By Vinod Kumar

New Delhi, December 15, 2018. Government has launched the ECO Niwas Samhita 2018, anEnergy Conservation Building Code for Residential Buildings (ECBC-R). This codewas launched by Ministry of Power on the occasion of National EnergyConservation Day 2018 at Vigyan Bhawan in the presence of Smt. Sumitra Mahajan,Speaker, Lok Sabha and Shri R.K. Singh, Minister of State for Power. A numberof other dignitaries including representatives from industry were present onthis occassion.

 The implementation of this Code is expected to push for energy efficiency in residential sector. It aims to promote design and construction of homes including apartments and townships to give benefits of energy efficiency to the occupants. This Code has been prepared after extensive consultations with all stakeholders, consisting of architects & experts including building material suppliers and developers. The parameters listed in the Code have been developed based on large number of parameters using climate and energy related data.  Initially, Part-I of the Code, prescribing minimum standards for building envelope designs, has been launched with the purpose of designing energy efficient residential buildings.  The Code is expected to assist large number of architects and builders who are involved in design and construction of new residential complexes in different parts of the country. Implementation of this Code will have potential for energy savings to the tune of 125 Billion Units of electricity by 2030, which is equivalent to about 100 million ton of Co2 emission.

ECBC for commercial buildings was already in place and  revised and updated version of ECBC 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 1000 billion units  by year 2030.

While launching this ECBC-R, Power Minister Shri R.K.Singh stated that building sector will have highest growth in energy demand in coming 10-15 years. Government is encouraging all building professionals including architects, builders to generate awareness towards energy conservation while constructing new residential homes.

National Energy Conservation Day is celebrated every year on 14th December by Ministry of Power in association with Bureau of Energy Efficiency. In order to recognise the efforts of industry and other establishments towards promoting energy efficiency, on this Day, Ministry of Power organizes National Energy Conservation Awards event every year. On this occasion 26 industrial units from various sectors were given awards for their excellent performance in energy efficiency. Altogether 333 units and establishments across the country participated in this year’s National Awards Programme and a total saving of 3917 Million units have been reported which is worth Rs.2000 crores.

Further, in order to raise the awareness about energy efficiency and energy conservation, the Ministry of Power also organises National Painting Competition. The prize distribution for the winners of this competition is also organised on this Day.  This year, awards for winners for the National Painting Competition have been given to 19 school children. In this Painting Competition approximately 90 lakhs school children from class IV to IX participated from all the States. The final competition was held in Delhi on 12th December 2018. 

Smt. Sumitra Mahajan statedthat sustainable development and resource conservation are practised by Indiafor many thousand years. Conservation of energy and use of clean energy resourcesare the priority area for Government as well as the people of our country.

On the sidelines of NECA function, an exhibition depicting India’s journey on the path of energy efficiency and energy conservation, highlighting various initiatives and their current progress towards contribution to country’s energy security, was also organised.

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