Energy conservation building code set to be drafted and adopted by Maharashtra government
In a bid to ensure energy-efficient buildings, Maharashtra government is keen to adopt the Energy Conservation Building Code. By doing this, it will become one of the 12 states to implement the Energy Conservation Building Code in India.
“The state government is on course to chart the final operating mechanism for the code, which will be placed in the public domain by May 3, 2018” said Vipin Sharma, Director General of Maharashtra Energy Development Authority (MEDA).
Speaking at the workshop that was held for the code on 18th of May, he said “Once the code is notified, it will be voluntary for the first six months and will be mandatory after that.” It has been notified by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Ministry of Power that the Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC), 2017, will be adopted at the state level only. The implementation of the code will help in saving at least 25% of energy, which bodes well for the third largest states of India.
If the code is adopted at the national level anytime in future, it can save around 300 billion units of electricity by 2030. Twelve states in the country have notified the code till now and other states are at various levels of adoption or notification. Apart from this, the European Union delegation has extended support to BEE and four states including Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Bihar, under Indo-European Union (EU) collaboration on energy.
Around 1,000 new commercial connections are given away every year in the entire state Maharashtra. The adoption of this code will help reduce energy demand by around 550 MW at the end of 2030. Talking about the future plans of MEDA, Mr Vipin Sharma said that the Maharashtra Energy Development Authority (MEDA) will come up with the concept of a net zero energy building, which will be a model building to be simulated at the national as well as state level. The experts believe that the step will help to keep the state in good stead for the future.