New Education Policy and Energy Efficiency: Understanding through the Lens of a Solar Decathlon India Team

Mehak Gupta

MBS School of Planning and Architecture,
New Delhi, India

Prabhjot Singh

Indian Institute of Technology Ropar, India

Asad Sahir

Indian Institute of Technology Ropar, India
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Gupta, M., Singh, P., Sahir, A. (2024). New Education Policy and Energy Efficiency: Understanding through the Lens of a Solar Decathlon India Team. In Proceedings of Energise 2023- Lifestyle, Energy Efficiency, and Climate Action, pp 330–338, Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy.


  • Academic Institutions are encouraged to leverage energy efficiency and water conservation goals in future planning to cut on operation costs.
  • 27% reduction may be achieved by a combination of rainwater harvesting and use of fixtures.
  • 220 MWh renewable energy generation potential exists with the envisaged building.
  • Government of India’s New Education Policy 2020 is not only curricula change but also invites new building concepts.
  • Solar Decathlon India’s Educational Building Contest is an important avenue for idea generation.


Academic institutions are excited about the opportunities that are showcased by the Government of India’s New Education Policy 2020 regarding the potential impact that it can have on learners. Inspired by this important development, a team of engineering and architecture students took the initiative to consider exploring energy-efficient building designs through the Solar Decathlon India contest in support of the new policy. The team contributed to developing a concept for a “Student Life Centre” – a building that particularly deals with student activities to enable them to pursue their passions along with their studies. This idea was a unique concept for an educational building as participating students got an opportunity to visualize and appreciate the economic aspects. From the author’s analysis, before introducing coursework based on the New Education Policy in curricula, academic institutions may benefit if they visualize the options that the built environment may offer in accelerating learning. 


Education, Solar Decathlon India, Energy-Efficient Buildings, Governance, Building Science


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