India tops globally in LEED Zero certifications of green building projects

India ranks first globally in LEED Zero certified green building projects surpassing the US and China, according to USGBC and GBCI. In India, realty firm DLF and FMCG player ITC are leading in the LEED Zero green certification initiative. Read More

Johnson Controls Launches its Innovation Centre Showcasing OpenBlue

Johnson Controls has launched a Technology Innovation Center in Bengaluru, India. It features India’s first ever experience center that will provide hands-on demonstrations of building technology and showcase Johnson Controls OpenBlue, a suite of connected solutions utilizing cloud, edge, and AI technology, within a fully operational and live environment. Read more

Brandix becomes first Sri Lankan business to join Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment

Brandix, a leading Sri Lankan apparel manufacturer, has made a significant sustainability stride by becoming the first business in Sri Lanka to join the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment. This commitment encompasses 16 of Brandix’s factories, which will now work towards achieving net-zero carbon emissions. Read More

New Parliament building is designed for energy efficiency and to achieve GRIHA certification

The New Parliament building inaugurated on May 28, 2023, has incorporated green building features such as energy & water efficiency, waste water recycling, indoor air quality monitoring, minimal waste generation, and incorporation of native vegetation. Read More

Team V⁰ from Nagpur wins the Solar Decathlon India Design Challenge for Net-Zero Future Proof Building 2022-2023

In the 3rd edition of the Solar Decathlon Challenge, held at the Infosys Campus in Mysuru. Team V⁰ from Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur won the Grand Prize for the most promising and investment-worthy design. Read More

IIT Bombay team wins first runner up position at ‘Solar Decathlon’ competition in US

Team SHUNYA (Sustainable Housing for Urbanising Nations by its Young Aspirants) from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay won second place for their project Vivaan, in the Solar Decathlon Build Challenge in the United States. The team was commended for their innovative net zero carbon, net positive energy and net zero waterhouse designed for hot and humid climatic conditions. Read More

CREDAI signs up with building council for ‘green’ projects

The Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Association of India (CREDAI) has entered into a nationwide tie-up with the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), with a pledge to build more than 1,000 certified green projects in the next two years and 4,000 green projects by 2030 through the adoption of IGBC Green and Net Zero building ratings. Read More

IIT Kanpur inks pact military engineer services to create carbon-neutral army campuses

IIT Kanpur joins hands with the Military Engineer Services (MES) Jhansi to create carbon-neutral army campuses. This partnership aims to transform five cantonment campuses into environmentally conscious spaces by implementing energy-efficient practices, optimizing building design, and incorporating renewable energy solutions. IIT Kanpur and the Indian Army plan to create a carbon-neutral roadmap for the country, leveraging the vast land area covered by Army cantonments to achieve sustainability. Read more

IIT Mandi researchers develop algorithm to improve energy efficiency of buildings

In a significant stride towards efficient HVAC systems, researchers at IIT Mandi have developed a pioneering algorithm for automatic detection of failures in HVAC systems in buildings. This algorithm, powered by machine learning techniques, aims to enhance energy efficiency and maintenance effectiveness by detecting faults in real-time, reducing energy consumption, and optimizing system performance. Read more

Shift towards net-zero buildings; Colliers – RICS report

Colliers organized a three-part series of events in December 2022 in collaboration with RICS school of built environment and the Australia-India Council to discuss issues associated with embodied carbon in the built environment and solutions that can bring about a change. The series aimed at fostering alliances between Australia and India and facilitating partnerships and collaborations to reduce carbon emissions in the built environment. The event was hosted simultaneously in Australia and India and was live-streamed worldwide. Read More

Net-Zero Waste to be mandatory for buildings in India

As part of the government’s plan to reform and modernize waste management practices, all upcoming housing societies and business complexes in India will soon be required to ensure zero waste. Achieving net zero waste involves reducing, reusing, and recovering waste streams (sludge) in order to convert them into useful resources, ensuring no solid waste is disposed of in landfills. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs is likely to issue a directive to all state governments by the end of March 2023, to make this a part of the building by-laws, and assure implementation. Read More

Embodied building emissions can be reduced by 50%

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and Arup, have published a research titled, ‘Net-zero buildings: Halving construction emissions today’, which focuses on lowering upfront embodied carbon in construction.This report is a follow-up to the WBCSD Net-zero buildings: Where do we stand? publication which provided a description of how to account for full life-cycle emissions of building projects based on six whole life carbon assessments (WLCA). The report aims to provide insight into strategies that, when brought together under the prioritized objective of driving carbon reductions, can begin to frame the possibility of how to at least halve current embodied carbon emissions.Read More

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