Technical committee meets on green buildings

Technical committee meets on green buildings
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The Municipal Administration and Urban Development Department on Tuesday convened the technical committee for the implementation of Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) and Cools Roofs.

Hyderabad: The Municipal Administration and Urban Development Department on Tuesday convened the technical committee for the implementation of Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) and Cools Roofs.

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) Commissioner B Janardhan Reddy said cool roofs are a good solution for the city and the civic body will work towards creating awareness among the citizens and stakeholders.

He said GHMC had also initiated the process of empanelment of Architects, Civil Engineers, and Environmental Design Professionals as third party assessors for Energy Conservation Compliance Certification for Commercial Buildings above 1000 square metres and expression of interest is also received from the interested individuals and firms. The empanelment process will be completed within a week.

In the meeting, chaired by the GHMC Commissioner, members identified cool roofs as an effective low-cost solution to minimize the impact of heat and save energy at the same time. Planning ahead for the next summer, the city is now looking to scale up cool roofs to curb the impact of severe heat-waves.

Janardhan Reddy said the recent pilot project on cool roofs carried out in the Devarakonda Basti, Banjara Hills by ASCI, IIIT Hyderabad and NRDC had shown promising results and similar results were observed in Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation initiative on cool roofs. He said the civic body is also working towards taking necessary steps on actively promoting cool roofs before the start of next summer season.

Meanwhile, as part of Telangana’s Energy Conservation Action Plan, the State designated agency Telangana Renewable Energy Development Corporation (TSREDCO) will integrate cool roofs as one of their strategic goals.

It is also proposed to establish an exclusive ECBC Cell in GHMC with the help of National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and United Nation Development Program - Bureau of Energy Efficiency – Global Environment Facility (UNDP-BEE-GEF) to help GHMC officials to scrutiny the proposals and Architects to prepare plans / proposals in conformity with ECBC.

Telangana is the first State to prepare and adopt Energy Conservation Building Code and a pioneer in implementing the Code following which the ECBC will become mandatory.

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