Policy mandates energy efficient buildings in India state
All new constructions in Maharashtra, India, will have to be eco-friendly and comply with the energy-efficiency regulations, reports the Times of India.
The mandate is one of the highlights of the electricity-conservation policy that has been cleared by the state cabinet.
The state government will be amending the development control rules (DCR) to make it mandatory for all new constructions to follow “green building guidelines.”
If the new norms are flouted, the final occupation certificate can be withheld and notices can also be issued to the developer, the paper reports.
The guidelines will have a bearing on upcoming construction projects in the state.
"The policy has to be practical. Nearly 90 percent of new construction sites in the city are SRA or BDD chawls redevelopment projects, and in these projects there is hardly any space on the terrace for a solar panels. One policy will not work for all kinds of construction," said Nayan Shah of Mayfair Housing.
"There should a provision for self-certification. It will add to the number of approvals that a builder has to secure from the authorities."
Green buildings are equipped with efficient systems to save 40-50 percent power consumption and 20-30 percent water consumption, besides enhanced ventilation, strong “daylighting,” superior sanitation, well-being and systems that boost occupants' productivity. There are a record 750 such buildings in the city.
"New buildings will have to adhere to the green building norms, especially for energy conservation. No permission will be given if the plan is not in line with the norms," power minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule said.
Maharashtra has become the first state in the country to have an energy-conservation policy and is hoping to save an estimated 1,000 megawatts in the next five years, the paper reports.
The policy also makes it mandatory for all the government and semi-government buildings to replace their existing tubelights and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) with LEDs, and the government will also give incentives to individual households that replace bulbs and tubelights.
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