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UK-ECBC – 2017

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Globally buildings and construction together consumes 36% of the energy. Rapid urbanization is creating vast opportunities through on unprecedented demand for the construction of buildings, which already account for more than 31 percent of India's total electricity consumption.

In line with the expanding development, the country's building sector is expected to increase fivefold from 2015 to 2050. India is at a unique crossroads where two third of commercial buildings that exist in 2030 are yet to be built.

The Energy Conservation Act, 2001(52 of 2001) empowers the Central Government under Section 14(p) to prescribe Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC). The Code defines norms and standards for the energy performance of buildings and their components based on the climate zone in which they are located.

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.

To incorporate advanced technologies and other provisions ECBC 2017 has been formulated and launched in June 2017 by Govt. of India. ECBC 2017 is one of the first building code recognize beyond code performance. There are now three levels of energy performance standards i.e.  ECBC, ECBC plus and Super ECBC. The implementation of code is expected to reduce energy demand in commercial buildings by 25-50%.

Various Components of UKECBC (UttaraKhand Energy Conservation Building Code) are-

a) Building envelope,

b) Mechanical systems and equipment, including heating, ventilating, and air conditioning, service hot water heating,

c) Interior and exterior lighting, and

d) Electrical power and motors, and renewable energy systems.

All the buildings or building complexes that have a connected load of 50 kW or greater or a contract demand of 60 kVA or greater or If the plot area of the building is more than 500 m² with minimum 500 m² as built-up area (excluding basement) and are intended to be used for commercial purposes. Buildings intended for private residential purposes only are not covered by the Code.

All the buildings or building complexes that have a connected load of 50 kW or greater or a contract demand of 60 kVA or greater or If the plot area of the building is more than 500 m² with minimum 500 m² as built-up area (excluding basement) and are intended to be used for commercial purposeswill follow the ECBC Compliance Method