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Star Rating Power Scheme for Hospital Buildings in India

New Delhi: The voluntary scheme for star rating of commercial buildings was developed with an aim to create a market pull for energy efficient buildings. Currently the scheme is applicable to three categories of buildings i. e. Day use Office buildings, Shopping Malls and BPOs. The rating plan is prepared by developing bandwidths for the Energy Performance Index (EPI) of buildings in that sector. Star rating scheme for hospital buildings has been developed in order to promote energy efficiency in hospital buildings. This scheme rates the actual performance of the hospital building based on a statistical model using regression and distribution analysis. The model is calibrated from sample data across various climatic zones and focuses on the key drivers of energy consumption including location, physical and operational characteristics. Considering that hospital buildings have complex and sophisticated engineering systems, their operations are energy intensive as they are used 24 x 7 throughout the year. Therefore in order to promote energy efficiency in hospital buildings, Star rating scheme for hospital buildings has been developed. This scheme rates the actual performance of the hospital building based on a statistical model using regression and distribution analysis. The model is calibrated from sample data across various climatic zones and focuses on the key drivers of energy consumption including location, physical and operational characteristics. Bureau of Energy Efficiency has developed the schedules for the star labeling of Diesel Generator (DG ) set on voluntary basis in association with Petroleum Conservation Research Association ( PCRA). It has been estimated that DG set could achieve an efficiency 36.48% from the existing average efficiency of 33.16%, which may save Rs. 79 crore in the first year of implementation with total saving fuel Consumption 12.88 Thousand Metric Tons (TMT) per year under the proposed voluntary Standard &Labeling ( S&L) programme. Diesel Generator Sets with engine capacity up to 19 kW ratings are covered under phase 1 of Program . The Diesel Generator set must comply with latest statutory requirements of the government. Shri Piyush Goyal Minister of State (I/C) for Power, Coal, and New & Renewable Energy, will launch three energy efficient initiatives at 11 am, on Tuesday, 2nd September 2014, at DRDO Bhawan here. The initiatives developed by Bureau of Energy Efficiency under Ministry of Power include Design Guidelines for Energy Efficient Multi-Story Residential Building Star Rating for Hospital Buildings and for Diesel Generators. Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum and Natural Gas will deliver the keynote address at the function. Design Guidelines for ‘Energy-Efficient Multi-Storey Residential Buildings’ is developed with the objective to provide a comprehensive information on how to design energy-efficient multi-storey residential buildings. The guidelines take into account different climatic conditions prevailing in the country. Current guidelines are applicable to Composite and Hot-Dry Climates of India. The guidelines can be used by the agencies or persons involved in the regulation, design, and construction of multi-storey residential buildings in urban areas such as private and government sector developers and builders, architects and other design professionals, and urban local bodies. It is estimated that by adopting these guidelines, electricity savings of around 50 are possible.

About Sanjay Trivedi

Sanjay Trivedi is honorary editor of Asia Times. He is senior Indian Journalist having vast experience of 25 years. He worked in Janmabhoomi, Vyapar, Divya Bhaskar etc. newspapers and TV9 Channel as well as www.news4education.com. He also served as Media Officer in Gujarat Technological University.

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