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ZerO-In | Grid Interactive Net Zero Energy Buildings (G-NZEB)
Countries across the globe are working on two fronts:
Embracing net-zero or near-zero goals as they seek to diminish the energy footprint and carbon emissions of their building stock.
Zero strategies typically emphasize taking a systems approach to reduce the overall impact of the resource use cycle i.e. water, energy, material, transport, and waste footprint. However, since intensive energy use is seen as a primary driver for climate change today; net-zero “energy” or “carbon” targets are being prioritized.
Transitioning to a decarbonized, decentralized, and digitized grid of the future.
This includes revising renewable energy targets to shift the country’s energy mix. A renewable energy prioritized energy mix brings flexibility in the grid. Countries globally are now developing and testing unique business models that cater to the flexibility offered by grid services; including those offered by buildings.
So far, building energy demand and grid services have been distinct discussions, with the only overlapping interface being that of renewable energy. Countries globally are now realizing that buildings are an important last mile connection to the grid of the future, and demand flexibility offered by buildings and equipment is an opportunity untapped. Read more on the role of Grid Interactive Net Zero Energy Buildings
Panel discussion on NDTV | Can real estate get to net-zero?
Countries and organizations around the world are gearing up their COP 26 strategy, setting net-zero goals and commitment to limit global warming under 1.5 degree C. Tanmay Tathagat, Director - Environmental Design Solutions Pvt Ltd shared his perspective on The Property Show on NDTV 24x7 on how the real estate sector can get to net-zero on. He talked about how cooling demand is a growing challenge in existing buildings but there are proven solutions for the same. Going forward, the real estate sector would need to address the understanding and quantification of carbon intensity in buildings.
Energy efficient affordable housing by Lucknow Development Authority
MAITREE has supported Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) towards development of a Vision and Roadmap for Green and Energy Efficient Housing. Over 4500 homes that are affordable, green, energy efficient and climate resilient have already been constructed at Sharda Nagar and Basant Kunj in Lucknow by LDA. This pioneering effort towards scaling green and affordable housing was showcased at the 'Azadi@75: New Urban India - Transforming Urban Landscape' Conference-cum-Expo on October 5, inaugurated by Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi. A short movie about the project has been featured on the NZEBIndia Youtube channel.
Take the NZEB Quiz for a refresher on daylight fundamentals
The NZEB Quiz started last month with passive design fundamentals. This month we take it further and focus on ‘daylight’. Building form, orientation, fenestration design and material selection has an impact on daylight ingress inside the space. Well distributed, glare-free spaces can contribute to occupant health and well-being as well as reduce lighting energy use. Refresh your knowledge with the NZEB quiz on this topic. You can also read more about the topic on our website.
Online training programs 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 that can aid skill development in climate responsive design, building energy simulations, daylight optimization, green building ratings, among many others.
Online course | Getting to zero emissions with building energy codes:The biggest opportunity to respond to the climate emergency
As a leading source of carbon emissions, the building sector is critical to global ambitions to mitigate the climate emergency and reach net zero emissions. But the power of policy and its mechanisms to bring about transformative change and drive down emissions are not well understood. GBPN has developed an online self-paced course to support policy makers in understanding the potential of policy reform in the buildings sector, and how coupling building energy codes with complementary policies can lead towards a net zero future. The course includes engaging video animations and examples of best practice from around the world.
The 200,513 sft apparel manufacturing facility for Brandix at Batticaloa in Sri Lanka is a high performing building that integrates passive design principles and innovative energy-efficient technologies. Proper orientation, good insulation, biodiversity, good daylight, water reduction, waste management strategies, building controls and several other strategies are considered in the design.
Light tubes and 100% LED lighting resulted in increased daylight and over 50% of lighting energy savings when compared to conventional lighting. Using magnetic bearing chillers with better part-load efficiency provides savings over 37% of energy, compared with conventional chillers. On the process side, the team developed an innovative air-saving device for uncurling knitted garments to reduce compressed air wastage by over 40%. The factory’s installation of a 1.65 MW rooftop solar plant gives an annual energy yield of 2,975 MWh, which exceeds the requirement of the premises. Read more.
This months’ question for you
Let us know what you think
To limit global warming to 1.5 degree C, emissions must be halved by 2030 and net-zero goals should be achieved by 2050. This requires immediate action! We want all your voices, hence we continue with last month’s question. If you have not responded yet, please do so now.
Inorder to scale-up NZEBs by 2050 (which is about 30 years from now), what initiative should be a priority in the next 2 years?
Training and awareness
Focused approach on a specific sector (eg. residential)
Prototype successful projects
To answer, click the button below. The form is anonymous. We will share a summary of the responses next month.
COP 26 UN Climate Change Conference | October 31 - November 12, 2021
The COP 26 UN Climate Change Conference, hosted by the UK in partnership with Italy, will take place in the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow, UK. One of the main agenda for COP26 is to achieve net zero emissions and limiting global warming within 1.5 degree C. Countries around the world will also update their Paris Agreement goals in this conference to reduce emissions. Public webcast will be available throughout the conference for key meetings and high-level events.Learn more.
Green Building Congress 2021 | November 18 - November 20, 2021
The Indian Green Building Council’s (IGBC) annual flagship event will be organized virtually on CII HIVE Digital Events Platform, India. The event has been a springboard for advancing the green building movement in India, since 2001. The theme for Green Building Congress 2021 is 'Net Zero - Buildings and Built Environment' serving as a platform to discuss, debate, share perspectives and accelerate the adoption of Net Zero concept.Learn more.
Virtual BECC 2021 conference | November 8 - November 10, 2021
The Behavior, Energy & Climate Change Conference (BECC) is the premier international conference focused on understanding human behavior and decision making and using that knowledge to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon future. Currently, in its 14th year, BECC is associated with a growing set of allied conferences in Europe and Asia. The conference is convened by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), California Institute for Energy and Environment (CIEE) at U.C. Berkeley, and the Environmental and Energy Policy Analysis Center (SEEPAC) at Stanford University.Learn more.
SBTi launches global Net-Zero Standard for business
The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) has launched the global net-zero framework for businesses, the Net Zero Standard which enable companies to set credible and robust net-zero targets in line with a 1.5°C future.Read more.
Scotland sets out investments to deliver net-zero built environment by 2045
The Scottish Government has unveiled its intention to cut emissions from the built environment by 68% by 2030 through a £1.8 billion investment plan to transform the nation's building stock to net-zero by 2045. This includes switching to electric heating and considering low-carbon boiler and system alternatives.Learn 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.