We, at Mahindra Lifespaces, believe that partnership and collaboration is the key to achieving sectoral decarbonisation and circularity. As a part of our commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals, we are directly contributing to the achieving SDG 17 through our partnerships in different initiatives. In 2020-21, our key focus has been to integrate Climate Responsive Design in our projects. We continued to support the Mahindra TERI Centre of Excellence in its pursuit of developing energy efficient homes.
The Solar Decathlon India is a competition conducted by the 'Indian Institute for Human Settlements' and the 'Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy' under the aegis of the 'Indo-US Science and Technology Forum'. It encourages postgraduate and undergraduate students to innovate for net zero-energy, net-zero-water, net-zero-waste and climate resilient buildings. Student teams develop affordable and industry ready solutions for real projects with the help of their mentors. In its first year, Mahindra Lifespaces participated as a mentor to four teams. One of our teams, Team Niwas from the 'Institute of Engineering and Management' in Kolkata qualified as one of the 24 finalists.
The real estate sector is responsible for more than 30% of the gross electricity consumption. With the lack of climate responsive design in buildings, the energy consumption by the residential and commercial sector is projected to further increase in the coming years, owing to the increased consumption of electrical utilities. On the other hand, the real estate sector provides a huge potential for electricity savings and mitigating GHG emissions using energy efficient appliances and energy efficient features incorporated into the building design and systems.
Mahindra Lifespaces, being a responsible organisation and understanding the future needs of customers, realised the significance of this trend. As a result, the Mahindra-TERI Centre of Excellence (CoE) was launched in June 2018 with the vision to ‘build a greener urban future by developing innovative energy efficient solutions tailored to Indian climate’.
Operational since 2011, the Indo-Swiss Building Energy Efficiency Project (BEEP) is a bilateral cooperation project between the Indian and Swiss Governments, with a focus to help India mainstream energy-efficient and thermally comfortable building design for both commercial and residential buildings. BEEP had provided technical assistance to the Government of India for the development of Eco- Niwas Samhita (ENS), which provides guidelines for climate responsive design to reduce heat gains and air conditioning demand, improve natural ventilation and daylighting.
As a part of the collaboration with Mahindra Lifespaces, BEEP provides guidance to strengthen our design specifications related to climate-responsive design and energy demand reduction and ensure that all future projects are compliant with ENS. Training of our design teams on climate-responsive design is also a key component of the collaboration. In addition, a policy paper is being developed to bring alignment between national energy codes and rating systems.
We also collaborated with IIEC to deploy renewable energy at one of our upcoming residential projects. With the aim to create a net zero energy building, we will deploy wind-solar hybrid system at the residential towers, solar PV system at sales gallery, and purchase green power.