Lawrence Berkeley National Lab launches Building Innovation Guide (BIG) for Real Estate Sector
The guidebook provides technical recommendations for achieving high-performance Office buildings that are green and energy-efficient.
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Building Innovation Guide (BIG) a guidebook authored by researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Berkeley Lab) and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, was launched in India on Wednesday. The guidebook provides technical recommendations for achieving high-performance Office buildings that are green and energy-efficient. This is a result of successful partnerships and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the US and India.
The guide was introduced at the workshop on Clean Energy: Data Centers and Green Building organized by the US Trade and Development Agency as part of the US-India Standards and Conformance Cooperation Project (SCCP) Phase II. The recommendations in the BIG are suited to climatic, cultural, and construction context of India – thereby offering localized solutions.
Insights from the BIG are being shared across the nation in summer 2019, through a series of “BIGathon” events in five host cities Hyderabad, Mumbai, Delhi, Trivandrum, and Bengaluru. BIGathon events are being held in collaboration with Facilio, a unified SaaS facilities management firm, JLL, US Trade and Development Agency, American National Standards Institute, Confederation of Indian Industry, US- India Business Council, Mahindra, US- India Strategic Partnership Forum, the Energy Management Centre, Nitte School of Architecture, and the World Resources Institute.
The BIGathon is a unique opportunity to build innovation into the built infrastructure ecosystem- for US and India for thought leaders to network, collaborate, and create a movement. India is poised to become the world's fifth-largest economy, with the buildings sector representing over 30% of the nation's energy consumption.