Question: Recently, Bureau of Energy Efficiency & CPWD signed MoU on promoting energy efficiency in buildings. It aims to save energy with operational savings of nearly-
(a) More than 260 million units; 100 crores
(b) More than 250 million units; 90 crores
(c) More than 230 million units; 60 crores
(d) More than 200 million units; 50 crores
- On 10 January 2019, Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) kick starting cooperation in building energy efficiency.
Key features of MoU:
- Cooperate on promoting designs and construction of Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) compliant new buildings.
- Star rating of CPWD managed buildings across the country with no registration or renewal fee.
- Awareness on energy efficiency in building sector and support for capacity building of CPWD officials in ECBC.
- Recently, ECO Niwas Samhita 2018 an Energy Conservation Building Code for residential buildings was launched to push for energy efficiency in residential sector. The code also aims for promoting design and construction of homes including apartments and townships.
- Commercial building sector in India is expanding rapidly at over 9% per year triggered largely by the strong growth in the services sector.
- It has been estimated that more than 50% of building stock that will exist in the year 2030 is yet to come up in the country.
- The Star rating Programme (in terms specific energy usage in kwh/sqm/year) is being implemented to provide a public recognition to energy efficient buildings.
- On a scale 1-5, 5 being labeled as most efficient.
- Numerous categories of buildings such as Day Use Office Buildings, BPOs, Shopping Malls and Hospitals in the five climatic zones have been identified under the scheme.
- In the preliminary stage approximately 150 buildings will be taken under star rating scheme and to promote energy efficiency in CPWD managed buildings.
- It is expected that this initiative will result in energy saving of more than 260 million units in the first stage with operational savings of about Rs 100 crore.