India : Energy Conservation Building Code to be adopted in Hyderabad


Hyderabad, the capital of southern India’s Telangana state, plans to adopt the Energy Conservation Building Code  (ECBE) by assessing 25 model buildings that are of both government and commercial structures.

Launched by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) of the Union Ministry of Power, the Energy Conservation Building Code aims to address the importance of energy conservation. Office space, in particular, has jumped 10 times higher in demand in the last eight years, from 1.95 million sq ft in 2005 to 20 million sq ft in 2013.

The Energy Conservation Building Code has made it mandatory for multiplexes, hospitals, hotels and convention centres to comply with the codes. According to Bonthu Rammohan, the Mayor of Hyderabad, the code will be implemented to 100 sq mt of building construction with over 2,000 sq mt of built-up area.

Knowledge partners Administrative Staff College in India and the Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC) will be engaged  in developing the code and guide the BEE through its adoption. Launched in 2014, the ECBC has been implemented by Telangana and Andhra Pradesh in the commercial building segment.

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