RCREEE Raises Technology Use in Designing High Performance Buildings in Tunisia

The Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) organized a training course on eQUEST-TUN in Tunisia from 24 to 28 November 2014.  The course covered knowledge and skills needed to use eQUEST-TUN as a modeling tool to design high performance buildings. It also covered using the software as a compliance tool for the Tunisian Building Energy Efficiency Codes (BEEC), which covers a wide range of building types.  

The course is considered as a training of trainers (ToT) program that aims to create a Tunisian core of expertise and knowledge. eQUEST-TUN targets the implementation and the integration of the Tunisian Building Energy Efficiency Code (BEEC) into a computer simulation software tool designed for buildings energy analysis.

Under a Memorandum of Understanding signed with the League of Arab States in February 2013, RCREEE plans to extend the developed eQUEST compliance tool, currently specific to the Tunisian code, to be used in other building energy efficiency codes within the Arab region.

Training manual and recorded video trainings will be available in several languages. This will allow course knowledge transfer from Tunisia to other RCREEE Member States interested in implementing eQUEST for their energy efficiency building codes.

Green buildings have significant environmental, economic and social impacts .They reduce energy consumption and harmful gas emissions, however, countries in MENA region face shortages in terms of knowledge and skills related to sustainable buildings and urban development and using dedicated software for EE in building.

About eQUEST:

eQUEST is a software tool that helps architects, engineers, and auditors to model, design, and assess compliance of buildings to energy efficiency codes. It allows building designers and auditors to carry out modeling and compliance analysis for different types of buildings. It also analyzes buildings energy performance level. RCREEE and the League of Arab States agreed on diffusing eQUEST and provide the necessary technical assistance in all Arab countries expressing an interest to use it.