OECS Seeks to Implement Standardised Building Code

OECS Seeks to Implement Standardised Building Code

Consultations currently underway in Member States

The OECS Commission has embarked on a major initiative aimed at establishing a significantly improved and harmonised building code for the OECS sub-region. The building code initiative is part of iLand Resilience – The Commission’s Climate Change Adaptation and Sustainable Land Management Project funded by the European Union.

Saint Lucian Environmental Engineer, Ms. Alison King, and her team are conducting this phase of the programme which is fundamental to the adoption and implementation of the actual building code.

"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," Ms. King said.

According to Ms. King, the present phase 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 ongoing in OECS Member States. 

Contact us
Mr. Chamberlain Emmanuel Head of Environmental Cluster, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States
Ramon Peachey OECS Communications, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States
Tahira Carter OECS Communications, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States
Vincent Lewis Communications Consultant, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States
Mr. Chamberlain Emmanuel Head of Environmental Cluster, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States
Ramon Peachey OECS Communications, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States
Tahira Carter OECS Communications, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States
Vincent Lewis Communications Consultant, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States
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The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is an International Organisation dedicated to economic harmonisation and integration, protection of human and legal rights, and the encouragement of good governance among independent and non-independent countries in the Eastern Caribbean. The OECS came into being on June 18th 1981, when seven Eastern Caribbean countries signed a treaty agreeing to cooperate with each other while promoting unity and solidarity among its Members. The Treaty became known as the Treaty of Basseterre, so named in honour of the capital city of St. Kitts and Nevis where it was signed. The OECS today, currently has eleven members, spread across the Eastern Caribbean comprising Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Martinique and Guadeloupe. 

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