‘National building code will have clauses to reduce power consumption’

COIMBATORE: All commercial buildings, especially malls, hotels and multiplexes that consume more than one million units of electricity a year would be given a target to reduce their power consumption by around 6%-7%, said officials attached to the Bureau of Energy Efficiency.

The union power ministry, in association with state governments, would soon survey and identify the buildings that fall under this category and targets would be fixed based on the building design.

A national building code or promotion of green buildings was always the key focus area of the power ministry to reduce energy consumption, said the director general of Bureau of Energy Efficiency B P Pandey. “”We will bring in a national building code with clauses for commercial buildings that consume more than one million units of electricity a year to bring it down by 6%-7% initially,” he said.

Pandey said individual targets would be fixed for each building based on its design. “If a building has already taken energy saving measures and falls under green building category, its target will be low,” he said, adding, “The process to audit, survey, identify and notify such buildings has already begun.”

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