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India is the world’s third largest greenhouse gas emitter. Gases from coal-fired power plants are the main cause of these emissions in India. Air-conditioning uses the lion’s share of electricity.

The real estate sector is booming but attention is rarely paid to designing energy efficient buildings.

In India, energy efficiency is the most abundant source of energy, the cheapest also and yet the one that has received the least attention compared to the construction of new coal-fired power plants.

On the basis of these observations, Noe21, the Geneva based NGO in partnership with cBalance, the social enterprise from Pune (Maharashtra), identified fields for direct intervention in which they could speed up the development of a culture of energy efficiency in indoor thermal comfort.

The project in brief

The programme is based on four interventions taking place in: Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Pune, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad.

Academic Ambassadors: integrating new courses for architecture and engineering students to ensure they aquire knowledge to build energy efficient buildings.
Modelling building consumption: workshops aimed at SMEs to model the annual energy consumption of buildings post thermal renovations and to encourage SMEs to undertake such renovations.
Consumer Ambassadors: Lobbying hotel chains, prestigious universities and banks to adopt the most efficient cooling techniques and turning them into Consumer Ambassadors to influence competitors.
Behaviour change: Big employers are encouraged to turn their A/C thermostats «up by 2°C» and to adapt the corporate dress code accordingly, this intervention reduces energy consumption by 15%.

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RoundTable on ‘Cooling Buildings Sustainably’
A unique, half day session between architects, HVAC engineers, building energy modellers, builder-developers and other stakeholders from the building industry to understand what works and what doesn’t in integrating sustainable cooling in buildings in India. We hope to brainstorm and generate concrete ideas to turn things around in favour of sustainably cooled buildings.
Venue: Hotel Ibis, Viman Nagar, Pune
Date: Saturday, 28th May 2016

View Roundtable Agenda



  • "I have learned of green buildings but I had never felt it's importance, this workshop has really been an eye opener"
    Manoj Autade, Engineering student, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai
  • "Buyers of cars or electric appliances receive user manuals but buyers or renters of flats shouldn't receive energy efficiency manuals ?"
    Aalok Deshmukh, General Manager, Schneider Electric, Mumbai
  • "Upper middle class households in India today do not have another choice than to live in energy inefficient buildings, making their carbon footprint equivalent to households in Europe and the US."
    Vivek Gilani, Founder and Director, cBalance Energy solutions hub
  • "Measurement and verification of building's energy performances is the key, otherwise energy efficiency might only on be on paper."
    Rumi Engineer, Business Head, Green Building Consultancy services, Godrej & Boyce Ltd Mumbai
  • "This (Fairconditioning) training has become an eye opener for us as faculty professors, to give a different vision to students, a combination of teachings that are not only important for our generation today but for tomorrow too."
    Rupali Gupte, Principal, Asmita College of Architecture
  • "It has been a very good exposure for students in engineering to see what's happening in the building design side, especially cooling technology because that's where most of our energy is going. Teachings on alternative cooling were great. A huge amount of knowledge was coming in those three days."
    Avani Goyal, Engineering student, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai
  • "Accept our heartiest congratulations on conducting such a wonderful program disseminating quality information and also educating our young generation."
    Manish V Tamhane, Senior Manager at A.T.E Comfort Cooling, Bangalore
  • "For the time being, most people think green buildings are important, but it's not an urgent issue, It's up to us architects to change this!"
    Prof. Rajeev Mishra, Principal, Sir JJ College of Architecture, Mumbai
  • "Carbon design fluency will soon become a core competency for architecture professionals."
    Aalok Deshmukh, General Manager, Schneider Electric, Mumbai
  • "The current building stock is a third of what we'll have in 2030"
    Aalok Deshmukh, General Manager, Schneider Electric, Mumbai
  • "Lets avoid at least ten new coal fired power plants by increasing the energy efficiency of future buildings !"
    Aalok Deshmukh, General Manager, Schneider Electric, Mumbai
  • "The Ministry of Environment and Forests of India supports this project as it addresses two important objectives of the Indian Government: Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing Energy Efficiency."
    Sushilkumar Shinde, Former Minister of Power, India
  • "Following current trends, by 2030, India will multiply by 10 the area of built space, as compared to 2010 levels. The key to avoid this building boom from unfolding into a national and global catastrophe is to reduce the average EPI of buildings, old and new."
    Vivek Gilani, Manager of the Fairconditioning programme for India