The power ministry has launched the Energy Conservation Building Code for the residential sector. The move is likely to provide a fillip to energy efficiency efforts.
The new rules, called Eco Niwas Samhita 2018, aim to benefit the occupants and the environment. Energy conservation building code also holds potential for energy savings of 125 Billion Units of electricity annually by 2030. This is equivalent to 100 million ton of Co2 emission.
The ministry has prepared energy conservation building code after extensive consultations with all stakeholders, consisting of architects and experts including building material suppliers and developers. Its parameters are based on climate and energy-related data.
Initially, the ministry has launched the Part-I of the energy conservation code. It prescribes minimum standards for building envelope designs with the purpose of designing energy efficient residential buildings. The Code will assist architects and builders involved in the design and construction of new residential complexes in different parts of the country.
The Ministry launched the energy conservation building code on the occasion of National Energy Conservation Day 2018. The code for commercial buildings is already in place and the ministry had updated the version in June 2017. Energy demand in the building sector is expected to rise from around 350 billion units in 2018 to around 1,000 billion units by 2030. Therefore a code for residential sector too.
A total of 333 industrial units and establishments from across the country participated in this year’s National Awards Programme reporting total savings of 3,917 Million units worth Rs 2,000 crores. The government also gave awards to 26 industrial units from multiple sectors for their performance on the energy efficiency front.
First solar and now energy conservation building code for residential sector
Many top solar energy companies are eyeing opportunities in the residential sector in 2019. ECBC pushes those opportunities further. Both the areas are a part of sustainable use of electricity and the future lies in sustainability. Renewable energy companies also have a chance to leverage the opportunity in energy conservation areas. Since the residential is subsidized power segment in India lower tariff does not influence them to judiciously use the energy. Therefore energy conservation is a better alternative.
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