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Industry Roundtable on "Building Green: Approach & Insights for Market Transformation" held on September 17, 2020
USAID MAITREE program in partnership with USGBC had conducted a nationwide study to glean understanding of green building practices amongst the different building stakeholders. The study assessed the perception of the construction sector on the barriers to building green. The study also identified potential approaches to overcoming these barriers. An online industry roundtable was held on September, 17th to share findings of the study and engage with industry experts for their perspectives on best practices and efforts towards market transformation. Building Green: Approach & Insights for Market Transformation”, a report summarizing the research findings and way forward, was released during the event. This event also brought together industry leaders, from the United States and India such as UL, Hines, HKS and Carrier to share their perspectives on making energy efficiency and green building practices mainstream. If you missed the event, you can read a summary here or watch the recording here.
Presentation at Solar Decathlon technical series on September 19, 2020
Solar Decathlon India is a competition among postgraduate and graduate students to combat climate change in the buildings sector by designing net-zero-energy, net-zero-water, net-zero-waste and climate-resilient buildings. The NZEB platform serves as a knowledge resource for the participants to aid their design process. The 10-part technical training series held for the participating teams, including their faculty advisors was kicked-off with a webinar by Tanmay Tathagat, Director of Environmental Design Solutions. The webinar established a context for the need for energy efficiency, why buildings matter, the value of analysis, the process and simulations for optimized design, parametric analysis, sensitivity analysis, optimization of energy conservation measures, and an overview of the Energy Conservation Building Code.
Opinion : A paradigm for thermal comfort in tropics
The way we define comfort plays a significant role in design. Wolfgang Kessling, Principal of Transsolar KlimaEngineering raises a strong argument for climate responsive architecture by revisiting the way thermal comfort is defined and delivered in design. He emphasizes a holistic view on all parameters affecting human comfort and not just focusing on temperature set-points as a paradigm for design in reference to the net zero SDE-4 building at National University, Singapore.
The NZEB portal is a one-stop information site for net zero energy buildings. We would like to feature high performing and net zero energy ready buildings that demonstrate feasibility of the concept on this portal. Diverse case studies across geographies is key to establish that achieving Net Zero Energy is not just a pipe dream. If you are interested in showcasing a high-performance/ Net Zero Energy project you have worked on, or know of such a project, please share details through the form below.
NZEB Knowledge Series - Low energy cooling and ventilation strategies for tropical residences | October 30, 2020
Dr. Yashkumar Shukla, Technical Director (Energy Systems) at Centre for Advanced Research in Building Science and Energy (CARBSE) will talk about intelligent control algorithms that harness natural ventilation for residences to optimize indoor air quality and thermal comfort, whilst minimizing the use of air-conditioning. This webinar will present the process of designing suitable ventilation openings for natural (NV) and mixed-mode (MM) residential buildings in tropical countries. Expected energy and comfort benefits of implementing the low energy cooling and ventilation strategies in tropical residences will also be discussed.
Make most of the opportunity to learn and network virtually by attending upcoming conferences and events.
Greenbuild | Global Health and Wellness Summit | October 22, 2020
The Global Health & Wellness Summit organized by the United States Green Building Council brings together employers, building owners, designers, developers, manufacturers, employees and investors who are unlocking enormous benefits and potential in their buildings by committing to green, healthy buildings. Register now.
Asia Clean Energy Summit (ACES) | October 27 - 30, 2020
ACES provides a common platform for regional thought leaders in both the public and private sector to collaborate on critical issues and opportunities in harnessing clean energy for the future. As the regional platform to share and co-create innovative clean energy solutions, ACES supports the vision to be a clean energy hub for Asia.Register now.
IGBC Green Building Congress 2020 | October 29 - 31, 2020
The annual flagship event of the Indian Green Building Council brings together national and international stakeholders to pave way for new opportunities for the building sector. This year’s theme is ‘Hygiene, Health and Wellbeing in a Green Built Environment'. Register now.
Greenbuild International Conference & Expo | November 10 - 12, 2020
The annual flagship event of the United States Green Building Council is dedicated to green building. This is an event for green building professionals to learn and source cutting edge solutions to improve resilience, sustainability, and quality of life in our buildings, cities, and communities. Register now.
Hanergy’s Renewable Energy Center, China
Hanergy’s Renewable Energy Center, located in Beijing’s Olympic Park, an all-solar green building, covers 7119 square meters and features Hanergy’s HanWall, flexible thin film solar modules on the top and sides of the building and HanBrick on the walkway. This has helped it achieve the first "LEED Zero Carbon" certified building credential by USGBC. During the certification process, the project was adjudged to uphold the three-level energy efficiency concept of self-sufficiency, surplus storage, and grid independence, while exhibiting green environmental protection design, technological innovation, and sustainable development. Read more
TED launched star-studded Countdown to a net zero world on October 10
Countdown is a global initiative to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis, turning ideas into action. Presented by TED and Future Stewards, this special event featured more than 50 speakers, activists, actors and musicians in five curated sessions of actionable and science-backed ideas, paired with moments of wonder, inspiration and optimism.Read more
India to replace 373 gigawatts of coal based power plants by renewables
Mr R K Singh, Power Minister announced on 6th October that all the coal based power plants which are retiring are going to be replaced by renewable source based power plants in a bid to cut the nation's carbon footprint. India is aiming for 175 GW of installed renewable-based power capacity by 2022. Read more
All JLL occupied buildings to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030
In the next stage of its ambitious sustainability program, JLL (Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated) aims to achieve decarbonization across global portfolios by 2030 by implementing science-based targets as aligned to the 1.5 C ambition of the Paris Agreement. JLL will seek to minimize the purchase of offsets by driving the take up of renewable energy and prioritizing energy efficiency.Read more
University of Cambridge aims for net zero emissions by 2038
The Cambridge University Endowment Fund (CUEF) plans to divest from all meaningful exposure in fossil fuels by 2030, on its way to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions across its entire investment portfolio by 2038, in line with the university's broader targets.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.