According to reports, Chhattisgarh Electricity Regulatory Commission’s office building in city has been acknowledged as nation’s 1st Net Energy Plus building. The building, which is also the office of Chhattisgarh Renewable Energy Development Agency (CREDA), was constructed using solar passive technology and has been selected for net plus energy building award given by India Tech Foundation-Mumbai.
The award recognises the works done to conserve and minimise energy used in a building. The panel of jury in the competition was headed by former justice BN Krishna, who selected entries from Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, New Delhi, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu for the award.
Sanjeev Jain, chief engineer, CREDA, said that the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Ministry of Power (BEEMP), New Delhi, has fixed norms for consumption of energy in any building.
The three-storeyed building was constructed in area of 2,400 sqmt and the net environmental performance index (EPI) value of the building is less than 50 kwhr/sqmt per year, which is about one-third of the value recommended by BEE.
Officials of CREDA informed that building has been fitted with 80 kilo watt solar power plant and last year it had produced 86,308 units of electricity. CREDA is the only State nodal agency in India which takes up comprehensive architectural consultancy works to push the concept of energy efficiency. Besides CREDA is now providing services for Sainik School, Ambikapur and Collectorate, Bilaspur.