Indeed, whatever the facts given, it would not be able to stop the development plans. However, at least, let us offer the following two options;
First, please proceed without revising the building design. However, the consequence is the DPR should pay with energy savings. It must be the most energy efficient building (EEB) through the program of energy efficiency (EE). If DPR can prove 150 kWh/m2/year (categorized as quite efficient), it was considered as a great achievement. Of course, all members must concern for energy savings, which must be created through the tighly energy conservation program. Just examples of simple and easy ways to do: use certified energy efficient equipments, optimize the working hours in order the building energy consumption more efficient. Delay is a waste of energy!
Second, if DPR can still be patient and not afraid of cancellation due to the risk of political changes in the future, then it would be better if the design of the building was converted to the concept of low energy office (LEO). If possible, apply the concept of zero energy building (ZEB). Roof and walls can be utilized to produce the electricity from renewable energy (RE) sources, using solar cells or wind. If hot water also required, it can be generated by solar collector. Anyway, no swelling costs, but actually decreased.
Neither the first or second option is chosen, there are 3 important conditions that must be done by DPR to prove seriousness and concern for energy conservation. First, the building must participate in the nomination of the most EEB. The target is to become a winner, not just participating. Second, the ECI must be one of parameter to evaluate the performance of DPR and it must be reported regularly. Third, all information about the program and the results of energy performance, must be accessible online by public. The aim is emulated by others. If extended to domestic, busines and industry customers, of course the effect will be more powerful. It will help the EE and ET program initiated by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR).
Then, what else can be donated from the new building? Suppose, if each room can save a million a month from energy savings, it has collected 560 million. It could be used to build 2 SD Inpres a month. Later, the building could also become a symbol in promoting EE and RE in Indonesia. This not only shows that Indonesia is really serious in dealing with climate change and energy security, but also create jobs in the construction sector and renewable energy industries.
Although the actual building energy conservation program in Indonesia has been started since 1985, it could be a sign of the seriousness of Indonesia in the energy saving program. At least, the working visit last year to the European parliament which used to work in an EEB, can imprint into the new building plan. Just a comparison, Malaysia had just started seriously in early 2000, but already has some EEB’s. What about Indonesia? Anyway, do not expect to be able to compete with Malaysia, if as the representatives of the people cannot be role model.
As a last hope to DPR, if ever it could no longer be stopped the construction, try honestly asking yourself, “Is there still a desire to contribute something towards energy saving awareness through your new building? “If not, forget it! Let the government and PLN to work more focused with the current available resources for people to improve their welfare. Please, do not steal their future, but think how to provide a bright future for them!