Chandigarh Implements Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) after 17 years


UT Administration adopted CECBC (Chandigarh Energy Conservation Building Code) in Chandigarh after its compilation and release by Central Government’s Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) in 2007. Chandigarh is one of the last places to adopt these rules especially since all neighbouring states have been following the building codes for quite a while now. Implementation of these codes has helped states save up to 30% energy.

The codes were formulated in 2007 and were made mandatory in 2017. Work on implementation in Chandigarh started in 2017. UT Administration set up a high level committee to discuss and implement the new codes. However, it took more than 7 years for UT Administration to implement the codes. The new building codes will be in effect from 1 May, 2024.

UT Administration sought help of AIISSG (All India Institute of Local Self-Government) to implement these codes and the draft was prepared in 2023 and was put up discussion and review.

The following buildings fall under the purview of the new codes –

For now, the building codes are mandatory for the commercial building whose connected load is more than 50kW or their contract demand is 60kVA or more or have built-up area of more than 2000 sq m (excluding non-conditioned spaces in basement) or have a plot area of more than 1000 sq m.

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