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K.A. Martin takes a look at the new energy efficiency norms imposed on commercial buildings

The State government has, through Energy Conservation (Energy Consumption Standards for Equipment and Appliances) Directions 2015, made it mandatory for all new buildings requiring a connected load of 100 Kw, contracted demand of 120 kVA, having air-conditioned area of 500 sq.m., to comply with Kerala State Energy Conservation Building Code.

“This requirement is applicable to all buildings/building complexes such as offices, hotels, shopping complexes, private hospitals, godowns and other buildings that are not primarily used for manufacturing processes,” said the June 20 Extraordinary Gazette notification.

The notification has also made it mandatory for buildings falling under the Kerala Energy Efficiency Building Code to conduct energy audit by those authorised by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency at intervals prescribed by BEE or Kerala Energy Management Centre and EMC has to issue a report to the Chief Electrical inspector based on the energy audit report.

Commercial buildings not falling under the Energy Conservation Building Code have been ordered not to use incandescent lamps or wound chokes. The use of sodium and mercury vapour lamps has also been banned under the orders.

The commercial buildings must use only BEE-certified products and equipment for better energy efficiency. If BEE-certified products are not available, the users must stick to ISS-certification for choice of equipment and appliances.

Commercial building owners have also been told to optimise the light power density as per the guidelines of Energy Efficiency Building Code.

All commercial buildings requiring a connected load of 10 kW and has the facility to install photo voltaic system must meet at least 10 per cent of its power requirements through installation of solar photo voltaic generation facility or wind hybrid system.

These buildings have also been told to meet all hot water requirements through photo voltaic generation heating system

Under the latest government directives, the designated consumers have been ordered to file energy consumption and generation data for every financial year as prescribed by the Energy Management Centre. Any violation will attract penalty under Section 26 of the Energy Conservation Act.



All commercial buildings requiring a connected load of 10 kW must meet at least 10 per cent of its requirements through installation of solar photo voltaic generation facility.



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