New ‘Energy Conservation’ norms save 30%-50% energy in commercial buildings
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 20-Jun-2017

New Delhi, June 20: To optimise energy savings with the comfort levels for occupants, and prefers life-cycle cost effectiveness in commercial buildings, Power minister Piyush Goyal launched the Energy Conservation Building Code 2017 (ECBC 2017) yesterday. ECBC 2017 prescribes the energy performance standards for new commercial buildings to be constructed across India.

The Ministry of Power said that updated version of ECBC provides current as well as futuristic advancements in building technology to further reduce building energy consumption and promote low-carbon growth. ECBC 2017 sets parameters for builders, designers and architects to integrate renewable energy sources in building design with the inclusion of passive design strategies.

In his address, Goyal, said, I would like to dedicate today ECBC Code 2017 to all the young children of India to the future of India for whose sake, it is incumbent on all of us to efficiently utilize every bit of resource, ensure implement such progressive and forward looking programmes of Government very diligently and ensure that we will leave behind for next generation a better world then what we inherited.

In order for a building to be considered ECBC-compliant, it would need 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%, respectively.

With the 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. This will translate to energy savings of about 300 Billion Units by 2030 and peak demand reduction of over 15 GW in a year. This will be equivalent to expenditure savings of Rs 35,000 crore and 250 million tonnes of CO2 reduction.