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. The Ministry of Power, Govt. of India is implementing ECBC in the States of India in consultation with the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) (Govt. of India, Ministry of Power). The ECBC was developed under the guidelines of BEE with significant inputs from various other stakeholders such as practicing architects, consultants, educational institutions and other government organizations. The purpose of ECBC is to provide minimum requirements for energy efficient design and construction of buildings and their systems without compromising on the comfort of the occupants.
The ECBC provides design norms for:
- Building envelope, including thermal performance requirements for walls, roofs, and windows;
- Lighting system, including day lighting, lamps and luminaries’ performance requirements;
- HVAC system, including energy performance of air distribution systems;
- Electrical system; and
- Water heating and pumping systems, including requirements for solar hot-water systems.
As per the Section 15 (a) of Energy Conservation Act, 2001, the State Governments are required to amend the ECBC based on the climatic conditions of the State. Furthermore, Chhattisgarh State Renewable Energy Development Agency (CREDA) is the State Designated Agency (SDA) to implement energy conservation activities of Ministry of Power, Govt. of India and Energy Conservation Act 2001 in the State of Chhattisgarh. As per BEE guidelines, CREDA has prepared draft "Chhattisgarh State Energy Conservation Building Code (CGECBC)" according to the climatic condition of Chhattisgarh State.
The CGECBC follows the same structures as the National ECBC. New sections have been added to include auditing, reporting and star rating of building, renewable energy, IS 3792-1978, etc. so as ensure that the applicable buildings adhere to the code.
Any comments / suggestions on draft CGECBC may be sent to CEO, CREDA.