New Delhi: The Indian government on Sunday launched the Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) for the construction sector with an aim to increase the energy efficiency of new buildings.
The new guidelines are voluntary and would be made mandatory after some time, power minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said after releasing the code. He added that the guidelines would be made mandatory only after increasing awareness among the masses and also creating the required capacity addition.
Shinde, however, did not spell out any time frame for the code to become mandatory, saying before that, the Centre needs to have a dialogue with the states. “We are already moving forward in that direction,” Shinde said.
The government has launched ECBC in pursuance with the Energy Conservation Act of 2001, which empowers the Centre to prescribe ECBC for commercial buildings and building complexes.
On asked whether private builders would comply with the voluntary norms, Shinde said the task has been entrusted with the ministry of urban development.
The code prescribes minimum energy performance standards for commercial buildings and is expected to yield annual savings of 1.7 billion units of power in the first year of implementation, according to the data given by the ministry.
With the implementation of the norms, the government expects to reduce the energy use for new buildings by 25-40%, which, in turn, can save the nation as much as Rs80,000 crore, the minister said.