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Hyderabad: The 14th international building simulation conference began here on Monday with the speakers calling for expanding the use of energy simulation for designing energy efficient and high-performance buildings in India.

The International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA) is holding the conference for the first time in India.

International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad is hosting the three-day event aimed at advancing the research and practices in various disciplines of building energy analysis and performance simulation.

The conference, being attended by over 300 delegates from 40 countries, is expected to benefit people learning about the field of building performance including building designers, architects, sustainability managers, researchers and developers.

Conference chair Vishal Garg, who is head of Centre for IT in Building Science at the IIIT, said simulations will play a key role to support the implementation of building energy codes and to design high-performance buildings.

Telangana’s Information Technology Secretary Jayesh Ranjan noted that Hyderabad has taken the lead in setting up India’s first platinum rated green building and also taking up the initiative in retrofitting existing buildings into green Buildings.

He said building simulation will play a major role in government’s initiative of developing smart cities.

South Asia Regional Initiative for Energy Integration’s former programme director Padu Padmanabhan said that by designing energy efficient and high-performance buildings, besides using renewable energy wherever possible, India should bring the energy demand under control. “We need to work on both sides of the energy equation that is, supply side and demand side, to bring down the emissions,” he said.

Confederation of Indian Industry-Indian Green Building Council executive director, Raghupathy, said India has grown tremendously in the field of green buildings. With one building in 2003, today over 3.14 billion square feet green building footprint is registered with IGBC.

He said India is the second country in the world with largest registered footprint.(ians)

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Punjab becomes first state to include energy efficiency in school syllabus

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New Delhi:  Punjab has taken the lead in incorporating energy efficiency as a subject in the school curriculum and in the requisite training of teachers in all schools across the state, Power Minister Piyush Goyal said at the awards function on National Energy Conservation Day on Monday.

I am happy to inform that Punjab has taken the lead through training of teachers in all schools across the state and incorporating a chapter in the school syllabus,

“I am sure that the other states would emulate the initiative taken by the state government of Punjab.

I do not doubt the fact that India will fulfill its INDC (Intended Nationally Determined Contribution to climate agreement) commitments. It’s the only way successfully leaving behind for the next generation a cleaner planet, healthier future, a more prosperous nation to live in,” the minister added.

At the National Energy Conservation Day awards last year, Goyal had announced that a government girls’ school in Punjab’s Jalandhar would be the first in the country to introduce energy efficiency as a subject in the school curriculum, after girl students from Punjab, along with students from other schools across the country, interacted with him via video link.

In response to student Simran Kaur’s suggestion, Goyal had said he would immediately put up to Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani the proposal to have energy efficiency as a subject in schools. (IANS)

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