Andhra Pradesh government recently issued orders making the Andhra Pradesh Energy Conservation Building Code (APECBC) mandatory to get building approvals for commercial and non-residential buildings with a plot area of 1,000 square meters or built up area of 2,000 square meters. The municipal administration and urban development (MAUD) department issued GO 180 amending the AP Building Rules 2017, making compliance to APECBC mandatory for commercial buildings. Andhra Pradesh has become the third state in the country to make ECBC compliance mandatory.
It may be noted that the Ministry of Power at the Centre had launched ECBC-2017 guidelines in 2017 which prescribed the energy performance standards for new commercial buildings to be constructed in India. It had prescribed standards for current as well as future advancements in building technology to further reduce building energy consumption and promote low-carbon growth by setting parameters for builders, designers, and architects to integrate renewable energy sources in building design with the inclusion of passive design strategies. In 2018, the Ministry had launched ECO Niwas Samhita 2018, which is the Energy Conservation Building Code for residential buildings (ECBC-R).
As per the latest MAUD Rules, compliance with ECBC will be integrated in Development Permission Management System (DPMS) for building approvals, which effectively means that building approvals will only be given if designs are in compliance with the code. Hotels, multiplexes, hospitals and convention centres must adhere to ECBC irrespective of their built-up area.
34 empanelled Third Party Assessors (TPAs) across Andhra Pradesh will check compliance with ECBC at the design and occupancy stages in upcoming commercial buildings. The Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI) along with AP Energy Conservation Mission (APSECM) recently conducted a webinar for officials of urban local bodies to explain the process of implementation of ECBC.
Energy demand in commercial buildings in Andhra presently stands at 3,117 million units and with the effective implementation of ECBC, this demand is likely to be reduced by about 30%.