Buildings

The buildings sector is responsible for one third of India's total electricity consumption. Rapid urbanization is leading to an increase in the demand for electricity at a rate higher than can be matched by supply. In such a scenario, it is imperative to invest in energy efficient building construction and avoid the long term lock-in effect of inefficient, high energy consuming building structures.

Shakti is supporting the roll out of the Energy Conservation Buildings Code (ECBC) in India through various means - strengthening the compliance environment; supporting the development of incentives and penalty systems; facilitating the groundwork needed to develop a labelling system for building materials, and finally, supporting the ECBC implementation ecosystem in identifying and plugging potential gaps.

The Buildings programme is currently focusing on the states of Gujarat and Tamil Nadu, extending support to the state governments in developing their implementation roadmaps. These roadmaps will aid implementation blueprints for other states. The Buildings programme is working extensively on all aspects of the roll out and subsequent compliance of the ECBC especially in the synchronization of key stakeholders - state governments, Industry, builders, architects, implementing authorities, civil society organisations and the Bureau of Energy efficiency.

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  • Improving efficiency in the urban built environment

    Rapid urbanisation requires adequate provision for urban infrastructure, buildings and services to meet the needs of the increasing population in cities.>>

  • Responding to the Urban Heat Island effect

    Responding to the Urban Heat Island effect is essential for low-carbon urban growth in the country.>>

  • Revision of CPWD specifications and schedule of rates for ECBC compliance

    Recommendations to revise the existing CPWD documents to integrate Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) compliant specifications>>

  • Cool Roofs for Cool Delhi

    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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    It will be a less boisterous but - as is widely hoped - a cleaner Diwali in Delhi and its neighbourhood this year with the Supreme Court today banning the sale of firecrackers till November 1, saying it wants to assess the impact on the air quality.>>

    NDTV |  09 Oct 2017
    India among the worst affected by climate change: IMF study

    A study on the impact of climate change by the International Monetary Fund, or IMF, shows countries in the tropics will be the worst affected as a result of global warming. A one degree rise in temperature can cause India’s per capita output to fall by 1.33 percentage points. >>

    Livemint |  02 Oct 2017
  • The importance of data in smart cities

    Data sources are everywhere around us, ranging from smart phones and computers, to Global Positioning System (GPS) and social media sites. Effective analysis and utilization of this data is going to be a key factor for success in the smart cities initiative, by making the data available in one place through a framework that is clean, well labelled and allows better processing and consumption.>>

    Livemint |  25 Sep 2017
    India records highest-ever renewable energy generation

    India generated 10.2 Billion Units (BUs) of electricity in June from green energy sources including solar, wind, biomass and small hydro -- 26 per cent more than 8.1 BUs of renewable energy generated in the same month last year and 17 per cent more than 8.6 Bus generated in the previous month (May 2017), research and ratings agency India Ratings has said in a report. >>

    The Economic Times |  19 Sep 2017
  • NGT refuses to lift ban on 10-year-old diesel vehicles in Delhi-NCR

    The National Green Tribunal has dismissed the Union government’s plea asking for modification in its order banning 10-year-old diesel vehicles in Delhi-NCR. The green court has noted that emission from diesel vehicles is carcinogenic in nature and one diesel vehicle causes pollution equivalent to 24 petrol vehicles or otherwise 40 CNG vehicles.>>

    Hindustan Times |  14 Sep 2017
    Development must be climate-smart

    As the frequency of extreme weather events increases, urbanisation has to heed ecological principles. Development needs to be climate-smart, but also avoid social and institutional challenges such as moral hazard. >>

    The Hindu |  07 Sep 2017
  • Combating air pollution: Delhi-NCR may get common air quality index

    The National Capital Region, often claimed to be the one of the worst polluted zones in the world, would soon get a common Air Quality Index (AQI), which would give a more accurate picture of the air quality.>>

    Hindustan Times |  03 Sep 2017
    Street lighting programme lights up 50,000 km of roads with 3 million LEDs

    The Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP) has led to the illumination of 50,000 km of Indian roads with installation of 30 lakh LED street lights across the country. The installation of 30 lakh LED street lights has resulted in 39 crore kwh of annual energy savings. >>

    The Economic Times |  20 Aug 2017
  • India may become 1st nation using LED for all lights by 2019

    Power Minister Piyush Goyal said that India will probably be the first country in the world to use LEDs for all lighting needs by 2019, which would help the nation save over Rs 40,000 crore a year.>>

    The Economic Times |  16 Aug 2017
    India ratifies second commitment period of Kyoto Protocol

    India has ratified the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol that commits countries to contain the emission of greenhouse gases, reaffirming its stand on climate action. With this, the country has become the 80th country to accept the amendment relating to the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, the international emissions reduction treaty. >>

    The Economic Times |  09 Aug 2017

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