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Buildings account for about 30% of all energy consumption globally and a significant
share of greenhouse gas emissions. Building energy codes help ensure that new buildings
use energy efficiently, and this can reduce building energy use by 50% or more compared
to buildings designed without energy efficiency in mind. This is important because
buildings typically last 30-50 years, and it is much less expensive and time-consuming to
design for energy efficiency than to retrofit a building later. Based on the experience of
the Asia-Pacific region, it is clear that building energy codes, when implemented, save
energy and improve comfort in new buildings. By design, most building energy codes are
cost-effective, saving consumers significant amounts of money on their energy bills.
The Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate (APP) is a public-
private collaboration to accelerate the development and deployment of clean energy
technologies. APP partners include Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, Republic of
Korea, and the United States (the U.S.). APP countries account for more than half of the
global economy, energy consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions. APP's Buildings
and Appliance Task Force (BATF) provides a forum for APP partners to work together
on energy efficiency in buildings and appliances. This report was prepared under the
framework of BATF, in particular a BATF project called "Survey building energy codes
and develop scenarios for reducing energy consumption through energy code
enhancement in APP countries" (BATF-06-24).
At the request of the U.S. Department of Energy, the Pacific Northwest National
Laboratory's Joint Global Change Research Institute has prepared a series of reports
surveying building energy codes in the seven APP countries. These reports include
country reports on building energy codes in each APP partner country and a comparative
report based on the country reports. This particular report is the country report on
building energy codes in India.
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Evans, Meredydd; Shui, Bin & Somasundaram, Sriram. Country Report on Building Energy Codes in India, report, April 7, 2009; Richland, Washington. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc932248/m1/5/: accessed February 23, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.