Efficiency Wisdom

What is the Global Experience with Building Energy Efficiency?

  • International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Buildings (ICEEB 2015). “Implementing Energy Efficiency in Buildings: A compendium of experiences from across the world,” 17 – 18 December 2015, New Delhi. The material is available on their website for you to read.


  • Young, R. (2014). “Global Approaches: A Comparison of Building Energy Codes in 15 Countries “. ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. 3, pp. 351-366. Washington, DC: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. Available at their website for you to read.

How Important is Energy Efficiency in India?


  • Sathaye, J. and Gupta, A. (2010): “Eliminating Electricity Deficit through Energy Efficiency in India: An Evaluation of Aggregate Economic and Carbon Benefits,” LBNL Report #3381E.
  • Phadke, A. A., Abhyankar, N., & Shah, N. (2014). “Avoiding 100 New Power Plants by Increasing Efficiency of Room Air Conditioners in India: Opportunities and Challenges”. Berkeley: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
  • Jaiswal, A. (2010). “Capturing Energy Savings Opportunities Through Increased Building Efficiency”. Natural Resources Defense Council.
  • Phadke, A., Jacobson, A., Park, W. Y., Lee, G. R., Alstone, P., & Khare, A. (2015). ‘Powering a Home with Just 25 Watts of Solar PV: Super-Efficient Appliances Can Enable Expanded Off-Grid Energy Service Using Small Solar Power Systems”. California: Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
  • N. Shah, M. Wei, V. Letschert and A. Phadke, (2015). “Benefits of Leapfrogging to Superefficiency and Low Global Warming Potential Refrigerants in Room Air Conditioning,” Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Rep. 1003671.

What Are Some Top Examples of Building Energy Efficiency Improvements in India?

Sant Parmanand

  • Smart Joules (2016), “Success Story for Energy Efficiency Improvements at Sant Parmanand Hospital.” Available at Smart Joules website.

Niti Ayog

  • Niti Aayog (2015), “Energy Efficiency Interventions at Niti Aayog.”


  • NRDC (2013), “Saving Energy and Money: Case Study of the Energy-Efficiency Retrofit of the Godrej Bhavan Building in Mumbai.” Available at the NRDC Website.
  • NRDC (2013), “Retrofitting Mahindra Towers: How an Innovative ESCO Model Lowers Energy Bills With No Upfront Cost.” Available at the NRDC Website.


  • TERI (2013), “Compendium of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Large Indian Corporates.” Available at the TERI Website.

Which Organizations Have the Most Efficient Buildings?


  • Sastry, G. (2014). “Green Building Experiences of Infosys”. Green Building Congress, 17 September 2014. Available at the Green Building Congress website.
  • Wright, M. (2014). “Infosys proves going green is affordable with buildings experiment in India”. The Guardian, 28 August 2014. Available at The Guardian’s website.


  • TCS (2015). Sustainability at TCS 2015. Available on Slideshare.


  • Roy, P. K. (2014). “How a Hotel Chain Led Green Buildings in India”. Cisco’s Technology News Site, 18 August 2014. Available at the Cisco Website.
  • ITC Hotels (n.d.). “ITC Green Center: A Blueprint for Protecting the Future”.

Who Else Works on Building Energy Efficiency in India?

Research and Engagement

Appliance Standards




Energy Efficiency Training

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Policy Making


Government Projects


Industry Association




Who in the Indian Government Is Leading India’s Energy Efficiency Drive?


India’s Prime Minister recently announced energy efficiency as one of eight priority / thrust areas and tasked a group of secretaries from different departments to formulate and execute a “grand action plan” to bring about “breakthroughs, rather than incremental change” in energy efficiency.

minister of power

India’s Minister of Power in leading a drive to transition all government buildings in Lutyens Delhi to higher energy efficiency.

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Niti Aayog’s CEO plans to offer incentives for construction of energy efficient buildings.

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The erstwhile Director General of India’s Bureau of Energy Efficiency has been leading India’s energy efficiency initiatives tirelessly for decades.


The Managing Director of EESL has scaled energy efficiency through various the celebrated LED distribution scheme (UDAY) and is now trying to replicate success with mass procurement programs for fans and agricultural pumps.