The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) in India has selected Environmental Design Solutions (EDS) to conduct feasibility tests on 100 existing buildings.

The feasibility tests are part of a new programme launched by BEE in order to create a framework that will convert standard buildings to nearly zero-energy buildings (nZEB).

Any building with less than 15kWh per square-metre a year of Energy Performance Index (EPI) is considered an nZEB building, according to BEE.

EDS will perform feasibility tests on the 100 buildings and report the findings, which will be leveraged to design the nZEB framework.

BEE has invited building owners and developers to participate in the programme. Participating buildings should hold 5,000m² of maximum built-up area and a minimum connected load of more than 100kW.

In addition, the contract demand must be higher than 120kVA or in accordance with the state or union territory specifications.

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Educational institutions, shopping complexes, healthcare institutions, hospitality, railway or metro stations and airports are eligible for the feasibility tests.

Following the completion of the tests, EDS will provide the full report and energy conservation measures will be conveyed to the building owners.

BEE previously entered into a five-year partnership with the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) to improve energy efficiency in buildings.

Under a memorandum of understanding (MoU), BEE and CPWD will work together to design and construct new buildings in compliance with the Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC).

A report by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) said that green buildings will open a $24.7tn investment opportunity in emerging markets by 2030.

IFC collaborated with the Maharashtra State housing department in India for design support, green certification, the identification of sustainable and scalable building materials and technologies and the development of pilot projects.