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Zero net energy buildings for energy conservation


Zero-net energy buildings are a new wave of energy reduction and environment-friendly construction, said by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas initiated Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) faculty Dr.K.R.Ramana here on Friday. While addressing a webinar on energy conservation program jointly organized by PCRA Southern Regional Office and GITAM Deemed to be University Mechanical Engineering Department Dr.Ramana said that the world is moving towards the use of non-fossil fuels like the use of solar and wind every individual and industries must consciously use the energy resources.

He said that consumer behaviour pattern is very important for efficient energy utilisation to maintain a quality life. The energy conservation act 2001 provides the regulatory mandate for standards & labelling of equipment and appliances, energy conservation building codes for commercial buildings and energy consumption norms for energy-intensive industries. He mentioned that we can conserve up to 30 percent of our petroleum products usage by following various methods in the country.

Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) Deputy Director Pardha Saradhy said that PCRA is now focussing on Mandatory Energy Audits in the Refinery sector under PAT Cycle-2. He further informed that PCRA is reaching the farming community in Andhra Pradesh for propagating awareness on oil conservation in the agriculture sector. The savings through PCRA’s efforts in the agriculture sector leads to a substantial recurring saving, he added. He informed that PCRA initiated a driver training program for bus drivers in Andhra Pradesh state to promote oil conservation.

GITAM Mechanical Engineering Department Head Prof.MRS Satyanarayana informed that the university is giving high priority to energy conservation and focussing on solar energy production. He said that total of 1070 KW solar power generating units established in GITAM as part of efficient energy usage along with the biogas plant. Indian Association of Energy Management Professionals (IAEMP) energy auditor Harihara Iyer, GITAM faculty Dr.Bhanupavan and others participated in the program.

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