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Pune Municipal Corporation to make energy efficiency rules must in new constructions

According to reports, soon, all new constructions in the city will have to pass a test in energy efficiency and will have to provide an ‘energy efficiency certificate’ before seeking completion certificate from the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).

“The intention is to see that the energy is conserved in the newly-constructed buildings. If measures are taken right at the construction level, it would help meet the goal. The PMC, with other government agencies, have decided to chalk out standards of energy efficacy and make it mandatory,” said Shriniwas Kandul, civic head of the electricity department, while speaking to TOI.

Kandul said agencies like the Maharashtra Energy Development Agency (MEDA) and the Bureau Energy of Efficiency (BEE) will assist the PMC in this plan and provide energy efficiency certificate. The first meeting to discuss the details about the certification was conducted last week and the civic administration has given in principle approval for certification.

The main objective of state created the MEDA in line with the Central government policy, the renewable energy namely Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) in early eighties.

MEDA is to undertake development of renewable energy and facilitate energy conservation in the state. The Union government had set up BEE on March 1, 2002, under the provisions of the Energy Conservation Act, 2001. Its aim is to develop policies and standards for reducing energy intensity in the country.

“Steps to develop mechanism to check energy efficiency will be jointly taken. The BEE has set standards for giving energy efficacy certification to buildings. Same standards will be used in the city. We will make some changes in the standardisation process if required,” said Kandul.

He said the architect will have to obtain the energy efficiency certificate from the energy auditor. The government agencies will appoint a third party auditor. The auditor will make the assessment of the constructions according to the energy standards and will give the certification. This architect will have to provide this certificate along with other documents while applying for compulsion certificate.

Some of the parameters included in the certification process are the use CFL lights, energy saving equipments, usage of air conditioners, use of alternate energy sources, usage of glass windows and other such aspects. Even the usage of energy efficient building material will be considered while allotting the certificate.

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