Mahindra Lifespaces Developers Ltd
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Clean and Renewable Energy, Data Analysis, Sustainability and Energy Management Strategy
Kuladeep assessed energy efficiency in office buildings and charted a road map to meet the science-based targets for Scope1 and Scope2 emissions.
Mahindra Lifespace Developers Ltd. (MLDL), India's leading Real estate development company, commits to reducing absolute Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions 63% by 2033 from a 2018 base year. To help the company foster these goals, MLDL hosted EDF Climate Corps fellow Kuladeep Kumar Sadevi, a Ph.D. candidate at the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India. His task was to analyze the energy performance of the office buildings, chart out the strategies to reduce energy consumption, and pave the path towards meeting the set science-based targets for Scope1 and Scope2 emissions.
During his ten-week term at MLDL, Kuladeep assessed the office buildings' energy performance at MLDL's development sites and found that a significant part of the energy demand lies in the cooling load. Kuladeep used a whole building energy simulation tool, 'EnergyPlus', to assess the thermal behavior of buildings to arrive at the right building design strategies to reduce the cooling demand in the studied buildings. Further, he worked with the sustainability team at MLDL to prepare the sustainability guidelines and chart the future road map for all office buildings to be energy efficient. Emphasizing the need for demand reduction through building design before sourcing renewable energy, Kuladeep strongly recommended shifting from an individual measure approach to a building level integrated approach in making energy-efficient buildings.
Implementing the energy conservation measures and solar power systems, MLDL has the potential to reduce usage by 1,80,000 kilowatt-hours, reduce CO2 emissions by 153 metric tons per year, and save $21,242 in total annual costs.
With the guidelines prepared for the office buildings based on ECBC ('Energy Conservation Building Code' of India), a 25% reduction in energy demand and carbon emissions by 2025 is possible. The proposed strategic roadmap for carbon neutrality can lead to an EPI (Energy Performance Index) of less than 100 kWh/m2/Year. Thus, all the office buildings that will exist by 2035 in MLDL sites will be net-zero energy buildings.