Green policy for buildings

The development authority and the municipal corporation have come together to enforce an energy conservation building code here.

By Our Correspondent in Bhubaneshwar
  • Published 13.02.17
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Bhubaneswar, Feb. 12: The development authority and the municipal corporation have come together to enforce an energy conservation building code here.

The new code will make it mandatory for city buildings, mainly commercial ones, to follow green norms such as rainwater harvesting and solar rooftops.

Officials of the Bhuban-eswar Development Authority (BDA) today organised a stakeholder meeting in association with the European Union here on the issue.

"We had called on stakeholders, including real-estate developers and other agencies, to discuss the various aspects for implementation of the energy efficient measures in city buildings. We are going to come up with a stringent implementation method," said BDA vice-chairman Krishan Kumar.

The state government had mandated the energy conservation building code in 2011, while the BDA incorporated the norms in its Planning and Building Standards Regulations to ensure energy efficiency in buildings in 2013.

However, the administration is yet to implement it in the city.

Sources said this was because of poor implementation measures and lack of awareness among various stakeholders and citizens.

"The European Union will facilitate implementation of the code for which it had engaged two expert firms - Energy and Environment S.A, Greece (Exergia) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The two consultants will help us implement the code in city buildings," said Kumar.

Exergia and PwC are expert consultants that operate internationally in the fields of energy, environment and water. The BDA had also functionalised a special cell for the purpose.

"Institutional, procedural and process barriers hampered the implementation of energy efficiency interventions. The inability of building managers to assess and guarantee energy savings because of these interventions compounded the problem, but this time it will be in place. The firm we engage will prepare the plan for the purpose," said a BDA official.

City-based urban planners have welcomed the seriousness of the city administration in implementing the code in city buildings.

"Energy is one of the most valuable elements of nature. The new measures would help save energy, money and the environment. I hope that the norms would come into force rigorously this time," said Bhubaneswar-based urban pl-anner Priyansh Mishra.