Going green: energy efficient buildings for the future

By Deepti Mohan, Vidhii Partners
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With modest power generating capacity of 164 gigawatts resulting in a 12% shortfall during peak hours, India’s energy shortage has reached unparalleled heights. The increasing demand for both residential and commercial space and improvement in lifestyle, contributes significantly to the extensive consumption of energy throughout the life cycle of a building and creates pressure on natural resources. Concerns about this have led to the development of green buildings that are designed, constructed and operated to achieve maximum energy efficiency with minimal environmental impact.

The green building laws in India are presently an assortment of building codes combined with green building rating systems, which lay down the minimum standards and norms for energy efficiency. In addition, environmental clearances for large constructions from the Ministry of Environment and Forests and incentive schemes like the solar building program of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy regulate and promote green buildings.

Energy conservation code

The Energy Conservation Act, 2001, was one of the first legislative initiatives to provide for the efficient use and conservation of energy in India. The act led to the creation of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) which was mandated to prescribe guidelines for energy conservation building codes.

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Deepti Mohan is a partner at Vidhii Partners and can be reached at deepti.mohan@vidhiipartners.com.

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