Andhra Pradesh

BEEP to help Amaravati have energy-efficient buildings

Grand plans: Pierre Jaboyedoff and Sameer Maithel of the BEEP PMTU, and AP SECM CEO A. Chandra Sekhara Reddy at a seminar in Vijayawada on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: V_RAJU.

Under the Indo-Swiss Building Energy Efficiency Project (BEEP), a bilateral project between the Ministry of Power, Government of India, and the Government of Switzerland, the Project Management and Technical Units (PMTU) of India and Swiss will help the AP Capital Region Development Authority raise energy-efficient and thermally comfortable buildings in Amaravati.

In this regard, BEEP on Tuesday organised a day-long seminar for the officials of the CRDA, builders, and others concerned.

“Switzerland has developed stringent codes for buildings in the last 40 years. It also has the most stringent code in the world for solar protection buildings. Swiss has been No. 1 in innovation in the last five years and the expertise in buildings, practical application, and innovation that we bring can help cities like Amaravati, where there is a chance to introduce new designs and technologies,” said Pierre Jaboyedoff, Senior Engineer and Energy Consultant of the Swiss PMTU, BEEP.

“This project would definitely influence energy efficiency of a city like Amaravati positively and the kind of technology that we advocate will comfort people here,” he said.

CRDA Director (Planning) V. Ramudu said that Amaravati needed development of 120 crore square feet of building area in which 60 crore square feet would be in the core city. “It will have 20-30 crore square feet of residential area, which will come up in the next 20 years,” he said. Mr. Ramudu said that all the structures would be made energy-efficient as part of the project.

Core team members and representatives of BEEP PMTU Dr. Sameer Maithel and Vernica Prakash Kapoor presented various designs of energy- efficient buildings and their case studies and the technical support available under BEEP for designing new buildings in Amaravati.

AP Energy Conservation Mission CEO A. Chandra Sekhara Reddy said that the project would be totally incorporated into the master design of Amaravati, which would be finalised soon.

The SECM had on April 1 started the Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) Cell that exclusively trains officials of the municipal administration, town planning, architects, and engineers.

The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and the Swiss Agency for Development of Cooperation (SDC) of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of the Swiss Confederation are the implementing agencies of the project.

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