a three-day training in each Member State highlighted above targeted at industry practioneers (such as architects and engineers). Length of training each day is expected to be approximately six hours. The Training will focus on the following:
    1. CREEBC Residential Code Essentials
    2. CREEBC Commercial Code Essentials
  • Complying with ASHRAE Standard 90.1: 2016
  1. Conduct a two- day regional Certification Training on the CREEBC for Code Inspectors

 

Each training activity is expected to have a total of twenty trainees. The Consultant will utilise training material and curricular already developed by CROSQ to include the CREEBC Study Companion and the CREEBC Essentials Publications.

 

DELIVERABLES AND REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

The Consultant will report to the project coordinator of CROSQ and is expected to work closely with the CROSQ Technical Officer for Standards

  • Three- day training for twenty (20) participants in nine member states in CREEBC Residential and Commercial Code Essentials and Complying with ASHRAE Standard 90.1: 2016 executed
  • Two- day regional certification training on CREEBC for 20 participants executed
  • Final report detailing training executed and inclusive of results of pre and post evaluations

 

DURATION

The level of effort is expected to be over a period of thirty (30) days over a six (6) month period expected to commence in July 2020 as follows:

  • Train the trainers training in nine member states – thirty (30) days
  • Regional Certification training – two (2) days
  • Final Report – one (1) day

 

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

This consultancy requires the services of a key expert. The appointed consultant must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • A postgraduate degree in Engineering
  • At least five (5) years experience working in the energy sector
  • Experience working in the Caribbean region
  • Experience in training specially related to the energy sector
  • Knowledge and experience of the ICC International Building Code and ASHRAE 90.1
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English.
  • Excellent technical and report-writing skills.
  • Basic understanding and speaking of the French Creole

 

Please send proposals/CVs to Ms Janice Hilaire at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. copied to Mr Fulgence St Prix at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  on or before April 14, 2020.

 


 

TERMS OF REFERENCE

Regional Model Guide and National Procedures Documents

 

BACKGROUND

This Strengthening of Quality for Sustainable Energy in the Caribbean (QSEC) Project is aimed at developing quality infrastructure services, especially in the areas of metrology, testing, inspection, certification and accreditation in the area of energy efficiency. Central to this project is the implementation of a regional pilot energy efficiency labelling program (in CARICOM and a parallel scheme in the Dominican Republic) designed to promote the use of energy-efficient household appliances and illuminants to include lighting equipment, refrigerators and air conditioners which will contribute to lower energy consumption.

The project is being implemented at the CARICOM level by participating CARICOM members (Saint Lucia, Belize, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago) as well as the Dominican Republic. The lead implementing partners of the project are the CARICOM Regional Organization for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) and the Instituto Dominicano para la Calidad (INDOCAL) from the Dominican Republic. The primary target group comprises consumers of energy in private households, in public institutions and in the private sector who benefit from a sustainable use of energy; as well as a secondary target group of retailers, importers and distributors of electrical appliances. Direct beneficiaries of the project are the National Standards Bureaus (NSBs) in participating countries.

The main components of this regional project are to operationalize the labeling programmes through the development of procedures manuals and guides at the regional and national levels; building capacity in conducting energy efficiency testing through training and procurement of equipment as well as development of a data base to serve as a repository for results of tested equipment and appliances; facilitating regional laboratories to get accreditation ready and sharing of information among regional quality infrastructure institutions and sensitization of stakeholders.

From this perspective a draft template for a Model Guide has been developed for CARICOM to guide the procedures at the national and regional levels. It was designed to:

  1. Ensure standard procedures relevant to the energy efficiency labeling scheme are customized at the national level in participating countries to guide the national compliance programmes. Each national programme will be documented and organized into a National Procedures Manual.
  2. Ensure harmonization at the regional level by providing a general format for the Regional Model Guide. It is expected that national procedures will feed into the regional processes.

 

OBJECTIVES

The overall objective of this consultancy is to facilitate the seamless execution of compliance programmes in the testing and piloting countries. The compliance programme should consider all activities in the process from port of entry to retail display. This programme will ensure that energy efficient refrigerators, lighting equipment and air conditioners are imported for retail trade in compliance with the recently developed and approved CARICOM energy efficiency standards for these appliances.

The purpose of this consultancy is for the development and documentation of standardised and formal procedures and practices, in the form of four (4) National Procedures Manuals and a Regional Model Guide, to guide the compliance programme/s associated with the pilot regional harmonised labelling scheme both at the regional level.

 

SCOPE OF WORK

To achieve the objectives above, the consultant is expected to conduct the following activities:

  • Identify and meet with the various agencies involved in the execution of a compliance scheme for household appliances with the objective to determine clear roles and responsibilities for each agency. Procedures should be developed based on the understood role of the agency.
  • Develop (based on the existing model guide) national procedures manual to guide the national compliance programmes for the testing and piloting countries participating in the regional harmonised pilot labelling scheme to include the agencies identified above.
  • Further develop and refine the Regional Model Guide ensuring for CARICOM that relevant national processes feed into the Regional Guide.
  • Communicate with the Consultant/s who will be conducting a similar exercise on behalf of the Dominican Republic to explore synergies and to exchange lessons learnt and best practices

 

DELIVERABLES AND REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

The Consultant will report to the project management team of the QSEC Project.

Specifically, the consultant will be required to work closely with the appointed National Focal Point in the preparation of:

  1. Inception Report
  2. National procedures manual for each of 4 (four) member states in CARICOM
  3. Regional Model Guide.

DURATION

The consultancy is expected to last for a maximum of 25 days over a period of three (3) month, as remote consultancy (review and commenting of drafted documents) and also on-site consultancy through visits to selected CARICOM countries as considered necessary and appropriate.

 

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

This consultancy requires the services of a key expert. The appointed consultant must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • A postgraduate degree in the field of energy (special focus on energy efficiency)
  • At least five (5) years’ experience conducting studies related to the energy sector and / or other relevant exercises related to the impact of policy and regulations in the energy sector
  • Experience working in the Caribbean region will be an asset
  • Knowledge and experience working with Energy Efficiency Labelling Programmes
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English
  • Excellent technical and report-writing skills.

 

Please send proposals/CVs to Mr Jaime Fernandez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. copied to Ms Janice Hilaire at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and to Mrs Anett Matbadal at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., complying with the following deadlines:

  • Deadline for sending questions for clarification regarding the Terms of Reference: March 15, 2020
  • Deadline for submission of CV’s and of a technical and a financial proposal: April 14, 2020

 


 

TERMS OF REFERENCE

Impact Study

 

BACKGROUND

This Strengthening of Quality for Sustainable Energy in the Caribbean (QSEC) Project is aimed at developing quality infrastructure services, especially in the areas of metrology, testing, inspection, certification and accreditation in the area of energy efficiency. Central to this project is the implementation of a regional pilot energy efficiency labelling program designed to promote the use of energy-efficient household appliances and illuminants to include lighting equipment, refrigerators and air conditioners which will contribute to lower energy consumption.

The project is being implemented at the CARICOM level by participating CARICOM members (Saint Lucia, Belize, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago) as well as the Dominican Republic. The lead implementing partners of the project are the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) and the Instituto Dominicano para la Calidad (INDOCAL) from the Dominican Republic. The primary target group comprises consumers of energy in private households, in public institutions and in the private sector who benefit from a sustainable use of energy; as well as a secondary target group of retailers, importers and distributors of electrical appliances. Direct beneficiaries of the project are the National Standards Bureaus (NSBs) in the participating countries.

The main components of this regional project are to operationalize the labeling programmes through the development of procedures manuals and guides at the regional and national levels; building capacity in conducting energy efficiency testing through training and procurement of testing equipment, as well as development of a database to serve as a repository for results of tested equipment and appliances; facilitating regional laboratories to get accreditation-ready; and sharing of information among regional quality infrastructure institutions and sensitization of stakeholders.

 

OBJECTIVES

The overall objective of this consultancy is to conduct an impact study to determine the expected effect of the introduction and implementation of an energy efficiency labelling scheme in the region. This study must inform primarily on the manner in which key sectors and stakeholders, such as retailers, will be affected, the anticipated energy savings and changes in greenhouse gas emissions in the piloting and testing member states of Saint Lucia, Belize, Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica. Additionally this exercise will serve to develop the framework for further similar exercises to measure impact of the Pilot Energy Efficiency Labelling Scheme in the future.

This exercise will be focus on:

  • The establishment and determination of baselines to facilitate accurate and reliable assessment of changes affected by the Scheme in the future
  • The development of the framework to determine and make predictions (where possible) of potential impact of measures which will be introduced and implemented by the Scheme

 

SCOPE OF WORK

To achieve the objectives above, the consultant is expected to conduct the following activities:

  1. Assess existing market data collected in CARICOM countries (during previous exercises) to make a determination on the adequacy, usefulness and validity of such data being used in the baseline activity
  2. Make a determination of the extent of market research which needs to be done for baseline data as or where required
  3. Conduct market research for collection of baseline data in participating countries (if needed)
  4. Develop baseline study
  5. Make recommendations on the way forward in terms of approach for the development of a framework for the region on the predictions in the areas highlighted below
  6. Conduct ex-ante impact analysis (based on recommendations and agreement of contractor) and influenced by (5) above to cover the medium to long term to predict potential impact of the Scheme in CARICOM which should include (but not limited to) the following:
  • Impact on economic operators, such as retailers and importers, and other affected sectors
  • Greenhouse gas emissions
  • Energy savings
  • Consumers cost savings and
  • Consumer purchasing decisions.

 

DELIVERABLES AND REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

The Consultant will report to the project management team of the QSEC Project and will liaise directly with the CROSQ Project Coordinator.

The consultant is required to:

  1. Prepare an inception report detailing findings on existing data and its applicability and or relevance to the process. The report should also include recommendations for data needed, if short-comings in existing data are identified. Anticipated challenges (and possible solutions) in data collection should be highlighted.
  2. Prepare a baseline study showing the current situation in piloting and testing countries.
  3. Prepare an ex-ante impact analysis as detailed in (6) of Scope of Work above.

 

DURATION

The consultancy is expected to last for a maximum of 35 days over a six (6) month period. It includes visits to selected CARICOM countries as considered necessary and appropriate.

 

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

This consultancy requires the services of a key expert. The appointed consultant must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • A postgraduate degree in the field of energy (special focus on energy efficiency)
  • At least five (5) years of experience conducting studies related to the energy sector and / or other exercises related to the impact of policy and regulations in the energy sector
  • Experience working in the Caribbean region is an asset
  • Knowledge and experience working with Energy Efficiency Labelling Programmes
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English
  • Excellent technical and report-writing skills.

 

Please send proposals/CVs to Mr Jaime Fernandez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. copied to Ms Janice Hilaire at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and to Mrs Anett Matbadal at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Deadline for sending questions for clarification regarding the Terms of Reference: March 15, 2020
  • Deadline for submission of CV’s and of a technical and a financial proposal: April 14, 2020

 

 

TERMS OF REFERENCE

Development of Regional Database

 

BACKGROUND

This Strengthening of Quality for Sustainable Energy in the Caribbean (QSEC) Project is aimed at developing quality infrastructure services, especially in the areas of metrology, testing, inspection, certification and accreditation in the area of energy efficiency. Central to this project is the implementation of a regional pilot energy efficiency labelling program designed to promote the use of energy-efficient household appliances and illuminants to include lighting equipment, refrigerators and air conditioners which will contribute to lower energy consumption.

The project is being implemented at the CARICOM level by participating CARICOM members (Saint Lucia, Belize, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago) as well as the Dominican Republic. The lead implementing partners of the project are the CARICOM Regional Organization for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) and the Instituto Dominicano para la Calidad (INDOCAL) from the Dominican Republic. The primary target group comprises consumers of energy in private households, in the public and private sector who benefit from a sustainable use of energy; as well as a secondary target group of retailers, importers and distributors of electrical appliances. Direct beneficiaries of the project are the National Standards Bureaus (NSBs) in participating countries.

The main components of this regional project are to operationalize the pilot labelling program through the development of procedures manuals and guides at the regional and national levels; and to establish compliance regimes in participating countries. Effective compliance at the member states level will be supported by testing laboratories or regional Centres of Excellence (CoE) in Jamaica (at BSJ for refrigerators and air conditioners) and Trinidad and Tobago (at TTBS for lighting). These CoE will perform the necessary tests for CARICOM and the Dominican Republic. Therefore, it is critical to build capacity in these facilities to conduct energy efficiency testing. This will be done through training, procurement of equipment as well as development of a database to serve as a repository for results of tested equipment and appliances; facilitating regional laboratories to get accreditation ready; as well as sharing of information among regional quality infrastructure institutions and participating agencies in the energy efficiency compliance programmes at the national levels.

The development and commissioning of a database for sharing test results is a key element in the implementation of the regional energy efficiency labelling program. It enables the necessary regional information exchange and transparency in the region. In addition to this, it will support the concept of cost-sharing through reduction in logistical challenges derived from shipping appliances from member states to Centres of Excellence for testing as all countries without testing capacities must also be provided access to the information on such appliances that are registered on the CARICOM market along with the respective test results. This database is relevant to a multitude of stakeholders involved in the EE labelling program, such as regulating agencies, market surveillance bodies, the National Standards Bodies, customs, importers, retailers, manufacturers and consumers. It will present the respective testing results and also inform all interested parties on products that are registered on the regional market. Access for the various stakeholders to information stored in the database will be controlled on a need-to-know basis.

 

OBJECTIVES

The overall objective of this consultancy is to design and to develop a database for storing and making available relevant information on electrical appliances (refrigerators, air conditioners and lighting) which have been tested. The database is intended to serve as effective and efficient information system for stakeholders in the CARICOM involved in the energy efficiency labelling program and the Dominican Republic.

 

SCOPE OF WORK

To achieve the objectives above, the consultant is expected to conduct the following activities:

  • Interview key stakeholders to include, but not limited to, the CROSQ Technical Officer for Accreditation and Conformity Assessment, laboratory technicians in Bureau of Standards Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards, Customs and excise agencies to determine the parameters which must be included in the database
  • Examine the various databases and relevant tools which currently exist within the CROSQ network to determine the possibility of building on existing platforms or the development of a new database
  • Make recommendations, through an inception report, on findings detailing the way forward and the steps which must be taken to achieve the stated objectives above.
  • Develop a new database or enhance an existing one utilising those recommendations which have been agreed and approved by the Project Management Team
  • Commission the database, inclusive of a debugging and test run phase, with selected users and experts with the intention of adjusting the database after test run, if necessary
  • Train users and technical experts (preferably online)
  • Prepare final documentation of database (description of concept and contents, users & user access, guidelines for use, administration and maintenance, etc.)
  • Prepare final report
  • Apply modifications to the database, if the need for such modifications arises after a 6 month period of active use of the database

 

DELIVERABLES

The Consultant will undertake at least the following activities and produce the indicated results within the given timelines:

  1. Inception Report detailing steps undertaken to arrive at findings and also recommendations reflecting the proposed approach, planned activities, timelines, and the proposed database design
  2. Commission database inclusive of a short report on the results of the test run
  3. Training Report
  4. Final Report
  5. Maintenance Report (to be decided)

 

REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

The Consultant will report to the project management team of the QSEC Project. The consultant is also expected to work closely with focal points of the laboratories and with the CROSQ Technical Officer for Accreditation and Conformity Assessment.

The required reports are:

  • Inception Report
  • Short Report on the results of the test run
  • Training Report
  • Final Report

 

DURATION

The consultancy is expected to last a period not exceeding sixteen (16) months.

 

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

This consultancy requires the services of a key expert. The appointed consultant must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • At least a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology, Computer Science or Computer Engineering
  • At least five (5) years’ experience in the IT field, at least three (3) years in database development
  • Experience working in the Caribbean region
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English.
  • Excellent technical and report-writing skills.

 

Please send proposals/CVs to Mr Jaime Fernandez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. copied to Ms Janice Hilaire at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and to Mrs Anett Matbadal at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Deadline for sending questions for clarification regarding the Terms of Reference: March 22, 2020
  • Deadline for submission of CV’s and of a technical and a financial proposal: April 28, 2020

 

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