Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2007
Policy Type:Regulatory Instruments>Codes and standards, Regulatory Instruments, Policy Support, Policy Support>Strategic planning
Policy Target:Buildings>Residential, Framework/ Multi-sectoral Policy
Agency:Bureau of Energy Efficiency

On May 27th, 2007, The Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) was developed for primarily new commercial buildings. The code sets a minimum energy standard for buildings having a connected load of 100kW or contract demand of 120 KVA. The code is voluntary with 22 states at various stages mandating the ECBC where most of the building construction is happening across the country. 

The 11th Year plan enabled certain supporting procedures for the code. 

a. Application

b. List of Empanelled ECBC Expert Professionals/Firms

c. PDF version of the ECBC Code

d. PDF version of ECBC Handbook

e. ECOnirman Prescriptive

f. ECOnirman WBP

g. ECObench

h. ECBC Conformance Check Tool

  1. Empanelment of ECBC expert architects
  2. Development of technical reference material such as ECBC User Guide, Tip Sheets for lighting, envelope, HVAC, simulation
  3. Development of conformance/compliance check tool (ECOnirman) to help architects/ design professionals and code compliance officials to assess conformance with code requirements
  4. Standard ECBC Training Modules covering various aspects of the code
  5. Capacity building of various stakeholders like State Designated Agencies (SDA), Municipal corporations, Urban Department, CPWD, state PWD etc.
  6. Harmonization of ECBC with National Building Code and
  7. Integration of ECBC with Building Bye-laws.

ECBC has been integrated into other rating systems as well including: 

  • EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) for large area development under MoEF(Ministry of Environment & Forest)
  • Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) rating system of ADARS
  • Hand Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) rating system of the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC). 

In 2006, India pledged to launch a comprehensive energy labeling program for appliances under the framework of the Energy Conservation Act of 2001. The BEE's long-planned labeling program will first address refrigerators and fluorescent tube lamps. The rating will grade models on their energy efficiency, starting from one star, implying low energy efficiency, to a five star grade for the most energy efficient model.Energy labels became mandatory for many electricity-consuming appliances in 2007, including pumps, motors, air conditioners and televisions. The BEE plans to coordinate a consumer education campaign to publicize the new labels. This scheme aims to provide consumers with information about the energy saving and thereby cost saving potential of appliances, allowing them to make informed purchasing decisions.

Related policies:Energy Conservation Act , The Eleventh Five Year Plan (2007-2012)

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