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  • Improving efficiency in the urban built environment
    SECTOR Buildings // Undertaken By ICLEI // YEAR 2014
  • Sector Buildings

    Undertaken By ICLEI

    Undertaken By base All India

    Year 2014

    Rapid urbanisation requires adequate provision for urban infrastructure, buildings and services to meet the needs of the increasing population in cities, both effectively and sustainably. However, at the urban level, our understanding of how sustainability and resource efficiency issues might be addressed has been limited. The built environment and within that specifically, environmental norms and energy efficiency are subject to a number of policies, laws and regulations handled in different capacities by a range of Ministries and Departments. They vary by scale – from a level of a building, community or large developments to city level interventions; and also by governance pathways at the local, state and national level. These policies/programmes very often refer to a set of overlapping and sometimes conflicting norms for efficiency in the built environment. Addressing efficiency and sustainability concerns at an urban level offers the potential to optimise energy efficiency interventions with urban design norms, for example, at a community level. To enable this, Shakti partnered with ICLEI, to assess polices which impact urban efficiency and explore possibilities for harmonisation.

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  • Responding to the Urban Heat Island effect
    SECTOR Buildings // Undertaken By AB Lall Architects // YEAR 2014
  • Sector Buildings

    Undertaken By AB Lall Architects

    Undertaken By base All India

    Year 2014

    Urban Heat Island (UHI) is an urban area with higher surface and ambient air temperatures than its surrounding suburban and rural areas. This phenomenon is generally associated with increase in built up area in urban environments. The increase in near-surface air temperatures directly impacts the cooling requirements within buildings leading to a shift towards air-conditioned comfort, while adversely impacting the comfort of pedestrians and cyclists in the city, leading to a shift towards motorised transport. Both of these factors directly impact the energy requirements and further add to the urban anthropogenic heat, creating a vicious cycle. Addressing this Urban Heat Island effect is, therefore, essential for low-carbon urban growth in the country.

    In this backdrop, Shakti commissioned A B Lall Architects to review the current status of research and policy response on the Urban Heat Island effect, and identify potential policy initiatives to help mitigate urban heat island effect.

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  • Third party assessor framework for ECBC compliance checking
    SECTOR Buildings // Undertaken By The Weidt Group // YEAR 2012
  • Sector Buildings

    Undertaken By The Weidt Group

    Undertaken By base All India

    Year 2012

    The Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) provides minimum requirements for energy-efficient design and construction of buildings. When ECBC is adopted, compliance with these requirements shall be a significant challenge for the construction industry as well as the local government agencies that shall enforce it and BEE’s State Designated Agencies that are responsible for the overall implementation. A Third Party Assessor approach solves several challenges to Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) compliance: it utilizes experts and individuals who have the requisite understanding of civil, mechanical and electrical engineering issues which is not easily available with staff in the building departments of Urban Local Bodies (ULB); it moves effort for capacity building for ECBC to the private sector and offers them a monetary incentive; it enables quality assurance, measurement and improvement of compliance over time uniformly across the country.

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  • Catalyzing leadership on building energy efficiency by real estate developers
    SECTOR Buildings // Undertaken By Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC) // YEAR 2012
  • Sector Buildings

    Undertaken By Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC)

    Undertaken By base All India

    Year 2012

    Leadership by real estate developers and financial institutions is crucial to shift India’s buildings market toward cost-saving and energy efficient buildings. Shakti collaborated with the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) to engage India’s real estate community and financial groups to better understand the buildings market and push for the construction of more energy-efficient buildings.

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  • Constructing Change: Accelerating energy efficiency in India’s buildings market
    SECTOR Buildings // Undertaken By Administrative Staff Colleges of India (ASCI) // YEAR 2011
  • Sector Buildings

    Undertaken By Administrative Staff Colleges of India (ASCI)

    Undertaken By base All India

    Year 2011

    Leadership by State and Local governments, real estate developers and financial institutions is crucial to shift India’s buildings market toward cost-saving and energy efficient buildings. This report by NRDC and ASCI evaluates the challenges and builds a road-map with actions for each of these three stakeholders to capitalize on the opportunity to save energy.

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  • Cool Roofs for Cool Delhi
    SECTOR Buildings // Undertaken By Environmental Design Solutions (EDS) // YEAR 2011
  • Sector Buildings

    Undertaken By Environmental Design Solutions (EDS)

    Undertaken By base All India

    Year 2011

    Bureau of Energy Efficiency along with Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, supported the development of the cool roof manual on the request of the Delhi Chief Minister. Design of the roof of a building is critical to its energy consumption and is responsible for about one-fifth of the total heat gain in a building. This is crucial in its impact on the air-conditioning requirement for the building. Cool roofs provide a low cost solution that reduces daytime heat flow through the roof and decreases air-conditioning use by keeping indoor temperatures 6 to 8 degrees lower. They also help in improving occupant comfort level and mitigate the urban heat island effects.

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  • Tiered approach of ECBC compliance
    SECTOR Buildings // Undertaken By The Weidt Group // YEAR 2011
  • Sector Buildings

    Undertaken By The Weidt Group

    Undertaken By base All India

    Year 2011

    This grant helped develop an easy method of implementation of energy conservation building code in the states. The resulting collaborative study between Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT) and Weidt Group recommended a tiered approach for the implementation process. The approach was easy to implement and popular among states leading them to adopt it enthusiastically and with ease. By facilitating energy conservation building code implementation, this grant contributed to the target of a strong, contemporary and India- relevant ECBC Code that is adopted by 90% of all new applicable commercial construction It helped evolve a replicable model that appeals to governments because it is easy to implement owing to the phased manner of introduction. The popularity of the approach is evident from the buy-in from the governments.

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  • Revision of CPWD specifications and schedule of rates for ECBC compliance
    SECTOR Buildings // Undertaken By The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI) // YEAR 2011
  • Sector Buildings

    Undertaken By The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI)

    Undertaken By base All India

    Year 2011

    To ensure effective implementation of the ECBC and building energy efficiency measures in India, it is imperative that all major government and private organizations in the country adopt building energy efficiency as an inherent part of their construction process. All across India, for building-related works like developing building specifications, preparing estimates, floating tenders and developing contracts, organizations have been referring to Central Public Works Department (CPWD) documents – CPWD Specifications, Plinth Area Rates, Delhi Schedule of Rates and Analysis of Rates. This grant to TERI was to provide recommendations to revise the existing CPWD documents to integrate Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) compliant specifications to facilitate the integration of energy efficient building measures in all building contract documents from the pre-design stage itself and make it an inherent part of the existing building construction process.

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