Energy Conservation Building Code

With rapid urbanisation, the building sector in India is experiencing an unprecedented growth. It has 38% (~208 mtoe) of India’s total annual energy consumption and 31% (296 TWh) of the total annual electricity consumption (IEA 2017) (NITI Aayog and Prayas 2017). It is the need of the hour to put in place mechanisms that will help India meet its Nationally Determined Contribution, Sustainable Development Goals commitment.

Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) is one such key mechanism. Launched in 2007, the Energy Conservation Building Code is the first ever initiative by Government of India (GoI) to address energy efficiency in the commercial building sector. Developed by Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), the code sets minimum energy standards for commercial buildings with a connected load of 100kW or contract demand of 120 KVA and above. The enactment of Energy Conservation Act (EC Act) in 2001, with the primary objective of providing necessary legal framework for promoting energy conservation measures led to the formation of BEE and subsequent development of ECBC (BEE, 2017).

ECBC V2 was launched by the Hon’ble Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, NRE and Mines, Shri Piyush Goyal on June 19, 2017.

According to V2, ECBC compliant buildings are 20% efficient than conventional building and ECBC+ and Super ECBC buildings are 30-35% and 40-45% efficient than conventional buildings.

Status OF ECBC Implementation

To date, ten states have notified ECBC. Ten states have amended ECBC, as demonstrated in visual representation.


ECBC 2017- Introduction and Implementation

This presentation, prepared by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in partnership with Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy, outlines the benefits of ECBC 2017 and its core provisions and describes the roles & responsibilities of the urban local bodies, state governments & other stakeholders to fast-track ECBC implementation in India.