Building code changes still pending

A number of amendments to Myanmar’s National Building Code are still pending approval, as the existing rules are deemed unsuitable for high-rise developments.

A group of experts has drawn up a bill of additional amendments, which was completed in July and has been submitted to the Ministry of Construction (MoC), according to U Khin Maung Tint from the Myanmar Engineering Council.

“We added new points that are not included in the existing law. The additional bill will be reviewed by the MoC and will then be presented to the government,” he said.

The Myanmar National Building Code was enacted in 2012, when high-rise buildings were few and far between, said Daw Chaw Kalya from the Myanmar Architecture Association.

“Back then, structures in Myanmar were small and suited to the building code, but now there are more ambitious high-rise projects, enhancements to the law are required,” she said. However, a number of amendments have been proposed since 2013, which are still pending approval.

The team of experts has reportedly discussed a number of amendments to the law, including in the areas of electricity, structures, piping systems and architecture.

The bill is just a first draft and a final version will be submitted after negotiations, said Daw Si Si Than, secretary of the Myanmar Engineering Council, adding that new rules on green energy technology and green construction methods are included.

The group of experts overseeing the amendments includes U Win Myint, deputy minister for construction, as well as representatives from Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw City Development Committees, and members of the Myanmar Engineering Association and Myanmar Architecture Council.

Source: Myanmar Times

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