Indian State Adopts Building Energy Efficiency Code

THE Indian state of Andhra Pradesh will embrace India’s Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) in 2013, making certain that buildings across the state meet at least minimum energy efficiency standards.

India is a rapidly expanding economy, with an even more rapid increase in demand for energy. By adopting the ECBC Andhra Pradesh recognise that energy efficiency is the most cost effective and quickest way to meet the energy demands.

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) teamed up with the Administrative Staff College of India to launch the “Constructing Change: Accelerating Energy Efficiency in India’s Building Market” report which reveals the obstacles in India to energy efficiency. It also calls for local authorities, state governments, developers and the financial sector to take action to reduce the barriers to energy efficiency improvement.

Energy efficiency is the cheapest and quickest way to fight climate change, while providing the solution of the energy demand to supply gap. Energy efficiency also reduces dependence on fossil fuels and lessens the need for major capital investment in new power stations.

According to the NDRC report if real estate developers across the country implemented energy efficiency improvement measures for new buildings and building upgrades, India would drop the requirement for 2,988 megawatts (MW) of power generating capacity along with savings of $42 billion per year.

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Thursday 1st November 2012

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