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Energy Sustainability


Energy Sustainability

Energy sustainability in the context of urban management refers to seamlessly weaving efficient systems that reduce energy consumption at city level by evolving service delivery systems and extending support for energy efficient buildings and transport.

UMC helps local governments identify institutional and financial challenges to initiate energy efficiency measures, strengthen policies and prepare strategic plans.

Energy Conservation Building Code: Implementation Road Map for Madhya Pradesh


Location: Madhya Pradesh

Duration: February 2016


The Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) was launched by the Ministry of Power, Government of India in May 2007, as the first step towards promoting energy efficiency in the building sector. The purpose of this Code is to provide minimum requirements for an energy-efficient design and for the construction of buildings. It clearly defines buildings that fall under the scope of ECBC-implementation. Buildings that meet the defined criteria, can strive to meet the minimum energy performance according to the code. Given this, it is felt as essential that all new buildings conforming to the criteria be designed and built with energy-efficiency considerations right at the onset. It is expected that the implementation of the code will help reduce the energy demand in commercial buildings significantly.

The state governments may choose to amend and implement the code to suit the local context. Each state has a designated agency for the implementation of the code. In the case of MP, Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam (MPUVN) is the State Designated Agency (SDA).   In this context, it is essential to define the scope of the ECBC proposed for implementation in the state of MP.

UMC with the technical support of CEPT University prepared an implementation road map for Madhya Pradesh. The process of preparing the road map included the flowing tasks: 

  1. A detailed assessment of the existing building permission process was undertaken in two of the largest municipal corporations of the state- Indore Municipal Corporation and the Bhopal Municipal Corporation. This was done to understand the current strengths and challenges in the existing building permission process in order to suggest an appropriate and implementable roadmap.  This process included the mapping of the existing institutional framework and stakeholders and their roles and responsibilities and they have been put in context with the implementation of the code. Along with these emerging challenges for ECBC’s implementation in the state were also presented.
  2. During the course of studying the existing institutional framework for the purpose of making recommendations for ECBC implementation in MP, ECBC enforcement, as well as compliance models that have already been implemented in various states in India, were studied and assessed for their applicability in the context of MP.                                                                                                                                                                
  3. The existing institutional setup in MP was mapped for a clear understanding of the institutional framework within which the proposed ECBC would be embedded UMC listed all relevant government departments in Madhya Pradesh and mapped various state and private stakeholders using the following methodology:null Research on the organizational structure of the Government of Madhya Pradesh (GoMP) and departments of new and renewable energy, and its linkages with other state departments such as the Urban Development and Environment Department (UD&ED).
    null Discussions with the officials of the BEE, MPUVN, UD&ED, and ULBs regarding the enforcement and implementation of ECBC in Madhya Pradesh.
    null Key informant interviews with practicing professionals and experts.
    null Several anticipated challenges in ECBC were identified in regard to implementation of ECBC in Madhya Pradesh
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Implementation of Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) in ULBs of Gujarat


Client: Govt. of Gujarat, GEDA, Shakti Foundation

Location: Gujarat


Looking at an imminent need to promote energy conservation in India, the Indian Parliament passed the Energy Conservation Act 2001, in the year 2001. Energy Conservation building codes in commercial buildings with a connected load of 500 KWA or more is one of the measures enlisted in the Act that deals with several other mandatories as well as promotional measures. To facilitate the implementation of the Energy Conservation Act, the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), an autonomous body under the Ministry of Power was set up in 2002. Development of energy conservation building codes comes under the promotional functions assigned to BEE. 

BEE has developed a draft Energy Conservation Building Code titled: The Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) 2006. The purpose of this code is to provide minimum requirements for the energy-efficient design and construction of buildings.  While the code has been recommended for all building stock, it has been proposed to make the ECBE mandatory for all new buildings that have a connected load of 500 kW or greater or a contract demand of 600 kVA or greater. The code is also applicable to all buildings with a conditioned floor area of 1,000 m2 (10,000 ft2) or greater. In the state of Gujarat, the Gujarat Energy Development Agency (GEDA) is the designated nodal agency by the BEE. 

UMC’s role was to work with select ULBs to facilitate the implementation of the ECBC in these cities. This included training and capacity building, a thorough understanding of the ULB processes, and regular handholding to ensure sustainability. UMC undertook the following activities:

  1. Understood and scrutinized the existing building plan approval process and appropriately modified the formats/ guidelines/ toolkits/ codes accordingly.
  2. Identified project in discussion with ULBs.
  3. Reviewed technical formats/ guidelines/ toolkits/ codes prepared to ensure smooth technical transfer to ULBs.
  4. Arranged Technical capacity enhancement workshops of ULBs to assess pilot buildings using ECBC formats/ guidelines/ toolkits/ codes.


Related Resource Documents 

For more information contact us at info@umcasia.org 




Energy Conservation Building Code: Implementation Road Map for Madhya Pradesh

Implementation of Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) in ULBs of Gujarat