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Opinion: The Passive House approach for warm climates
The Passive House concept is based on the goal of reducing heat losses to an absolute minimum, thus rendering large cooling and heating systems unnecessary. Stringent performance requirements of the Standard ensure thermal comfort with least energy use possible. Naman Sukhija enumerates how the ‘passive-first’ approach is applicable to all climate zones with examples of PassiveHouse certified projects from the warm regions. He emphasizes that pushing the envelope is key for achieving net-zero goals.
This section on the NZEB website is populated with case studies of energy-efficient and net-zero energy buildings with a focus on India. There is brief information on every project to get pertinent information at a glance. For a deeper and closer look at the projects, there are detailed case studies covering passive design strategies, space conditioning systems with size and performance data, lighting and renewable energy systems among other project-specific information. To feature your project on our website, please share details through this form.
Online courses to develop skills for high-performance building design
Improved performance of both new and existing building stock is crucial for reaching our climate goals. With the right skills and continuous professional development, building industry professionals can influence the future built environment. Here is a list of online courses for 2021 that can aid skill development in climate responsive design, building energy simulations, daylight optimization, green building ratings, among many others.
The NZEB Alliance is a network of innovators and early adopters of NZEBs. The Alliance aims to accelerate the building sector towards NZEB goals by providing an open forum for the exchange of thoughts, ideas, and success stories. The Alliance membership is open to all private and public companies, institutions, associations and individuals interested in advancing NZEB initiatives, energy-efficient technologies, best practices, policies, and programs.
HUMANSCAPES HABITAT - Applied research and demonstration project of Sustainable and Integrated Urban Living | May 13, 2021
Humanscapes is an 18,000-square-foot, net-positive energy, experimental housing complex located in Auroville, India. This mixed-use development of residences, community and workspaces has integrated five goals as part of the sustainable human settlement program, namely - sustainable built environment, integrated environmental planning, human ecology and establishing a collaborative network of knowledge resources. Suhasini Ayer-Guigan from ‘Auroville Design Consultants’ will explain the process from concept to completion of this pioneering project.
SIERRA’s eFACiLiTY® building is a software development centre in Coimbatore, India. This 25,000 sft innovative smart building leverages it’s cutting-edge building management systems (BMS), controls, and automation to reduce its carbon footprint. Climate responsive principles integrated into the design lays the foundation to reduce the energy footprint of the building. Highly energy efficient air conditioning systems with controls further optimize energy use during operations. The building has 80 kW rooftop solar PV and 4.3 kW Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) which meets 80% of the energy demand and about 33% of the energy use further reducing the EPI to 18.8 KWh/m2/year.
100% automation and integration with state of the art BMS takes the building to the next level of efficiency. Notable features include eFACiLiTY® Smart Facility App used for individual comfort control, demand-controlled Diesel Generator, automatic sprinkler cooling system for solar panels and automated need-based operation of water pumping system to control water wastage. The project is also a zero-discharge site by ensuring 100% rainwater harvesting and 100% wastewater treatment to tertiary standards. Read the detailed case study.
AIA honors exceptional designs with its COTE Top Ten Awards
The American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Committee on the Environment (COTE) awards 10 design-projects every year for their significant achievements in advancing climate action on the basis of exemplary performance data, post occupancy lessons and integrated design excellence. Read more.
ITC Windsor becomes the first Hotel in the World to achieve LEED Zero Carbon Certification
ITC Hotels, the world’s largest chain of hotels with the maximum number of LEED Platinum Certified Properties has been accorded yet another distinction by the USGBC (United States Green Building Council), making ITC Windsor, Bengaluru the first hotel in the world to achieve the LEED Zero Carbon Certification. The building is powered by its own wind turbine generators and uses innovative energy-efficient technologies such as electrical boiler, induction burners and other renewable energy.Read more.
CII IGBC launches ‘Mission on Net Zero'
The Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) launched 'Mission on Net Zero' to facilitate a swift transition for India to become one of the foremost countries to achieve net zero by 2050. As part of this mission, more than 250 leading organisations in the building sector have committed to achieve net zero status for their new and existing buildings. The net zero movement can encompass energy, water, waste and carbon. Read more.
About USAID MAITREE program
USAID-led Market Integration and Transformation for Energy Efficiency program (MAITREE) is a four-year bilateral program with the Ministry of Power. MAITREE supports efforts for moving towards a super-efficient and Net Zero Energy target for new buildings. EDS is the implementing partner of this program.