Driving energy efficiency agenda in 12 states, five UTs


The Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) was launched by Ministry of Power, Government of India in May 2007, as a first step towards promoting energy efficiency in the building sector. ECBC is applicable for commercial buildings (public buildings) or building complexes that have a connected load of 100 kW or greater or a contract demand of 120 KVA and greater to ensure that overall energy consumption will be minimised without compromising on comforts.
AIILSG has set up ECBC cells in 12 states namely Karnataka, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Sikkim, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura, and five Union Territories— Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu, Lakshadweep and Puducherry.


ECBC Cell in Chhattisgarh


The first ECBC Cell by AIILSG was established in Chhattisgarh by a MoU between Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), CREDA (Chhattisgarh State Renewable Energy Development Agency, a State Designated Agency and AIILSG. The cell ensured the co-ordination among all relevant state departments (SDA, UDD & PWD) for the integration of ECBC provisions within the building regulations including the compliance mechanism. The cell undertook capacity building of ULBs and other government agencies to enable them to implement the Code.
Some activities included:


»» ECBC Cell works with CREDA for its implementation by giving technical and logistical support
»» Developing strategy to notify ECBC in the State Gazette in consultation with CREDA
»» Review of the Chhattisgarh state ECBC document, review of ECBC Rules with respect to implementation in Chhattisgarh
»» Presentation to stakeholders to explain the Chhattisgarh ECBC
»» Coordination with all the relevant state departments (SDA, UDD and PWD) for integration of ECBC provisions within the building regulations including compliance mechanisms.
»» Attending all coordination meetings as desired by the relevant departments and providing its feedback to SDA/BEE/UNDP-GEF-BEE PMU
»» Assistance in the integration of ECBC within local building regulations in the state
»» Support project preparation and implementation for demonstration projects, state specific roadmap, reporting database structure for ECBC compliant and energy performance of government buildings
»» Support training and capacity building of ECBC professionals in State including identification oftraining resources
»» Documentation of BEE star rated/Green rating buildings and geo-spatial mapping of Chhattisgarh state climatic zones, districts and divisions
»» Supported CREDA, in architectural designing for their project, on ECBC compliance net zero building design.
»» Technical support to upcoming government public buildings to make them ECBC compliance.


Energy efficiency is concerned with the improvement of energy security and efficient environmental management. One of the best ways to be energy efficient is being aware of how energy is used. As a consequence, making conscious decisions, energy efficiency will come through energy conservation. Energy efficiency can save money, can reduce energy use and can help the environment by changing our way of thinking and a few of our habits. Therefore, awareness raising and motivation are the key parameters for energy efficiency rather than the formal written initiatives. Our main aim is to create awareness and build capacity amongst the people of the state to join hands for making an energy efficient Chhattisgarh