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Brazil

Policy Description:

As the largest country and economy in Latin America, Brazil is emerging as a leader in energy efficiency in the building sector. The country’s massive, quasi-governmental utility company, Elecrobras, created an energy benchmarking tool a decade ago.

Procel Edifica was established in 2003 to promote responsible energy use, using energy modeling to compare the efficiency of commercial and residential buildings. A labeling program for public buildings (Procel EPP) has recently been added to the repertoire.

The program rates energy performance through a simulation of that performance (an asset rating). It evaluates the envelope, lighting, and HVAC system of a new or existing building, and rates it on a 5-point scale from A to E. This practice is currently voluntary, but nationally available in Brazil.

National Energy Efficiency Plan [in Portuguese] has projected that efficiency labeling of buildings with Procel Edifica will be mandatory in 10-20 years. Still, Brazil’s booming real estate sector is able to take advantage of a sophisticated rating system right now.

Enacted Date:
2007
Authority in Charge:
Electrobas (quasi-governmental utility company)
Tool Name:
Procel Edifica
Building Types Affected Size Compliance Deadline
Single-Family, Multi-Family, Non-Residential, Public/Government ALL
Exemptions:
This is a voluntary regulation for energy labeling.
Transparency:
Required Transparency:
No
Reporting:
Required Reporting:
No

Utility Requirements/Support:

Utility Requirements/Support:
No

Verification:

Verification:
No

Compliance:

Compliance Enforcement:
Yes