Indo-Swiss Programme on Building Energy Efficiency (BEEP)

Progetto concluso

Globally buildings account for 35% of energy use and about 20% of GHG emissions. In India, buildings even consume 40% of all energy and cause 40% of CO2 emissions. Phase 2 of BEEP has shown that 30-45% of energy savings are possible in India with marginal additional costs compared to the current way of constructing. Based on the achievements of the previous phase, Phase 3 will focus on mainstreaming and scaling-up energy efficient and thermally comfortable building design and on promoting the on-site use of renewable energy sources.

Paese/Regione Tema Periodo Budget
Canbiamento climatico ed ambiente
Conservazione energetica & efficienza
Generazione di energia rinnovabile
Politica dell'energia
01.10.2017 - 30.06.2024
CHF  7’499’500

75% of the buildings which India will see in 2047 are yet to be built. Use of electricity in buildings is rising at 10-12% annually. Growing demand and affordability for air cooling systems which provide thermal comfort will increase the energy consumption exponentially. As the current construction practices do not sufficiently take energy efficiency considerations into account, buildings become energy guzzlers and cause large amounts of CO2 emissions. In the international climate negotiations, India has committed to reducing the emission intensity of its GDP by 33-35% until 2030 from the 2005 level. This shall partly be achieved through measures in the building sector. India also intends to add 175 GW of renewables by 2022. Government initiatives such as Housing for All, 100 Smart Cities and massive private construction call for adoption of energy efficient measures and use of renewables in buildings.


Energy consumption in new commercial, public and residential buildings in India is reduced through energy-efficient and thermally comfortable design and through the application of renewable energy technologies.

Gruppi target
  • Builders / Developers/ Design professionals
  • Buyers / end users
  • Academic institutions and students
  • National, state and cities governments
  • International initiatives by UN agencies, International Energy Agency (IEA), International Partnership for Energy Efficiency cooperation (IPEEC)
  • Media
Effetti a medio termine

Energy efficiency in buildings

  • A critical mass of Indian building sector professionals adopt energy-efficient and thermally comfortable (EETC) building design as standard practice.
  • External movable shading systems (EMSYS) are established in the market in 1-2 clusters in India.
  • Measures for EETC buildings are integrated in the regulatory frameworks at the national and sub-national level.
  • Knowledge on EETC buildings is effectively brought to targeted stakeholders.

Renewables in buildings

  • 2-3 innovative renewable energy technologies for buildings are demonstrated and their performance measured.
  • Research on renewable energy scenarios and policy analysis for the promotion of demonstrated technologies are carried out.
  • Capacity building support is provided and knowledge products are widely disseminated.

Risultati principali attesi:  

  • Competencies of selected developers for EETC building design are strengthened.
  • A national award on EETC buildings is established.
  • Architecture and engineering education on EETC buildings is strengthened.
  • Innovative EMSYS products are developed either through incubation or self-supported; and the respective market is developed.
  • A national regulatory framework for EETC residential buildings is submitted to the GoI.
  • A roadmap for mainstreaming EETC buildings is accepted in selected states; and building regulations at the state and city levels are strengthened with regard to EETC.
  • Capacities at state and city levels are strengthened for roadmap implementation of EETC buildings.
  • Media is capacitated to report on EETC buildings.
  • Knowledge generated through BEEP is used to influence international discussions and processes on cost-efficient building energy measures in hot climates.

Risultati fasi precedenti:  

  • Integrated building design: Technical advice to 18 building projects, with a total built-up area of 1.4 million m2, showed 30-45% energy reduction potential through better building design with marginal additional costs.
  • Design guidelines: Guidelines for design of energy efficient for multi-storey residential buildings for hot & dry and warm & humid climates released and highlighted in India’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the international climate process. It paves the way for developing energy efficiency regulations for residential buildings.
  • Insulation material testing: 5 Indian labs trained for testing thermal insulation material and BEE assisted in developing a building insulation products labelling scheme.
  • External movable shading systems: Facilitated the development and tested the effectiveness of 5 external movable shading systems.
  • Design templates: Templates developed for the design of energy-efficient public buildings at the state level (Karnataka and Rajasthan). Technical advice provided to Andhra Pradesh for energy efficient design of its new capital.
  • Professional outreach: 1500 building professionals were introduced to the Swiss approach and to specific strategies for enhancing energy efficiency.

Direzione/Ufficio responsabile DSC
Credito Cooperazione allo sviluppo
Partner del progetto Partner contrattuale
Economia privata
Instituzione universitaria e di ricerca svizzera
  • University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland
  • Settore privato straniero Sud/Est
  • Settore privato svizzero

Coordinamento con altri progetti e attori
  • Affordable housing schemes of the Governments of India
  • Singapore-ETH Centre for Global Environmental Sustainability (SEC)
  • United Nations Development Programme
  • Global Alliance on Building and Construction (GABC) under UN Environment
  • Capacity building project for low carbon and climate resilient city development in India (CapaCITIES)
  • German International Cooperation (GIZ)
Budget Fase in corso Budget Svizzera CHF    7’499’500 Budget svizzero attualmente già speso CHF    5’957’606
Fasi del progetto

Fase 3 01.10.2017 - 30.06.2024   (Completed)

Fase 2 15.12.2012 - 30.11.2017   (Completed) Fase 1 01.10.2008 - 31.12.2012   (Completed)