Indo-Swiss building tech to be used in Andhra Pradesh housing project – ET RealEstate

VISAKHAPATNAM: The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) has come forward to offer the ‘Indo-Swiss energy efficient building technology’ for Andhra Pradesh’s housing scheme – Pedalandariki Illu (housing for poor).

Under the ‘Building Energy Efficiency Project’, the BEE would also impart training on this relatively new technology to the engineers and other staff, who will work on the massive housing programme.

The state government would launch the housing programme on December 25 for construction of about 28.3 lakhs houses in two phases. The first phase construction would cover about 15 lakh housing units, including 5.3 lakh dwellings in the limits of various urban local bodies.

According to officials, the Indo-Swiss EE technology would reduce the temperature by about 2-4 degrees inside the houses and save about 20% electricity. Addressing a webinar with energy and housing departments of AP, organised by the BEE in coordination with AP State Energy Conservation Mission (APSECM) on the occasion of national energy conservation week, BEE director Saurab Diddi offered technical support for implementing energy efficiency in housing project under Indo-Swiss BEEP.

Secretary for housing, Ajay Jain, said the state government has approved a unique dwelling plan, consisting of one bedroom, living room, kitchen, bath-cum-toilet and veranda.

“Chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy wants to ensure adequate decent accommodation. In view of this, the government has decided to incorporate energy efficient and thermally comfortable designs in the houses. With the support of BEE, the Indo-Swiss agency had already approached AP government to discuss the project. Under this programme, innovative Indo-Swiss energy efficient and thermally comfortable (EETC) technology building designs would be incorporated in the houses,” said Ajay Jain.

Energy efficient design strategies would be applied in this housing project, thus complying with the Eco-Niwas Samhita 2018 (ECBC-Residential) code under BEEP. The ECBE-R will ensure adequate natural ventilation, reduced electricity consumption by a minimum 20 per cent, improve thermal comfort (cooling), day lighting and provide safe and healthier environment in buildings.

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Energy conservation code must for commercial buildings in Andhra Pradesh – ET RealEstate

VIJAYAWADA: The state government has recently issued orders making the Andhra Pradesh Energy Conservation Building Code (APECBC) mandatory to get building approvals for commercial and non-residential buildings with a plot area of 1,000 square meters or built up area of 2,000 square meters.

The municipal administration and urban development (MAUD) department issued GO 180 amending the AP Building Rules 2017, making compliance to APECBC mandatory for commercial buildings.

Compliance with ECBC has been integrated in Development Permission Management System (DPMS) for building approvals, which effectively means that building approvals will only be given if designs are in compliance with the code. Hotels, multiplexes, hospitals and convention centres must adhere to ECBC irrespective of their built up area.

The energy department has empanelled 34 Third Party Assessors (TPAs) across the state to check compliance with ECBC at the design and occupancy stages in upcoming commercial buildings. The Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI) along with AP Energy Conservation Mission (APSECM) recently conducted a webinar for officials of urban local bodies to explain the process of implementation of ECBC.

secretary of MAUD J Syamala Rao said the ECBC provides present as well as futuristic advancements in building technology and will save energy consumption as well as reduce greenhouse gases emission. Implementation of ECBC will be supervised by director of town planning V Ramudu.

Secretary of the energy department Srikant Nagulapalli said implementation of ECBC is a significant development in energy and building sectors. He observed that the energy demand in commercial buildings presently stands at 3,117 million units and with the effective implementation of ECBC, this demand can be reduced by about 30%.

Director of Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Saurabh Diddhi said AP is the third state in the country to make ECBC compliance a mandatory. The move will be a major step in making the state energy-efficient, Diddhi said.

The Union ministry of power-led Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) has introduced the ECBC in commercial and non-residential buildings with the objective to ensure construction of energy-efficient buildings with reduced electrical energy by 30 to 40%. ECBC can reduce electricity bills for building owners, apart from environmental benefits and help improve living standards of people.

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