India : USAID and ministry of power launch portal to promote Net Zero Energy Buildings in India

GOA: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the union ministry of Power today launched India's first integrated web portal designed to promote and mainstream Net Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB) in India.

A first of its kind, the portal provides complete information about Net Zero Energy Buildings - those that generate as much energy as they use - as well as how to achieve near-zero energy status through the use of efficient lighting and equipment, integration of renewable energy technologies, and best practice design strategies. In addition, the portal hosts the NZEB Alliance, an industry-wide body setup to drive the Indian markets toward highly energy-efficient buildings.

The portal,, was launched by Secretary, Ministry of Power Pradeep Kumar Pujari and Ambassador and USAID mission director to India Jonathan Addleton.

Speaking at the launch event, Pujari outlined his vision to promote Net Zero Energy Buildings in India and said, "While it is important to implement minimum energy performance standards for buildings to reduce energy consumption, we should now start looking at the broader NZEB goal."

The secretary also called for the Ministry's Bureau of Energy Efficiency to update the Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) to reflect the market changes and technological advancement. The ECBC sets the minimum energy performance for commercial buildings in India.

Congratulating the Bureau of Energy Efficiency and USAID on the culmination of their three-year effort to develop the portal, Addleton said, "USAID is pleased to partner with the Government of India on this initiative to promote Net Zero Energy Buildings across India."

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Smart Grid Bulletin February 2019

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