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Punjab to Adopt ECBC to Conserve Energy

According to reports, soon, the commercial and other major buildings in Punjab will have to adhere to the Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC), in a bid to conserve energy.

In a stakeholders’ meeting on Wednesday held jointly by Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA), Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), and Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) Chandigarh-Punjab Chapter, discussions were held on the implementation of Punjab Energy Conservation Building Code in the state.

The ECBC was conceived and drafted by the BEE for the entire nation. They have authorised state nodal agencies to review and revise it to make it more state specific.

The PEDA has given this assignment to the Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) Chandigarh-Punjab Chapter. In other parts of the country, those UTs and states, which have already implemented the ECBC include Rajasthan, Odisha, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh and Uttarakhand, while Haryana is in the process of doing so.  Director of PEDA Balour Singh said: “PEDA is implementing various provisions of the energy conservation Act- 2001 targeting all sections of economy — industrial, commercial and institutional.

For effective ECBC implementation, we are working towards creating awareness on methodologies for use of energy-efficient techniques for construction of new buildings and retrofitting of existing buildings.”

Chairman of Publication Board of Indian Institute of Architects Surinder Bahga explained it has been proposed that the ECBC of Punjab will cover most of the big commercial complexes, institutional buildings, and housing complexes in the state.

Energy Economist from BEE Sanjay Seth said: “Once the ECBC comes into effect, certain amendments would be made in the municipal bylaws to bring all the new commercial buildings under the ambit of the ECBC. The focus of the code is to have energy conservation measures in place for all commercial buildings.”Bahga gave a presentation on Energy Efficiency Improvement in commercial buildings-UNDP-GEF-BEE project.

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