States slow to green building norms

States slow to green building norms

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Though the first Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) was released in May 2007, only States, UTs have notified the Energy Conservation Building Code till now. Those States that have adopted the earlier version are revising their notifications to comply with the new norms, that is, ECBC 2017.

Initial reluctance to adopt the ECBC was mainly due to the reason that it required another level of compliance to be adhered to while giving approvals for constructing commercial buildings. In order to get over this problem, a software to assess compliance will be offered to the State governments to automate and speed up the process.

The new code prescribes the energy performance standards for new commercial buildings to be constructed across India. Under the code, provisions for inclusion of renewable energy, stringent requirements for air-conditioning systems, and a wider scope in comfort systems and controls among others were introduced.