The EcoNiwas Website(www.econiwas.com) was launched in December 2017 by the President of India to raise awareness and make people interested in energy efficiency measures in buildings.The EcoNiwas Website developed under the “Indo-German Energy programme” contains the information about the policies, various tools for evaluating the energy performance of residential units, events, news, publications and other resources related to the programme .The EcoNiwas Website aims to promote energy efficiency in residential buildings by showcasing insightful information covered under IGEN-EERB about various policies/programmes executed at national and state level. Tools that have been developed for Building performance evaluation are quite resourceful with a simple and interactive interface to raise awareness and sensitize people for adopting energy efficiency measures in buildings and educate users with energy saving potential,cost savings and CO2 emission reduction. There are three different types of tools with different specifications available on econiwas for the use of common individual and building professionals who want to exercise energy efficiency of various customizable options including analyzing the compliance status of the building design as per Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) guidelines and regulation.The EcoNiwas website has evolved to a working space and exchange platform.
Phase 1: The website incorporates a basic information center for the public and a simple tool for students and interested people. The objective of phase 1 is to raise awareness and make people interested in energy efficiency measures in buildings.
Phase 2: The information center will expand further and thereby, it will host a platform interesting also for professionals. The EcoNiwas website will evolve to a working space and exchange platform. A possible "Appliance Tool" would show the interior of a building and the possibility to play around with appliances’ energy efficiency. The objective of phase 2 is to provide a holistic and comprehensive website and tool.
Phase 3: A transition towards sustainable buildings shall be illustrated by more characteristics. Furthermore, all building typologies including commercial, public and other buildings will be made available in selection criteria. Driven by innovative programs and most appropriate technologies, the tool will frequently be updated to the newest standards. This gives the opportunity for suppliers and manufactures to place their products together with comprehensive information in the tool.
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