Government to issue energy conservation norms for homes in a year


The government will issue energy conservation norms for residential buildings within a year, Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) director general Abhay Bakre said.

BEE on Monday launched energy conservation building code (ECBC) prescribing performance standards for new commercial buildings across India. The updated version of ECBC, developed by BEE, provides advancements in building technology to reduce energy consumption and promote low carbon growth, an official statement said.

Launching the code, power minister Piyush Goyal asked BEE to launch the norms for residential buildings before December this year.

ECBC 2017 sets parameters for builders, designers and architects to integrate renewable energy sources and energy efficient appliances in building design.

“ECBC 2017 is a leap forward towards strengthening India’s capabilities to combat climate change in a sustainable manner. I have recommended that all new buildings and offices in the future be Super ECBC and Net Zero Energy Buildings,” Goyal said.

In order for a commercial building to be considered ECBC-compliant, it needs to demonstrate minimum energy savings of 25%. Additional improvements in energy efficiency performance would enable the new buildings to achieve higher grades like ECBC Plus or Super ECBC status leading to further energy savings of 35% and 50%.

With adoption of ECBC 2017 for new commercial building construction throughout the country, it is estimated to achieve a 50% reduction in energy use by 2030, translating to energy savings of about 300 billion units by 2030 and peak demand reduction of over 15 GW in a year. This is equivalent to expenditure savings of Rs 35,000 crore and 250 million tonnes of carbon reduction.

State-run Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) will in the next few months raise over Rs 1,000 crore through corporate bonds to retrofit conventional appliances in government offices in Maharashtra and few railway stations with energy efficient appliances, its managing director Saurabh Kumar said.

The company will in the first tranche raise Rs 500 crore through the bonds next month. The funds will be utilised by the company to retrofit energy efficient air conditioners, fans and lights in 1,500 PWD offices in Maharashtra and about 1,000 railways stations across India.

Source: 20 June 2017. Government to issue energy conservation norms for homes in a year