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Energy policies and regulations for the built environment in Bangalore, India


The City of Bangalore, India faces an enormous challenge to meet its ever growing demand for energy and water and to manage its increasing waste, which pollutes the storm water drains and lakes in the city.

There is a need to refine building regulations to promote environmentally friendly, energy efficient buildings. The regulations lined out in this project aimed to cover all aspects of energy management to achieve energy efficiency at building level in Bangalore city.

The Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) and Bhurat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BPMP) are two regulatory bodies in Bangalore city responsible for planning, management and development of control measures for buildings. Both the regulatory bodies agreed to support and facilitate the project outcomes.



To help frame energy management policies and regulations for new and existing buildings in the City of Bangalore, covering a wide range of energy demand reduction and energy efficiency measures.


Main Activities

  • Frame policies, guidelines and regulations to facilitate BDA and BBMP to achieve energy efficiency and promote renewable energy at the building level in Bangalore, specifically covering:

o Reduced energy demand at design stage
o Cooling/heating systems for buildings
o Energy efficient lighting requirements
o Energy efficient appliance requirements
o Renewables such as solar water heating

  • Develop methods for economic appraisal and life cycle savings analysis to help building professionals make energy-efficient decisions
  • Make these methods available as part of a web based tool for professionals
  • Work out financial incentives (e.g. programmatic CDM) with BDA, BBMP and financial institutions
  • Develop training modules and information

Expected Impact

  • Building by-laws for the city of Bangalore revised to integrate energy efficiency and renewable energy
  • Increased awareness of energy efficiency and its advantages amongst government officials, local urban bodies as well as architects, developers builders and financial institutions
  • Growth in the market for energy efficient and renewable energy products
  • Reduction of green house emissions from the buildings sector in Bangalore
Programme Sector
Energy Efficiency / Policy and Regulation
2009 - 2010
€ 109,570 including co-funding from Web tool development
REEEP grant funded by
United Kingdom
REEEP grant funded by