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Cabinet approves energy-saving code for new govt buildings

Delhi government buildings are set to lead the green campaign by example. The Delhi Cabinet on Monday approved a proposal for the implementation of the Energy Conservation Building Code...

Delhi government buildings are set to lead the green campaign by example. The Delhi Cabinet on Monday approved a proposal for the implementation of the Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) — the only green building scheme run by the central government — in new government buildings and building complexes.

Buildings are among the biggest contributors to green house gas emissions — 40 per cent of a city’s total emissions — as a result of the centralised heating and cooling systems.

The Cabinet meeting,chaired by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit,has decided that the ECBC,a flagship scheme run by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency,will be enforced on a mandatory basis in government buildings.

“We will implement the ECBC with an aim to bring down the estimated average energy use in new buildings by 25 to 40 per cent.  Mandatory enforcement of the ECBC is expected to yield huge energy savings,” Dikshit said on Monday.

The ECBC,which sets down guidelines on energy efficiency,ventilation,ceilings,windows and use of materials that do not absorb heat,will now be incorporated into building bylaws. All government housing systems,apart from the actual building code,will also have solar water heating systems as prescribed by the ECBC.

Construction work for like complexes of municipalities and local bodies,boards,corporations,government-aided institutions and other autonomous bodies of the city will follow ECBC. Buildings will also be audited under the system.

Given the huge carbon cost of buildings,the concept of green buildings has become highly popular internationally.

The US Secretary of State,Hillary Clinton,during her recent visit to India along her Envoy on Climate Change,Todd Stern,discussed climate change mitigation strategies. She also visited the ITC Green Building in Gurgaon.

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ECBC guidelines
* Sets norms on regressed windows and ventilation systems for better cooling
* Advocates 20 per cent of energy requirements in the building be met through renewable energy sources like solar heating
* Advocates low carbon lighting like CFLs and LEDs