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Hyderabad to introduce ‘Energy Conservation Building Code’ (ECBC) for new commercial buildings

According to reports, new commercial properties in the city will have to be ‘Energy Conservation Building Code’ (ECBC) compliant.

Chief secretary Minnie Mathew had recently convened a special meeting with representatives of the Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MA&UD) department, department of energy, New & Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh Limited (NREDCAP), Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), Andhra Pradesh Central Power Distribution Company Limited (APCPDCL), Town and Country Planning Office and ECBC technical expert from IIIT and took a decision to implement ECBC.

The Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI) prepared a roadmap for ECBC implementation in the state and gave a powerpoint presentation on it. “The government has constituted a high-powered ECBC steering committee headed by principal secretary of the MA&UD department to ensure that commercial properties in the city comply with the norms,” ASCI’s Centre for Energy, Environment, Urban Governance and Infrastructure Development director and convenor of the steering committee V Srinivasa Chary told STOI. Commercial properties connected to a load of 100 KW/120 KVA have to be ECBC complaint. The provisions of the code apply to building envelope (walls, roof and windows), equipment, heating, ventilating and air conditioning and lighting. ECBC has set minimum energy efficiency norms for a few components like building envelopes, lighting (indoor and outdoor), heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, solar water heating and electrical systems, he said.

When contacted, GHMC additional commissioner K Dhanunjay Reddy said that the ‘building code’ came into force in 2007 in the country. Several states like Rajasthan, Karnataka, Uttarakhand, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh were already implementing ECBC norms. “The Union government has targeted seven states namely AP, Haryana, MP, TN, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and WB for rolling out ECBC in 2012-13,” he added. Within three months, the ECBC norms would come into force, the official said.

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