Hyderabad to adopt green building code
The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation plans to popularise the Energy Conservation Building Code, beginning with 25 model buildings, both government and commercial, being made reference models for others.
The code will apply to buildings constructed on 1,000 sq mt of land, with built-up area of over 2,000 sq mt, according to Hyderabad Mayor Bonthu Rammohan.
“Efforts are on to streamline the functioning of various government departments and construction activity in Telangana and the energy conservation code will be helpful,” he said.
Telangana and Andhra Pradesh adopted the mandatory Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) for commercial buildings in 2014. The Administrative Staff College of India and the Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC) are engaged as knowledge partners to develop the code and guide through its adoption.
As per the code, multiplexes, hospitals, hotels, and convention centres have to comply with ECBC. The code offers star rating system.
With buildings accounting for about 30 per cent of the country’s electricity consumption and the built-up area growing at a rapid rate, the Energy Conservation an Building Code launched by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency of the Union Ministry of Power is aimed at addressing the important aspect of energy conservation.
The demand for office space in the Greater Hyderabad municipal area has increased nearly 10 times in the last eight years, from 1.95 million sq ft in 2005 to 20 million sq ft in 2013.