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Opinion: Evaporative cooling technology - A feasible and affordable solution for comfort cooling
Conventional HVAC systems are becoming a concern due to higher energy cost and compromised indoor air quality. Two stage evaporative cooling is emerging as an alternative for comfort cooling in commercial buildings having been successfully used in industrial cooling applications. Shamkamt Mirashi enumerates the working principles with examples explaining how these systems can provide comfort with superior indoor air quality at significantly lower energy cost.
Playlist for Design, Policy, Technology and Skills on Youtube Channel
The ‘NZEB Knowledge Series’ is a platform that brings together industry experts to share knowledge, expertise, ideas and showcase innovative products/ projects/ technology that can fuel discussions on building energy efficiency and grow engagement for NZEBs. We have hosted 40 webinars so far under the ‘NZEB Knowledge Series’ addressing key areas of NZEB including design, technology, policy and skills. The episodes are organized under the respective playlists on our Youtube Channel. Access this wealth of knowledge according to your interest to further your understanding on NZEB.
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 in India. The Alliance aims to accelerate the building sector towards NZEB goals by providing an open forum for 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.
World Bank Group Matchmaking Program Seeks Cooling Innovators
Cooling is arguably the biggest energy challenge to address in buildings, especially in the emerging economies located in the tropical region.. Innovations in this space will impact the feasibility of net-zero energy goals for future building stock. IFC’s TechEmerge program is calling for innovators with climate-smart, cost-effective cooling technologies and business models for the hotel sector. The program will match cutting-edge companies across the world with Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL), South Asia’s largest hospitality company to jointly pilot innovative solutions and build commercial partnerships. Pilot projects can access grant funding from a total pool of USD 500,000 and receive support during market-entry and tech transfer. Applications close April 30, 2021.
Developing Urban Energy Models for Indian Cities: A case study of Ahmedabad - April 9, 2021
Urban energy models (UEM) are critical data-driven tools to support energy-efficient, climate-resilient city planning and its operations. The development of UEMs depend upon the range of spatial and semantic details of the buildings, neighbourhoods and cities. UEM refers to the computational modelling and simulation of a group of buildings along with associated urban infrastructure. This webinar will introduce UEM fundamentals, methods and generic tools used for UEMs. Prof. Rajan Rawal will also share the UEM work currently underway for the city of Ahmedabad.
Net Zero Design Showcase - Student Housing at St.Andrews - April 23, 2021
Climate Responsive Design is fundamental to achieve the Net Zero Energy goal. St. Andrews student's hostel at Gurugram, India by Zero Energy Design Labs (ZED) embodies this. The design has prioritized thermal comfort and functionality to become an exemplar of zero energy design. Strategies such as appropriate form and orientation, materiality and creation of spaces in the hostel block are based on climatic conditions, sun path analysis and air movement. Sachin Rastogi, the project architect will be sharing its journey from concept to occupancy.
Shenzhen Institute of Building Research (IBR) Headquarters Building; Shenzhen, China
The Shenzhen IBR Headquarters is designed to operate in harmony with nature, resulting in lower energy use, lower costs and high occupant satisfaction. This 195,576 sft building includes office space, research labs, servers for energy data and auditorium spaces. The team reviewed over 100 sustainable technologies and strategies, and incorporated more than 40 of them, including daylighting; natural ventilation; greywater recycling; solar energy generation; and highly efficient HVAC systems. An integrated design approach resulted in a low Energy Use Intensity (EUI) of 20.6 kBtu/sft-yr (65 kwh/sqm-yr). The building is naturally ventilated for much of the year. The photovoltaic system consists of rooftop PV panels, PV modules on overhangs and the thin film PV system that generate roughly 70,000 kWh per year. Even though the building's entire energy demand is not offset by renewable energy, the IBR is an exemplary high performance building.Read the detailed case study.
Make most of the opportunity to learn and network virtually by attending upcoming conferences and events.
Watch Live - IEA-COP26 Net Zero Summit | March 31, 2021
Follow along live at 3:30 pm IST as top international energy & climate leaders representing the vast majority of global GDP, energy use and greenhouse gas emissions from around the globe meet for vital discussions on turning net zero ambitions into reality.Watch Live.
ASEAN Roadmaps Towards Sustainable and Energy Efficient Buildings and Cooling in Southeast Asia | April 6, 2021
The International Energy Agency (IEA), in partnership with the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE), the ASEAN Secretariat, and the Energy Efficiency and Energy Conservation Sub-Sector Network, are implementing a new project to develop detailed roadmaps for buildings and space cooling in the ASEAN region. The workshop aims to bring together expert policy makers, academics, architects and engineers, and industry representatives from across Southeast Asia to share their insights and provide inputs into the roadmap process.Register now.
15th Annual Living Future Conference | April 20-23, 2021
The 15th annual Living Future Conference will bring together a community of leading deep-green thought leaders and practitioners to share their insights around building socially just, culturally rich, and ecologically restorative buildings, communities and products.Register now.
#NetZeroNow campaign from March 29 to April 2, 2021
Net Zero Buildings Week is held online by the New Buildings Institute (NBI) and is led by building industry organizations working to showcase and promote the benefits of net zero buildings for a clean energy future. The NZEB Portal is sharing resources this week, to illustrate the opportunities for Getting to Zero. You can follow us and also share your resources/ success stories as part of this campaign. Read more.
Net-zero emissions in India’s energy systems by 2050 highly challenging
To reach a net-zero emissions energy system by 2050, India needs a suitable policy and innovation driven context to deploy clean energy technologies on a massive scale, according to a recent report by TERI and Shell.Read more.
A Policy Strategy for Decarbonizing the Buildings Sector in India - Report published by GBPN
The project “A Policy Strategy for Decarbonizing the Buildings Sector” by Global Building Performance Network (GBPN) aims to guide the state governments in India to adopt appropriate sustainable building policies and energy codes to meet the nation’s climate action commitments of a 33-35% reduction in carbon emissions intensity/Gross Domestic Product (GDP). A report authored by CEPT Research and Development Foundation (CRDF) for the Phase-I of this project has been published. Download report.
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.