Existing Buildings to Get New Codes for Energy Conservation

A one-day capacity building workshop on Punjab Energy Conservation Building Code was held today at Indo Global College of Architecture, Abhipur, SAS Nagar.

In total 37 such training programs are going to be organized by Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) and National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research (NITTTR).  These workshops are supported by United Nations Development Programme, Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), PEDA and Global Environment Fund.

Features of the workshop

S.S Sekhon, Director, Indo Global College gave the welcome address and lauded the efforts of Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) for promoting the cause of saving energy consumption in buildings. Architect Surinder Bahga delivered a talk on salient features of Punjab Energy Conservation Building Code.  He said, “Code will be applicable with conditioned floor area of 500 square metre or more.  An interesting feature of this code is that any event having three or more days duration have to comply with this code.  It will also be applicable on additions, alterations to existing buildings.  It will be mandatory to use minimum three star rated equipment in buildings”.

Master Trainer of BEE, Gaurav Shorey deliberated on ways to save energy consumption in heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, lighting, and pumping, etc.  He emphasized the need to design climate-responsive buildings.

Balkar Singh, Assistant General Manager of PEDA explained the role being played by PEDA in the state to promote energy conservation. On behalf of NITTTR, Dr. Sanjay Sharma, Professor Civil Engineering and Dr. Poonam Syal addressed the gathering. They highlighted the importance of this code for Punjab State.

Programme was attended by 100 professionals consisting of architects, engineers, builders, developers and officers of Urban Local Bodies and various other government departments besides 50 students of architecture.

Punjab Government had constituted committee of officials of Department of Architecture, Public Works Department, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited, Housing & Urban Development and PEDA to amend Energy Conservation Building Code prepared by Union Government.  The work was assigned to Architects Surinder Bahga and Archana Chaudhary of Indian Institute of Architects.  They authored the new code after many meetings with the technical committee.

It was notified by Government of Punjab in June, 2016.  PEDA is aiming to implement this code in next six months.  IIA is planning to train architects, engineers, builders, planners and officers of urban local bodies through this initiative.  Punjab is now among the 10 states of India which have prepared this code and going to implement it soon.
Department of Housing and Urban Development amended building bye-laws and made provisions for use of Punjab ECBC while approving the building plans and construction of buildings. They have also provided an incentive of 50% refund of building scrutiny fee on completion of building for use of Punjab ECBC. Department of Local Govt. provided 15% rebate on property tax for Punjab ECBC Complaint Buildings. In addition, they have also provided 5% FAR free of cost for construction of green buildings in the state of Punjab.

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