Buildings account for more than 30 percent of India’s electricity consumption, and the total built space in the country is growing at a tremendous rate. The Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC), launched by the Ministry of Power’s Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), has the potential to transform the way buildings are constructed and to unleash significant energy savings. Building more efficient buildings is also a central strategy to achieve India’s climate target to reduce emissions intensity by 33 to 35 percent from 2005 levels by the year 2030 as part of the Paris Agreement.
Taking the lead on energy savings, the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh adopted mandatory energy conservation building codes for commercial buildings in 2014, applicable to both states after bifurcation. The Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) collaborated with state and city officials as knowledge partners to develop the code and to guide it through official adoption, and now we are working together to launch a city-wide compliance system that can be scaled across the state and country.