India getting new PEER
The U.S. Green Building Council Inc (GBCI) will launch PEER, a system that evaluates power system performance in a building, in India by next year. The council is currently running the pilot in the country, reports the Hindu BusinessLine.
Gopalakrishnan P, managing director of APAC and West Asia markets for GBCI, said that Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal (PEER), which assesses the quality and resilience of power and energy inside a building, could add great value to institutions like hospitals, stock exchanges, airports and sea ports, where power performance is critical.
“We expect to launch PEER in the first quarter of fiscal 2018-19,” he said.
GBCI offers green building certification to buildings like Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The organization works with private and public agencies in India and currently has 2,500 projects.
Gopalakrishnan said demand for such certifications is on the rise from both private and public offices. Apart from increasing awareness, the interest is augmented by rising green businesses in the country, which is predicted to grow at a rate of 20-30 percent annually for the next five years.
Though there are improvements, Gopalakrishnan said he feels they are limited to metros and tier-I cities.
“A real change will happen only when the understanding percolates to small businesses and tier-2 and -3 cities,” he said.
To facilitate that, GBCI is organizing first edition of international conference and expo Greenbuild India in Mumbai on Nov. 2-3.