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Power Ministry Launches Energy Conservation Building Code for Residential Buildings


Making an effort towards energy efficiency, the government of India has launched the Energy Conservation Building Code for residential Buildings on the occasion of National Energy Conservation Day 2018 in the presence of Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Power Minister Raj Kumar Singh.

The new rule “Eco Niwas Samhita 2018” has been launched to benefit the occupants and environment by promoting efficiency in the design and construction of homes, apartments and townships. With the launch of this Energy Conservation Building Code, the Government is aiming to save 125 Billion Units of electricity per year by 2030, which is equivalent to 100 million tons of CO2 emission.

Speaking on the occasion, Raj Kumar Singh, Minister of Power, stated that the building sector will have the highest growth in energy demand in the coming 10-15 years. The government is encouraging all building professionals including architects, and builders to generate awareness towards energy conservation while constructing new residential homes.

The Code has been prepared after extensive consultations with the stakeholders, which included: architects & experts building material suppliers and developers. Climate and energy-related data were considered for listing the parameters in the code. Initially, Part I of the Code was launched which prescribed minimum standards for building envelope designs with the purpose of designing energy-efficient residential buildings. The Code will assist the architects and builders who are involved in the design and construction of new residential complexes in different parts of the country.

The 462-meter-tall Lakhta Tower, the tallest building in Europe has used Trosifol® glass. The building occupies a 170,000 sq m footprint on the shores of the Gulf of Finland in the Primorsky District, some 10 km northwest of St. Petersburg’s city centre. Designed by the RMJM partnership under Tony Kettle’s direction, the project was managed by ZAO Gorprojekt, and the work was planned by Samsung Production.

As a modern business centre with many public functions, the building is intended to form the hub of a new downtown and take the strain off the historic city centre.

Before the start of the World Cup 2018 in Russia, the fitters from façade constructor Gartner − aided by roped industrial climbers − installed the last of the 3 x 4 m glass panes at heights of over 300 m, without helicopter assistance. This oversized needle, with its curved glass façade, now stands majestically over the Gulf of Finland, welcoming approaching cruise ships from afar. Over 3,000 people were involved in the construction, with some 600 Russian and international companies. Over 20,000 people from 18 countries were involved in the project’s full realization.

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