Energy Efficiency Improvements in Commercial Buildings

What is the Project About

What is the Project About

The project, in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Forests, funded by Global Environment Facility, aims to reduce energy consumed by large commercial buildings by integrating appropriate design interventions such as lighting, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems in buildings.

What Have We Accomplished So Far

Goal 1: Strengthening institutional capacities to promote the enactment and enforcement of ECBC in commercial buildings

  • Notified ECBC in Rajasthan, Odisha, Uttarakhand, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Telangana, Haryana, West Bengal, Karnataka, and Puducherry
  • Established ECBC cells in Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, and Haryana
  • Developed Energy Performance Index (EPI) based on a sample size of 1160 commercial buildings across categories. The EPIs in kilo watt per metre square (kWh per m2) per year are given below:

Goal 2: Building technical capacity and expertise of local building practitioners and service providers

  • Trained 89 ECBC master trainers in nine training programs
  • Trained 3,300 stakeholders—architects, design professionals, developers, contractors and building material suppliers—on ECBC implementation in 82 training programmes
  • Identified institutes training and capacity building of key stakeholders:
    • Administrative Staff College of India, Andhra Pradesh
    • Rachna Sansad Institute of Architecture, Maharashtra
    • Energy Management Centre, Kerala
    • Ela Green Buildings & Infrastructure Consultants, Chhattisgarh
    • Arunachal Pradesh Energy Development Agency, Arunachal Pradesh
    • Administrative Training Institute, Karnataka

Goal 3: Increasing new commercial ECBC compliant buildings

  • Supported 14 demonstration commercial buildings for ECBC compliance. Following projects are nearing completion:
    • KK Guest House, Bengaluru, moderate climate
    • Dhanvantri OPD block, Jaipur, composite climate
    • SMS Medical College, Jaipur, composite climate
    • UPERC Office Building, Lucknow, composite climate
    • SAMVAD Office Building, Naya Raipur, composite climate

Goal 4: Encouraging investors and developers of energy efficient buildings through fiscal and regulatory frameworks incentives

  • Covered part of the incremental construction cost for ECBC compliance to three demonstration projects.

Goal 5: Ensuring that information and knowledge products on best practices regarding energy efficient building technologies and measures are readily available and easily accessible/shared

  • Developed 37 knowledge products, which can be accessed through project website ( For example, Market Assessment of Energy Efficient Building Materials and Implementing Energy Efficiency in Buildings

Funding Support by

Donor Name Amount Contributed
Global Environment Facility (GEF) US$ 5,200,000

Expenditure in Previous Fiscal Years

Year Amount
2016 US$ 1,626,591
2015 US$ 820,160.56
2014 US$ 837,287
2013 US$ 390,000
2012 US$ 126,032
2011 US$ 3,204
2010 N/A


Implementing Energy Efficiency in Buildings: A compendium of Experiences from Across the World

Implementing Energy Efficiency in Buildings: A compendium of Experiences from Across the World
In India, the building industry – commercial and residential - accounts for almost 34 percent of the country’s total energy consumption, making it one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases. The compendium on implementing energy efficiency in buildings studies the challenges in the implementation of building energy codes; policy regulation and its impact and international best practices.  

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