For India to plan investments in buildings efficiency as a means of economic recovery, collaboration and trust between national and subnational, state and non-state actors is critical
The pandemic has also exposed the handling of the construction workforce in our cities. In the wake of the nationwide lockdown, some labourers were forced to stay back while others were forced to return to their homes. Most of those who remained were crowded into makeshift housing at construction sites to prevent delays as lockdown restrictions are lifted, and economic activity restarted.
For India to plan investments in buildings efficiency as a means of economic recovery, collaboration and trust between national and subnational, state and non-state actors is critical. This will ensure alignment of policy, schemes, capacity building and finance. Based on India’s experience implementing building efficiency policies and programs thus far, we have identified three areas of interventions to strengthen this vertical integration. The Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) was developed as the primary policy instrument for long-term energy efficient transformation of the buildings sector. The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), has driven ECBC roll-out through ECBC cells that bring technical expertise and help cities enforce and incorporate codes in the city by-laws and regulations.
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