India faces formidable challenges in meeting its energy needs and providing adequate energy in a sustainable manner and at affordable rates. Expanding capacity as well as improving efficiency of energy utilization has to be taken up concurrently. Energy conservation and efficiency efforts were integrated by the Government of India through enactment of the Energy Conservation Act, 2001.
Commercial building space in India is increasing @10% or more due to the growth of the Service sector. Electricity consumption in the commercial sector is about 8% and is increasing @ 11-12% annually. This is due to increased energy intensiveness of newly constructed commercial buildings. Considering the rapid shift in the energy consumption in the commercial buildings, it was felt the need for bringing in efficiency in energy consumption in this area, so as to curtail the growth rate of electricity consumption.
BEE has developed a Star Rating programme for buildings which is based on the actual performance of a building in terms of its specific energy usage in kwh/sq m/year. This programme rates office buildings on a 1-5 Star scale, with 5 Star labelled buildings being the most efficient. The scheme is propagated on a voluntary basis and the label provided under it is applicable for a period of 5 years from the date of issue. Further details about the BEE Star Rated Buildings Scheme can be obtained from the BEE website www.bee.gov.in. The Star Rating programme provides public recognition to energy efficient buildings, and creates a ‘demand side’ pull for such buildings. Various categories of buildings such as office buildings (day use and business process outsourcing (BPOs)), shopping malls, hotels, hospitals and IT parks in the five climatic zones of the country have been identified under the scheme.
HARYANA RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (HAREDA)
Akshaya Urja Bhawan, Sector-17 Panchkula (Haryana) – 134109