healthy-and-energy-efficient-buildings-initiative-summary

Context: The Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) MAITREE program, launched the “Healthy and Energy Efficient Buildings” initiative that will pioneer ways to make workplaces healthier and greener.

More on the news: 

  • The initiative was launched on occasion of World Environment Day. 
  • The Market Integration and Transformation Program for Energy Efficiency (MAITREE), under which this initiative has been launched, is a part of the US-India bilateral Partnership between the Ministry of Power and USAID and is aimed at accelerating the adoption of cost-effective energy efficiency as a standard practice within buildings, and specifically focuses on cooling.
  • As part of this pilot, “Healthy and Energy Efficient Buildings” Initiative, EESL has taken the leadership by being the first to implement this framework in its own offices. 

About the initiative:

  • This initiative is to address the challenges of retrofitting existing buildings and air conditioning systems so that they are both healthy and energy efficient. 
  • The pilot will pave the way for other buildings to take appropriate steps to be healthy and energy efficient. 

Significance:

  • Most buildings in India are not equipped to establish and maintain healthy indoor air quality and need to be upgraded. 
  • As people return to their offices and public spaces after lockdown amid COVID-19, maintaining good indoor air quality is essential for occupant comfort, well-being, productivity and the overall public health.  
  • Such retrofit measures typically come at the cost of occupant comfort and increased energy use. Nor are there standardized approaches to retrofitting.

The pilot will address this problem by developing specifications for future use in other buildings throughout the country, as well as aid in evaluating the effectiveness and cost benefits of various technologies and their short and long-term impacts on air quality, comfort, and energy use.

About EESL: Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), under the administration of the Ministry of Power, Government of India, is working towards mainstreaming energy efficiency and is implementing the world’s largest energy efficiency portfolio in the country. 

  • Driven by the mission of Enabling More - more transparency, more transformation, and more innovation, EESL aims to create market access for efficient and future-ready transformative solutions that create a win-win situation for every stakeholder.

About USAID: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is an independent agency of the United States federal government that is primarily responsible for administering civilian foreign aid and development assistance. 

 Source: https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1629597

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