The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), kick starting cooperation in building energy efficiency. According to the MoU, BEE and CPWD will cooperate on promoting designs and construction of Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) compliant new buildings, star rating of CPWD managed buildings across the country with no registration or renewal fee, awareness on energy efficiency in building sector and support for capacity building of CPWD officials in ECBC.
The MoU will remain in force for five years unless rescinded by either party. This association of BEE, a statutory body under Ministry of Power which is mandated to implement policy and programmes in energy efficiency and conservation with CPWD, a premier construction agency of Govt. of India would establish new benchmarks for energy efficient buildings in the country and will support Government of India’s vision for achieving energy security, economic growth and environmental sustainability.
It may be recalled here that, ECO Niwas Samhita 2018, an Energy Conservation Building Code for residential buildings, to push for energy efficiency in residential sector was launched on December 14, 2018. The code aims for promoting design and construction of homes including apartments and townships to give benefits of energy efficiency to the occupants. During 2017, the Govt. of India had launched the updated version of ECBC-2017 for commercial buildings.
The following areas of cooperation have been identified by CPWD and BEE:
- Star rating of Commercial CPWD managed buildings with no registration or renewal fee
- Awareness on of Energy Efficiency in commercial buildings.
- Support for ECBC (Commercial & Residential and capacity building of CPWD officials
- Construction of ECBC compliant new buildings.
- Any other area with mutual consent in the area of building energy efficiency.
In the first stage approximately 150 buildings will be taken under star rating scheme and to promote energy efficiency in CPWD managed buildings. It is anticipated that this initiative will result in energy saving of more than 260 million units in the first stage with operational savings of about Rs 100 crore.