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Energy Conservation Building Code to become mandatory in Tamil Nadu

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Green BuildingWith the state's demand for power standing at more than 11,000 mega watts (MW), the Tamil Nadu Electrical Inspectorate (TNEI) is contemplating on making energy efficiency mandatory in all commercial buildings. The Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC), launched on 28 June 2007, is a document that lists out the energy performance requirements for all commercial buildings constructed in India. Buildings with an electrical load of 500 KW or more are covered by the ECBC, which is not mandatory as of now.

But the TNEI state designated agency for the Bureau Of Energy Efficiency ( BEE) is now planning to include the ECBC in the municipal bylaw and making it mandatory. The TNEI met Chennai Municipal Development Authority ( CMDA), pollution control board and other stake holders in February to discuss how this regulation can be brought in. "Commercial buildings having more than 1,000 square metre of air conditioned area will need to have energy efficient measures in place," said a senior government official who attended the meeting.

Energy audit conducted in many such buildings have shown that the energy saving potential in lighting, cooling and ventilation is between 20% and 50%. "We found out that nearly 5 MW can be saved by implementing it in some 300 odd buildings. The savings will be more if we make it mandatory for all commercial buildings," said the official.

Building envelope, lighting, ventilation, air conditioning, mechanical systems like pumps are where energy conservation can be applied. "Regular maintenance of the electrical equipment is also a must for energy conservation," said the official.

The power demand in the state is fast rising at more than 10%. With more residential complexes coming up in the suburbs and the slow pace at which generation plants are being built, it is vital for the government to think about making energy conservation and efficiency mandatory.

The present power demand in the state is above 11,000 MW. Of this, nearly 2,000 MW is needed by the domestic sector alone and this is expected to shoot up beyond 3,000 MW in the coming years.

"Any thing that can save energy and ease our burden is welcome," said a senior TNEB official.

Source- Times of India


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