The Himachal Pradesh Energy Conservation Building Code (HPECBC) 2018 was on Monday notified in the state to reduce energy consumption demand in commercial buildings. With this, Himachal has become first state in the country to achieve this milestone.

This policy will be implemented in its true sense after the successful incorporation of its provisions in Town and Country Planning Rules by Town and Country Planning Department

A spokesman of the Directorate of Energy said this code has been formed by Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Union Power ministry under Energy Conservation Act 2001 and every state needs to amend and notify the code based on local climatic conditions for effective implementation on ground.

“With the mandatory implementation of the HPECBC and Rules, 2018, every commercial building such as educational institutes, shopping complex, hotels, hospitals, and multiplexes etc having builtup area of 750 m2 or more shall be granted planning permission by approval or development authority only after the compliance of the provisions of this Code. The HPECBC-2018 is expected to reduce the energy consumption demand of commercial buildings by 30 per cent,” he said.