Energy Conservation Building Code to be introduced in Himachal, can save up to 40% energy
Shimla – Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), a statutory body under Union Ministry of Power, is introducing the Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) across the state of Himachal Pradesh to set minimum energy standards for new & existing commercial buildings with a connected load of 50kW or more and conditioned area more than 500m2.
The ECBC sets minimum energy performance standard for five main components of the building design -building envelope, HVAC, lighting, electrical systems and service water heating systems.
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in coordination with BEE, is assisting Government of Himachal Pradesh in effective implementation of ECBC code in the state.
An ECBC cell comprising of Engineer, Architect, and Planner has been set up in this regard at the State Designated agency for Energy Conservation, Directorate of Energy Shimla.
Under this program, an awareness workshop was organized in Hotel Holiday Home Shimla on July 25, 2017 by Global Evolutionary Energy Design, a consultancy firm from New Delhi functioning as ECBC cell in Shimla, in association with Directorate of Energy, GoHP. Tarun Shridhar, Additional Chief Secretary MPP & Power was the chief guest.
The motive was to spread awareness amongst the relevant stakeholders from concerned government departments and private sector. The event also featured launching of HP ECBC App, as well as a technical session by ECBC Master Trainers Abdullah Nisar Siddiqui and Zia-ur-Rehman.
They highlighted the salient features of ECBC. Saif Uddin from ECBC cell gave the presentation about current ECBC cell accomplishments including identification of 5 showcase projects to demonstrate ECBC compliance.
The event was attended by, Smt. Purnima Chauhan (Secretary Administrative Reforms), Dr. Ajay Sharma (Director Energy), Dr. SN Srinivas (Program Analyst UNDP) and other senior officers from Ministries, state governments, technical bodies, public utilities, multilateral agencies, academicians and industry experts and consultants from across the building, infrastructure, real estate, energy and construction sectors.
Stressing on the importance of this subject, Chief Guest,Tarun Shridhar said:
awareness is an important aspect of Energy Conservation and we must practically adopt the energy efficiency measures in buildings.
The ECBC cell will ensure the co-ordination among all relevant state departments (SDA, UDD and PWD) for the integration of ECBC provisions within the commercial buildings to make them energy efficient.
It will also undertake training programs for capacity building of TCP, HPPWD and other government agencies as well as private sector stakeholders to enable them to implement the Codes and monitor energy efficiency activities to achieve a saving of 40 to 50 per cent of energy in commercial building sector in Shimla.