No matter what the outcome of the 2015 COP global negotiations in Paris is, one thing is clear — India’s key challenge is how to significantly reduce its carbon emissions per capita while at the same time improve living standards for all its citizens, which is its natural right as a rapidly developing nation.
At present the world is on course for unprecedented changes in the weather, which will require all of India’s buildings to be truly resilient and able to cope with increased storms, more power cuts and droughts due to climate change.
The challenge is enormous when one considers that a global cut of 80 per cent in carbon emissions is needed by 2050, just to stop the critical temperature rise of 2 degrees, beyond which scientists believe that mass changes will take place. In fact, many of these changes are already happening now, and we are on a major catch-up curve just to stand still.
Net positive energy: The good news is that India is primed to leapfrog over conventional green building solutions by joining the vanguard of designers who are producing ‘net positive energy’ buildings, which generate more energy than they consume and absorb more carbon dioxide than they emit by acting as ‘resource nodes’ within a smart energy grid.