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Here’s a new code that will save 125 billion units of electricity per year by 2030

It is estimated that energy demand in the building sector will rise from around 350 billion units in 2018 to approximately 1,000 billion units by the year 2030

New Delhi: Giving a further fillip to India’s energy conservation efforts, Ministry of Power has launched the ECO Niwas Samhita 2018, an Energy Conservation Building Code for Residential Buildings (ECBC-R). The code was launched on the occasion of National Energy Conservation Day 2018 in the presence of Chief Guest Sumitra Mahajan, Speaker, Lok Sabha and RK Singh, Minister of State (IC) for Power and New and Renewable Energy, on December 15. A statement released by the Ministry of Power said, “This code aims to benefit the occupants and the environment by promoting energy efficiency in design and construction of homes, apartments and townships. It has been prepared after extensive consultations with all stakeholders, consisting of architects and experts including building material suppliers and developers. The parameters listed in the Code have been developed based on a large number of parameters using climate and energy-related data.”

Implementation of this code will have the potential for energy savings to the tune of 125 billion units of electricity per year by 2030, which is equivalent to about 100 million ton of Co2 emission.

Initially, Part-I of the Code was launched which prescribed minimum standards for building envelope designs with the purpose of designing energy efficient residential buildings. It is expected to assist a large number of architects and builders who are involved in the design and construction of new residential complexes in different parts of the country. Implementation of this code will have the potential for energy savings to the tune of 125 billion units of electricity per year by 2030, which is equivalent to about 100 million ton of Co2 emission. ECBC for commercial buildings was already in place and a revised and updated version of the same for commercial buildings was launched in June 2017. It is estimated that energy demand in the building sector will rise from around 350 billion units in 2018 to approximately 1,000 billion units by the year 2030.