PEDA TO EMPANEL ECBC DESIGN PROFESSIONALS TO BRING ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN BUILDINGS
In order to make buildings or building complexes an energy efficient, Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) is all set to empanel Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) Experts/Professionals, who will ensure maximum energy conservation in the buildings, said Mr. Aman Arora, Minister of New and Renewable Energy Sources, Punjab.
Notably, the Energy Conservation Building Code has been notified by the Punjab Government for construction of new commercial buildings in the State having connected load of 100KW or above or contract demand of 120kVA or above or conditioned area with 500m2 or above. This code has also been included in Building Bye-Laws of Local Govt and Housing & Urban Development making it mandatory to follow for approval of building plans.
Mr Aman Arora said that PEDA has started the empanelment of ECBC Design Professionals, who will assist Architects /Owners to achieve the ECBC Compliance at the State level. The last date for submission of applications is May 25, 2023 till 3 PM along with requisite empanelment fee and documents.
To ensure implementation of ECBC in the state, he said, ECBC Design Professional will facilitate the owner/applicant to comply with the ECBC while making the building. They will also provide technical support to various ECBC compliant commercial buildings, besides, checking the minimum energy efficiency levels as per latest Energy Conservation Building Code and ECBC Rules/Notifications issued by Government of Punjab from time to time.
The cabinet minister further said that Punjab ECBC is applicable to buildings / building complexes such as offices, hotels, hospitals, shopping complexes, group housing complexes and others that are not primarily used for industrial i.e. manufacturing use.
Apart from this, a Building Cell comprising two Engineers and one Architect has also been established in PEDA Office for preparation of necessary documents, day-to-day interaction with all stakeholders to help them for proper implementation of Punjab ECBC in the state. The Building Cell has conducted Interactive sessions with Departments / Organisations and has trained more than 650 Architects & Engineers.
For capacity building of stakeholders regarding Punjab ECBC, as many as 85 Training Programs have been organised for all the stakeholders including at Municipal Corporations and other ULBs, which has trained more than 8800 professionals in the State of Punjab, he added.