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Grid-Interactive Net Zero Energy Buildings
Grid-Interactive Net Zero Energy Buildings (G-NZEB) can be described as ‘highly energy-efficient, grid-connected buildings that meet their energy needs through renewable means, while maintaining a two-way communication with the grid’. Grid-Interactive Net Zero Energy Buildings are:
Highly energy-efficient, optimizing building design and featuring thermally appropriate walls & windows, high-performance appliances, and efficient systems to reduce both net energy consumption and peak demand.
Interactive and connected, maintaining two-way communication with the grid.
Smart, using data analytics to optimally manage loads, occupant preferences, and grid requirements.
Flexible, dynamically adjusting and optimizing their energy loads.
The buildings, utilities, and the grid form symbiotic entities of the G-NZEB web. We will soon be bringing to you the ZerO-In platform which will explain concepts, definitions, terminologies, dialogues, and resources on grid-interactive high performing buildings, especially in the context of their development in India and South Asia. Stay tuned for more details!
View new case studies on the NZEB Portal
This section on the NZEB website is populated with case studies of energy-efficient and net-zero energy buildings with a focus on India aiming to provide insights on the feasibility of the concept. So far, this year, we have added six new case studies in India and three in South Asia which are low-energy buildings. If you are interested in showcasing your project on our platform, please share details through this form.
Green Conversations: Organic India Production Facility | Sep 16, 2021
The 12 million square feet Integrated Production Facility for Organic India in Lucknow is a campus designed to support the production, processing, and administrative functions of the holistic wellness brand. This building imbibes local influences to create a sustainable built environment. A gamut of passive design techniques - including terracotta filler slabs in the large-span spaces, and recessed openings to cut out the solar glare, courtyards and lightwells, among other interventions have accorded the project a LEED Platinum rating. This live webinar will bring together Mr. Balram Singh (CEO, Organic India), Mr. Siddhartha Talwar (Principal, Studio Lotus), Mr. Gurneet Singh (Director, EDS) showcasing the project features, sharing their experience about bringing this project to life and their perspectives on sustainability.
2 degrees of warming would unravel differently across various cities. We need to identify what kind of interventions are required to respond to its effects. On August 20, in our 45th webinar, Dr. Mahesh Rajasekar explained how we can mainstream climate actions as part of ongoing developmental activities and make the difference in achieving net zero emissions by 2050. He discussed the key findings from the Climate-Smart Cities Assessment Framework (CSCAF) 2.0. The primary objective of the assessment was not to rank cities but to provide a pathway for the cities. Dr. Rajasekar explained through this extensive study we can understand where cities stand today and what are the next steps to ensure that the interventions and development activities are informed considering multiple stakeholders.
What do you think matters more?
Reducing energy use by design
Switching from fossil fuel to clean energy
Here are the results:
We got 135 responses out of which 62% of the votes were for reducing energy use by design and 38% for switching to fossil fuels. Many of you shared your thoughts with us, some of them are listed below.
“Reducing energy use by design utilizes first principles”
“Switching from fossil fuels to clean energy will have an immediate and exponentially higher chance of reducing pollution and slowing down climate change. Reducing energy use by design will have a long-term effect on climate change, as of current we need both immediate and long-term strategies but immediate solutions will benefit us soon.”
“Even if we reduce energy by design we will still be dependent on conventional sources which are non-renewable. Hence clean and renewable energy sources are the way ahead.
The latest IPCC climate report clearly establishes that global temperature rise is inevitable and also states “About 85 percent of CO2 emissions are from burning fossil fuels. Global warming stays below 2℃ during this century only under scenarios where CO2 emissions reach net-zero around or after 2050."
In this context, considering a timeline of the year 2050, do you think Net-Zero buildings can help mitigate climate change? Not energy, but material choice will have a greater impact
Scaling up NZEBs will be a game-changer
OR Focus on other sectors since there is not much time
The form is anonymous. We will share a summary of the responses next month.
The Unnati Office Building is the regional headquarter (North) for Gainwell Commosales Pvt. Ltd., part of a larger 5 acre campus. Passive design strategies have been integrated with the building design which reduces the total diversified air conditioning load to about 90 tons for 33,500 sqft. Some of the design features include truss reinforced insulated concrete panels, roof insulation, 30% window to wall ratio, adequate shading, high performance glazing, radiant cooling with water cooled AHUs, natural ventilation, lighting power density of 0.36 W/sqft and many more. The well planned building enables 90% of the office spaces, including the core and service areas to receive uniformly distributed daylight. The building performs 59% better than a conventional office building in the region, and 40% of the building energy consumption is met through on site renewable energy generation making this an exemplary high-performance building. Further, it is the first building in India to be certified Platinum under LEED v4 BD+C:NC rating in 2018. Read the detailed case study.
Upcoming global events
25th International Passive House Conference | September 10-12,14 and 15, 2021
The annual conference by the Passive House Institute is a forum for professionals to learn more about the latest Passive House developments. The hybrid event will be held in two parts. From 10 to 12 September 2021, the first part of the conference will be broadcast live from Wuppertal. On 14 and 15 September 2021, the second part of the conference will take place as an online-only event. Read more
Greenbuild | September 21 to 23, 2021
Greenbuild is the annual flagship event of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) for green building professionals worldwide where attendees learn and source solutions to improve resilience, sustainability and quality of life in our buildings, cities and communities. The hybrid event will be conducted in San Diego. Read more
Upcoming global events
Apply for NEERMAN Awards 2021
Energy Code implementation is important to set the path towards achieving high-performing net zero energy buildings for the industry. The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) has announced the National Energy Efficiency Roadmap for Movement towards Affordable & Natural Habitat (NEERMAN) Awards to showcase & encourage exemplary commercial buildings complying with ECBC 2017 and residential buildings complying with Eco-Niwas Samhita 2018 (ENS). Such initiatives can be a catalyst in Code implementation. Deadline for registration has been extended until 30th September. Apply now
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.