As a developing economy whose growth has stalled out in recent years, India has turned its attention to energy infrastructure and efficiency. The Indian government has issued an Energy Conservation Building Code which all states will have to adopt. A recent NRDC case study shows that efficiency can save money for commercial buildings in India – they use an example of a building in Noida, near New Delhi. The building, occupied by AECOM, has seen a respectable return on investment and hopes to continue to save energy going forward. Efficiency could be a key component of restarting India’s growing economy since it can help relieve power outage issues as well as create an industry for those seeking green jobs in the world’s largest democracy.
India is suffering from severe power outages this month. Power plants are running out coal and citizens are protesting in the street as their livelihoods are threatened. Acute power shortages are plaguing the capital, New Delhi, as well as several northern and southern states. To deal with this crisis and provide energy solutions, the Indian government recently announced that the Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) will become mandatory for all states.
As India progresses toward mandatory efficiency standards, a new NRDC-ASCI case study unequivocally answers the question most-asked by developers: can you prove that energy efficiency actually saves money in the context of Indian buildings? Our new case study, “Building Smart from the Start: Spotlight on Energy-Saving Commercial Office Building in Noida, India” shows that energy efficiency is good for business and saves costs and energy.