What is ECBC?
The purpose of the Energy Conservation Building Code (Code) is to provide minimum requirements for the energy-efficient design and construction of buildings. The Code also provides two additional sets of incremental requirements for buildings to achieve enhanced levels of energy efficiency that go beyond the minimum requirements.
Role of ECBC in Green Building Project
A new generous of India’s building code for energy efficiency — the Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) 2017 — has been launched. First presented in 2007 by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), this code was applicable only to large commercial buildings and was aimed at addressing growing electricity consumption. Now, in addition to increasing the efficiency norms, the code has several new features, including classification of buildings, requirements that vary according to occupancy and ownership, required use of renewable energy, and efficient building strategy that makes top use of daylight and natural ventilation
A chance to make efficient buildings
Globally, building energy codes have been effective supervisory tools to build capable buildings and have contributed to decreasing average building electricity consumption from more than 230kWh per sq. m in 1990 to 160kWh per sq. m in 2013. As of today, 53 countries, plus India, mention building energy efficiency in their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) agreed upon at the 2015 Paris Climate Summit, and 38 identify building energy codes as imperative for meeting their climate vows.