Our objective in India is to support the adoption of the residential energy conservation building code (ENS) in affordable housing which represents 95% of India’s housing market. We will achieve this through direct technical assistance using a compliance toolkit to enable ENS to be incorporated into National, State and Municipal government, and private sector affordable housing programs.

Local Expert Partners:

In 2019 GBPN established a Local Expert Partnership (LEP) with the Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE) and the CEPT University Ahmedabad to support policy adoption involving an Energy Conservation Building Code for Residential Buildings (locally known as Eco-Niwas Samhita or ENS) pilot on affordable housing projects under the National Affordable Housing Program (PMAY-U). The partnership kicked off with a stakeholder workshop held in Delhi on the 13th September 2019. AEEE have taken the lead on governance and stakeholder engagement while CEPT are providing technical assistance and research to support code implementation. Taking a bottom-up approach enables GBPN Local Expert Partners to demonstrate the benefits of ENS at the local level, and through engaging with private sector, state government agencies, municipalities (local urban bodies) and making the case for formal adoption of the code by one State.

Current Objectives & Key Results

OBJECTIVE: All Affordable Housing in India is Low-Carbon from 2030:
KR 1 City of Ahmedabad includes ENS in city by-laws:

Ahmedabad supported to include the ENS in the city’s by-laws, procurement/tender guidelines and compliance methods at the level of project planning and design.

KR 2 State Authority in Gujarat enforces ENS in Affordable Housing:

Enabling e-compliance and enforcement at the time of Detailed Project Report sanctioning, and design guidelines for new and rented affordable housing

KR 3 National Climate Smart City Alliance Integrates ENS: 

Central Government agencies supported to integrate of ENS (ECBC-R) in the national City Assessment framework (Climate Smart Cities Assessment Framework).

KR 4 Enabling private sector engagement with ENS compliance:

Builders and developers of different climatic zones in Gujarat participate in the design charrettes to adopt, implement, and comply with ENS guidelines for affordable residential buildings.