The state of Rio de Janeiro is the front runner in terms of solar building codes on a state level. In January 2008, its state government approved a law that makes the installation of solar water heating systems mandatory for public buildings.
|State||Rio de Janeiro|
|Name||Lei N° 5184 from 2 January 2008|
|Goal||Solar thermal systems are mandatory for new and refurbished public buildings in Rio de Janeiro. Solar energy must cover 40 % of the annual hot water demand.|
|Date when law passed||Published on 2 January 2008|
|Date when law came into effect||January 2008|
|Target group||Public buildings|
|Special requirements||The materials and equipment used in implementing the system have to comply to the Brazilian norm NBR, and the Brazilian Technical Standards Association (Portuguese: ABNT).|
A technical body will then test its efficiency, so that the system can be accredited by the National Institute of Metrology, Standardization and Quality Industrial (INMETRO).
|Exceptions||Public buildings, in which it is technically impossible to install a solar thermal system, are exempt from this regulation.|
|Last review||March 2009|
|Further information||Cidades Solares:http://www.cidadessolares.org.br Governo do Rio de Janeiro:|
|State government of Rio de JaneiroSecretaria de Estado de Obras – SEOBRAS” (state bureau of constructions)|
Mr. Sérgio Poubel de CamposCabinet Chief, Centro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil Email: email@example.com