ENERGY CONSERVATION BUILDING CODE FOR COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS

  • Tamil Nadu has finally notified the Energy Conservation Building Code for commercial buildings, the last among the southern States to do so.
  • The code was developed by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), which sets minimum energy performance standards for the various components of a building. The Union Power Ministry launched the code in 2007 and a revised version was unveiled in 2017.
  • Tamil Nadu Energy Conservation Building Code (TNECBC) Rules, 2022, will be applicable to new commercial buildings with a connected load of 100 KW or more, or a contracted demand of 120 Kilovolt Amperes (KVA) or more, or a built-up area of more than 2,000 square metres.
  • It covers government, private and public buildings, including existing ones where additions or alterations are made for commercial purposes.
  • It prescribes standards for aspects like building envelope (including walls and roofs) to minimise heat gain and dependence on artificial lighting and also the use of renewable energy. Buildings which do not utilise any energy or fossil fuel are exempted from the rules.
  • Ajit Kumar Chordia, MD, Olympia Group India, has taken charge as the chairman of CII, Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), Chennai Chapter. He said the code would give an impetus to adoption of sustainable building practices.
  • The cost of buildings is bound to go up, and the government has to come out with an incentive in form of a rebate on infrastructure and amenity charges/property tax. This will help others join the framework, said S. Sridharan, chairman, policy-housing and urban development, CREDAI National.
  • Deepak Tewari, research fellow, WRI India, said the most important aspect will be to incorporate the notification into the building by-laws, which will then become part of the building regulations.

SOURCE: THE HINDU, THE ECONOMIC TIMES, PIB

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