Report by Priaybrata Nayak, Bhubaneswar: Apprehending high expenditure people are not opting for energy efficient ‘green building’, which is a major concern now. So every State government should implement the Energy Conservation in Buildings Code (ECBC) effectively, which would enable reduction of energy conservation in a larger way. This was said at the workshop, ‘regional dialogue on sustainable building’, organized by New Delhi based advocacy group Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) in collaboration with Bhubaneswar Development Authority here on Friday.
SCE Executive director and Consulting Editor of ‘Down To Earth’ Anumita Roychowdhury said as our environment is rapidly changing towards its worst green building have been necessitate. Odisha was the first state to notify ECBC in 2011 and the stake holders in the state government firm on implementing it soon. Though there had been some flaws in the ECBC, states have amended those.
“To comply with the ECBC the concerned state agencies need to chalk out widespread awareness and proper enforcement. In India, buildings are responsible for using 40 per cent of energy, 30 per cent of raw material, 20 per cent of water and 20 per cent of land. These practices resulted in 40 per cent of carbon emission, 30 per cent of solid waste generation, and 20 per cent of water effluents. We are happy to know that the Bhubaneswar Development authority has decided to start the implementation drive within a month,” said Roychowdhury.
BDA planning member Pitabas Sahoo said the most effective way to adopt green and sustainable building concept is comply with the ECBC, which was approved by the state government after amendment in the BDA Planning and Building Standard Regulation on October 31 last. This would force use of solar water heaters for single houses and rooftop solar heating system in upcoming high-rise buildings in the city.
“Use of energy saving methods during construction will be helpful in reducing energy consumption. We are taking help of empanelled architects who have been imparted training and they will provide assistance to the people during construction of buildings. We are also working with other stakeholders like Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation, energy department for construction of energy efficient building,” said Sahoo.
BMC Commissioner Sajib Mishra said before we push people for the green building we should make sure that the raw materials and technical assistance available easily. And all the information should be available on public domains.
During this day long discussion stakeholders from the civil society including architects, realtors, scribes, environmentalists suggested how to achieve the desired goal in near future.