April 2020


A new reality has gripped the world, even as lockdowns across the world gradually ease and workplaces prepare to reopen. Human health has become the foremost priority in each sphere. Everyday spaces are being reconfigured to accommodate social distancing, adequate ventilation and easy cleaning. Governments continue to discourage large gatherings and non-essential travel. 
Businesses are turning local, rather than global. For many, working from home and using digital tools for collaboration has become the new normal. While every industry faces a certain measure of uncertainty and risk ahead, the growing undercurrent of innovation can help build a strong, resilient and safe post-COVID world.
We are continuing the BEE nZEB Feasibility Study amidst the lockdown
EDS is conducting feasibility studies for 100 existing buildings to be converted to nearly zero energy buildings (Energy Performance Index i.e. EPI < 15kWh/sqm/yr). Amidst the current lockdown, we have re-strategised the way forward. In place of site visits for data collection, we are now conducting online sessions with participating project teams. Apply now to receive a free feasibility analysis for your project.
Webinar on May 22: Accessible and Affordable Green Housing
Green homes can be low-cost. Amidst the rapid urbanization in India, it is possible to bridge the 20 million deficit for affordable homes without compromising on sustainability. This webinar focuses on market mechanisms and policies that can propel the affordable green housing market in the country.
Watch the NZEB Knowledge series on our Youtube Channel
The NZEB Knowledge webinar series brings on board experts to discuss design, technology, policy and skills for NZEBs. The NZEB India Youtube channel features a collection of all past webinars.
Self-assess energy and water savings for your project using EDGE app
An innovation by IFC, the EDGE application is a free resource to design resource-efficient buildings. The app can quickly demonstrate energy savings due to different energy conservation measures, calculate the utility savings and reduced carbon footprint of your green building against a base case. Further, utility savings are adjusted according to regional tariffs. Explore

Featured Project

ArthaLand Century Pacific Tower, Phillipines

ArthaLand Century Pacific Tower is a 30-storey net-zero carbon office building, certified under the EDGE rating system. The building has projected energy savings of 45% and 100% utility hydroelectric energy supply. Its energy-saving features include higher thermal performance glass, reflective paint on the roof, efficient lighting fixtures with occupancy and daylight sensors, an energy recovery system and a Variable Refrigerant Volume (VRV) Cooling System. The building uses low-embodied energy materials for window framing, roof and floor slabs and external curtain walls. Read more.

Global Updates

Guidelines for ACs and fans to control coronavirus spread in buildings
The government has advised workplaces, residences and healthcare facilities to follow air conditioning and ventilation guidelines compiled by ISHRAE. The temperature of home-run ACs should be between 24°C-30 °C and the humidity between 40%-70%. Rooms should be ventilated even when ACs are not running. Read more
India considers mandatory hydro-power targets for states
Hydropower, part of India's large-scale renewable energy addition program, gained further recognition in the recent 9-minute country-wide power blackout. Its flexible power generation capability played a key role in ensuring grid stability. In response to that, new projects are set to get a big push with mandatory hydropower procurement targets planned for all state discoms. Read more
IEA releases Global Energy Review 2020
The report notes an average 18-25% decline in energy demand per week in countries under lockdown. COVID-19 is predicted to result in 6% reduction in energy demand contracts, the largest ever in absolute terms. Read more
Shell announces 2050 net-zero emissions target
This is part of an overall trend amongst major oil players to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of the business, by gradually switching to renewables, natural gas and new technologies. Read more
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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. 
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