BEE, CPWD to promote energy efficiency in buildings

The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for co-operation in building energy efficiency.

ECO Niwas Samhita 2018 an Energy Conservation Building Code for residential buildings, to push for energy efficiency in the residential sector was launched on December 14, 2018. It aims to promote design and construction of homes including apartments and townships to give benefits of energy efficiency to the occupants. Ministry of Power launched the ECO Niwas Samhita 2018.

The aim of ECO Niwas Samhita 2018:

To benefit the occupants and the environment by promoting energy efficiency in the design and construction of homes, apartments, and townships.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Role of BEE –

  • Processing of application for the star rating of buildings
  • Preliminary scrutiny of application
  • Data verification of CPWD maintained buildings
  • Installation of smart meters
  • Award of certificate & label
  • Support for Energy Efficiency in Buildings
  • Support for construction of ECBC complaint buildings
  • Efficient coordination with CPWD
  • Capacity building of CPWD officials

Role of CPWD –

  • Completely filled application for the star rating
  • Support and facilitation to data verification and monitoring
  • Construction of ECBC Complaint buildings
  • Support for Energy Efficiency in Buildings
  • Efficient coordination with BEE
  • It is anticipated that this initiative will result in an energy saving of more than 260 million units in the first stage with operational savings of about Rs. 100 crore.

Star Rating for Commercial Buildings:

  • It is based on the actual performance of a building in terms of its specific energy usage in kWh/sqm/year.
  • It rates office buildings on a 1-5 Star scale, with 5 star labeled buildings being the most efficient.
  • It is on a voluntary basis and label provided under it is applicable for a period of 5 years from the date of issue.
  • It provides public recognition to energy efficient buildings and creates a “demand side” pull.
  • Various categories of buildings like Day Use Office Buildings, BPOs, Shopping Malls and Hospitals in the five climatic zones have been identified under the scheme.

About Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) –

  • Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) is a statutory body, set up by the Government of India on 1st March 2002 under the provision of the Energy Conservation Act, 2001.
  • The mission is to assist in developing policies and strategies with a thrust on self-regulation and market principles with the primary objective of reducing the energy intensity of the Indian economy within the overall framework of the Energy Conservation Act, 2001.
  • This will be achieved with the active participation of all stakeholders, resulting in accelerated and sustained adoption of energy efficiency in all sectors.

About the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) –

  • CPWD came into existence in July 1854 when Lord Dalhousie established a central agency for execution of public works and set up Ajmer Provincial Division.
  • It is headed by DG who is also the Principal Technical Advisor to the Government of India.
  • It has PAN India presence and has the ability to undertake construction of complex projects.
  • It has been involved in the construction of stadiums and other infrastructure requirements for Asian Games 1982 and Commonwealth Games 2010.
  • CPWD is now engaged in the construction of Afghan Parliament Building (beyond national boundaries).
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