ECO NIWAS SAMHITA 2018 - Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE)
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ECO NIWAS SAMHITA 2018 - Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE)

The objective is to encourage and promote energy-efficient town planning for the residential sector.

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ECO NIWAS SAMHITA 2018 - Background Context

Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) in association with the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) came into a contract and signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on promoting energy efficiency in buildings. According to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the Bureau of Energy Efficient (BEE) and Central Public Works Department (CPWD) will concentrate on and promote the designs, engineering, and construction of the Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) complaisant new buildings. These new types of buildings will receive star ratings in the CPWD managed buildings sector and support & guidance for capacity building of CPWD officials in ECBC.

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ECO Niwas Samhita 2018

  • Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) for residential buildings was launched on 14th December 2018.
  • The objective is to encourage and promote energy-efficient town planning for the residential sector.
  • ECO Niwas Samhita 2018 was launched by the Ministry of Power.

Aim of ECO Niwas Samhita 2018

The modern way to increase energy efficiency and benefit the residents and environment is by promoting the construction of energy-efficient buildings, houses, and townships.

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Roles and Responsibilities (Roles of BEE)

  1. Assessment and Processing of application for star rating of residential construction.
  2. Preliminary inquiry and inspection of the application.
  3. Data verification and validation of buildings under CPWD.
  4. Installation, monitoring, and maintenance of smart meters.
  5. Awarding of Certificate & Label to the concerned entity.
  6. Support and Guidance for Energy Efficiency in Residential Buildings.
  7. Support and Guidance for the election of ECBC compliant buildings/construction.
  8. Efficient association with CPWD
  9. Capacity building of CPWD authorities/officials

Role of CPWD

  1. Completely fill out the application form to gain a start rating.
  2. Guidance and response to data verification and monitoring.
  3. Election of ECBC Compliant buildings.
  4. Guidance and Support for Energy Efficiency in Residential Buildings.
  5. Efficient association with the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE).

It is firmly believed that the following enterprise will have a positive impact, with an expected energy saving of more than 250 million and above in the first phase, and realized operational cost savings of about ₹100 crores.

Star Rating for Commercial Buildings

  • Accounts of the actual performance of the residential building measured in energy consumption/energy usage in kWh/sqm/year.
  • Buildings are rated on the numerical start scale of 1-5, the number 5 star being most and number 1 being least energy efficient.
  • The energy efficiency certificate/labels issued are applicable for a period of 5 years from the date of issuance. This is on a voluntary basis.
  • It helps create recognition and awareness of energy efficiency and energy saving among residents and generates a “demand-side” pull.
  • A wide variety of buildings is identified and compartmentalized into five climate zones.
  • Commercial Office Buildings.
  • ITs and BPOs office buildings.
  • City Center and Shopping Malls.
  • Hospitals and Health Centre

About Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE)

  • Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) is a enacted body, established by by the Government of India on 1st March 2002 in pursuance of the Energy Conservation Act, 2001.
  • The core mission is to help develop policies and implementation strategies with required thrust and appropriate regulation and market principles with preliminary priority or objective of reducing the ever rising intensity energy demand overload of the Indian economy with implementation of complete framework of the Energy Conservation Act, 2001.
  • This will be actualized, with the active participation of all stakeholders realizing the mass-accelerated and sustained embrace of energy efficiency in all target sectors.

About Central Public Works Department (CPWD)

  1. Central Public Works Department (CPWD) was established quite early, in July 1854 (British India), Lord Dalhousie established a centralised institution for realization of the public works and established Ajmer Provincial Division.
  2. The institution is led by the Director-General (DG) who in return is also the Principal Technical Advisor to the Government of India.
  3. It is located all over India and broad and strong capability to undertake even complex projects.
  4. The institution has been into the erection of the stadium and required infrastructure needed for Asian Games 1982 and Commonwealth Games 2010.
  5. Proudly the CPWD is also involved in the construction of the Afghanistan Parliament Building with the aid of USD 90 million from the Govt. of India. The construction started in 2007 to pinpoint the friendship between India-Afghanistan.