VIJAYAWADA: Indo-Swiss building energy efficiency technology is to be introduced by Andhra Pradesh in its affordable housing projects.
The Union government has selected AP, along with Gujarat and Rajasthan to launch the Indo-Swiss technology which is included in the Energy Conservation Building Code for residential buildings (ECBC-Residential).
Energy secretary Nagulapalli Srikant in a statement on Friday said ECBC-R can be a great advantage for states like Andhra Pradesh where temperatures touch 48 degree Celsius in summer.
Even low-income group families can be provided modern energy-efficient and comfortable houses with world class technology, he said.
Elaborating on ECBC-R, Srikant said the code deals with envelop design such as roof, walls and windows. The ECBC-R design helps to reduce temperature by not less than 4 to 8 degree Celsius inside the house compared with the outside temperature.
It also ensures adequate natural ventilation and daylight potential and will make sure that housing is cost effective with minimum 20% energy savings. This would result in reduction in electricity bills and healthier environment in residential buildings, he said.
According to an estimate, the building sector is consuming 30% of total electricity in India. Implementation of ECBC-R will have a potential to save 125 billion units of electricity per year by 2030 which is equivalent to 100 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emission, said Srikant.
Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) is requesting the state government to incorporate ECBC-R code in development control rules or building bylaws. The state government is considering the proposal and will introduce it in affordable housing projects of the state government, under which lakhs of houses are being built for the poor.
Srikant noted that a two-day national workshop will be held at Vijayawada on August 29 and 30 on implementation of ECBC-R to motivate stakeholders and the public.
Source: ET Realty