Amaravati: The Central government, through US Agency for International Development (USAID), has shown keen interest to take up an action plan for implementation of Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) entailing construction of 100 per cent energy efficient buildings in the new capital city of Amaravati in Andhra Pradesh. The scheme is aimed at energy savings of around 40 to 60 per cent compared to conventional buildings.
The Centre has accepted the proposal to establish a special cell for ECBC in Amaravati likely within two months, in coordination with the State Energy Conservation Mission. Funds for running the cell will be provided by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and USAID and training of personnel and hand holding support will be provided by the global building energy efficiency experts from US, UK, Japan, Singapore, Germany and Switzerland, said Raj Pal, economic advisor to Union Ministry of Power.
Participating in the national workshop on ECBC in New Delhi, Raj Pal said that successful implementation of ECBC in Amaravati will become a model for other States. Jonathan Addleton, Mission Director of USAID, has evinced keen interest in making of Amaravati city ECBC compliant and assured full support from his organisation towards implementation of ECBC. Disclosing the details, A Chandrasekhara Reddy, CEO of SECM, said that Andhra Pradesh is first State to make ECBC compliance mandatory for all commercial buildings.
100% Energy Efficient Buildings in Amaravati
As per the order, the Andhra Pradesh ECBC is applicable to all commercial buildings or building complexes with a plot area of more than 1,000 sq mtrs or built-up area of more than 2,000 sq mtrs, whichever is higher. Based on the building performance criteria, star ratings are issued to the buildings and incentives will be provided for two-star or above rated buildings in the form of expedited process for buildings construction approval and occupancy certificate with highest priority.
The ultimate objective of Andhra Pradesh is to make the State one of the most energy efficient States in the world. Saurabh Kumar, managing director of EESL, said construction of green buildings by adopting ECBC in the world-class capital city of Amaravati will certainly facilitate building an environment-friendly city and also attract new investments, especially from the construction and building sector across the world.
Sanjay Seth, secretary, BEE, and nodal officer for ECBC, said that BEE agreed in-principle to the proposal of Andhra Pradesh to conduct a national workshop on ECBC at Amaravati. Several national and international experts on energy efficient, including Mark Newton, Clean Energy & Environment Office, USAID, Tanmay Tathagat, buildings, USAID, and Girja Shankar, Ministry of Power, appreciated the bold initiatives of Andhra Pradesh on energy-efficiency and energy conservation during the workshop.