BEE Inks Pact with CPWD to Promote Energy Efficiency in Buildings

The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) kick-starting their cooperation to promote energy efficiency in buildings. The MoU will remain in force for five years unless rescinded by either party.

According to the MoU, BEE and CPWD will cooperate on promoting designs and construction of Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) compliant new buildings star rating of CPWD managed buildings across the country with no registration or renewal fee, awareness on energy efficiency in building sector and support for capacity building of CPWD officials in ECBC.

BEE and CPWD’s Identified Areas of Cooperation:

  • Star rating of commercial CPWD managed buildings with no registration or renewal fee
  • Awareness on of energy efficiency in commercial buildings
  • Support for ECBC (Commercial & Residential) and capacity building of CPWD officials
  • Construction of ECBC compliant new buildings
  • Any other area with mutual consent in the area of building energy efficiency

According to a government release, “This association of BEE, a statutory body under the Ministry of Power which is mandated to implement policy and programs in energy efficiency and conservation with CPWD, a premier construction agency of the government would establish new benchmarks for energy efficient buildings in the country and will support India’s vision of achieving energy security, economic growth, and environmental sustainability.”

In the first stage, approximately 150 buildings will be taken under star rating program and to promote energy efficiency in CPWD managed buildings. It is anticipated that this initiative will result in energy savings of more than 50 million units in the first stage.

Recently, the government also launched ECO Niwas Samhita 2018, which is the ECBC for residential buildings, in order to push for energy efficiency in residential sector. The code aims for promoting design and construction of homes including apartments and townships to give the benefits of energy efficiency to the occupants.


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