ECBC comes into force in Hyderabad -min
Developers of commercial and non-residential buildings with a plot area over 1,000-sq.m or built up area over 2,000-sq.m in Hyderabad will have to henceforth obtain mandatory clearance from a GHMC-empaneled energy auditor certifying compliance with energy conservation rules. Thus, Hyderabad will be the first city in the country to have an online system of mandatory Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) for commercial buildings.
The compliance with ECBC came into force on 2nd January. GHMC has formed a panel with 35 energy auditors and approval by any one of them is mandatory before the application is forwarded for building permission.
At the time of applying for building permission the building plan will be checked for its energy efficiency in terms of lighting, ventilation, landscape orientation, and other aspects determined at the design stage of the building. Again, after the construction is complete it will have to undergo scrutiny with regard to ECBC compliance in terms of energy efficiency of the building material and electrical equipment used such as elevators, AC units, and pump-sets. Occupancy certificate will be issued only after the second round of certification.