As accelerating urbanisation takes India’s urban population to 600 million plus by 2030, demand for electricity will rise. The residential sector consumes nearly 23% of total electricity use in the country. Hence, for effective use of energy in buildings, the Government of India has put in place policies for commercial buildings, such as Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC), Star Labelling for Buildings, etc.

ECBC which is currently under voluntary phase, is planned to be made mandatory after capacity building and implementation experience. ECBC provides minimum performance standards for Building Envelope (Walls, Roofs, Windows), Lighting (Indoor and Outdoor), Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) System, Solar Hot Water Heating and Electrical Systems.

Different states of India are in varying stages of implementing these building energy efficiency policies, but the overall progress has been slow. Since, NITI Aayog, a premier policy 'Think Tank' of the Government of India is required to evolve a shared vision of national development priorities sectors and strategies with the active involvement of States, it plans to create awareness and provide capacity development at the state level. Hence, NITI Aayog plans to conduct five regional workshops across India in partnership with Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The initiative is intended to create awareness and sensitisation among policy makers and government departments on how to integrate energy efficiency design and construction practices in buildings. This will thus create synergies with existing government programs and initiatives such as Housing for All, AMRUT, and Smart City Mission, etc.

First workshop of proposed initiative was conducted in Chandigarh on 9 - 10 February 2017. The two-day workshop started with a site-visit of the Haryana Renewable Energy Department’s (HAREDA) GRIHA 5-Star rated Net Zero Energy building, Akshay Urja, on the evening of 9th Feb 2017. The delegates, led by Shri Anil Kumar Jain, Additional Secretary, NITI Aayog, were welcomed by HAREDA Director Ms. Ashima Brar, IAS and were taken through an interactive tour of the building coordinated by HAREDA led by Shri D.K. Chopra, Advisor and the building’s architect Mr. Siddhartha Wig.

On March 15, 2017, second regional ECBC workshop was held for two days in Ahmedabad. On day zero, a site visit to Net Zero Energy Building of CEPT University was done which highlighted various initiative and research studies taken to understand building efficiency under various parameters. The interactive tour of the building was coordinated by Professor Rajan Rawal, Executive Director, CARBSE, CEPT University.

In continuation of the 1st and 2nd Regional Workshops in Chandigarh and Ahmedabad, the Third Regional Energy Conservation Buildings Code (ECBC) Workshop was organized by NITI Aayog on 23rd-24th March, 2017 in Guwahati to sensitise and check the status of ECBC rollout in the states. The Workshop, which saw participation from the state of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagaland, Sikkim and West Bengal, was spread over one and a half days with deliberations on the various state led initiatives for enabling development of energy efficiency codes for buildings.

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