Thursday, 7 May 2015

Building bye-laws need to be changed for energy efficiency, says BEE chief

In order to improve energy efficiency in the country, building bye-laws need to be changed, a senior official from the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) said on Wednesday.

“Buildings are going to be the largest user of energy in the coming years in terms of floor area as well as the services offered such as air-conditioning. Unless checked, the intensity of use will keep on increasing,” Ajay Mathur, Director-General, BEE, said at a conference here. Every new building that is built has to be more energy efficient than the current ones, he added.

In the short run, BEE aims to develop a cadre of certified energy efficiency building professionals to help integrate energy efficiency in building plans.

The European Union is collaborating with BEE to initiate a project on energy efficiency improvements in commercial buildings.

The EU, following its policy dialogue, will primarily act as a policy framework and advisory body while BEE will take on the role of an implementation body.

As part of the partnership, the EU will lend support to BEE in training and capacity augmentation in the states and to start with EU plans to work in Bihar, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, and Maharashtra.

The project aims to strengthen institutional capacities at various levels, developing technical expertise and awareness raising of key partners, compliance with the Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) demonstrated buildings, formulating fiscal and regulatory incentives for investors, monitoring and evaluation while knowledge sharing and learning.

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