India faces a tremendous housing challenge in terms of quantity, quality and affordability of housing. As we continue to grow and increase the housing supply, it is also important to adopt a low carbon development trajectory in wake of the climate crisis. The ‘Pitch to Policy’ aims to attract and groom ideas that can accelerate the housing market on this path. Specifically, it seeks interventions in the residential sector to contribute to C02 emission reduction.

P>P India
Pitch To Policy (P>P) is a call out for building sector professionals, managers, and designers who can make immediate sustainable choices in their work. These actors are working today where there are chances to remove obstacles, where they can try technologies and they can make choices that start our field in much more sustainable directions. These actions and choices are ultimately accompanied by policy change, top-down governance and national plans but Pitch To Policy acts more quickly, identifying immediate opportunities at the work site, on the drawing paper and in the market.

There are opportunities for safer, cooler houses, houses that emit fewer GHGs, and materials and techniques that are low carbon but also profitable. Top-down and bottom-up efforts together are needed to mainstream buildings that are climate responsible and meet sustainable development goals. Succeeding in the housing sector is especially critical. 

Shortlisted teams will pitch their idea in front of the jury consisting of representatives from building industry - experts, engineers, policy shapers and entrepreneurs. The winners will become part of GBPN network to receive long -term support to hopefully become fully funded.


The entries will be judged on the articulation of the relevance of the problem statement, strength of proposed solution, its potential to accelerate the adoption of the energy conservation code for residential building to provide low carbon, thermally comfortable, affordable housing.


The three best team will be awarded a prize of USD 2,000 each directly from GBPN. This prize is not payment for work. All teams receive a participation certificate.

If you could change one thing ..
Do you or your team have an idea that would help implement and integrate the Energy Conservation Building Code for Residential Buildings (ECBC-R, also known as Econiwas Samhita or ENS) more efficiently and effectively in the current policies? Do you have a technical idea, a traditional building idea, or a building technique you can share?  With more help could it spread and grow?  Do you have an idea that would work if competing firms got together?

GBPN is calling for individuals or small teams to participate in Pitch to Policy to help streamline the implementation of ENS in various levels (local, state and central). If you could change one thing what would that be? A change in the local law or local building codes? Or maybe you have an idea how to reduce energy use? Or improve thermal comfort? We want to hear your pitch!

Design & Retrofit

architecture, engineering, urban planning, re-zoning, change of use, upgrade


regulations, laws, building codes, permits, capacity building


demand, supply, incentives, taxes, imports


loans, investment, carbon trading


curriculum, professional, vocational, public education

Building systems

systems, components, technology, traditional practices and systems

Construction & Materials

life-cycle, embodied energy, circular economy

Energy systems

renewable, grid interactive, efficiency, fuel mix

Operations & Maintenance

behaviour, schedules, machine plant, occupancy

Access, Health & Well-being

affordability, availability, location, comfort, safety, indoor environment quality

Benefits of participating

GBPN will provide high quality evidence and training, and will help you to build your project and pitch it.  A pitch is just like pitching a new invention, but you will be pitching your opportunity for change. When your team pitches, it competes with up to 9 other teams. Applicants who are judged by participating local government officials, experts and donors, and will receive mentorship to make change and exclusive opportunities to get further funding with GBPN.

Prize money!


P>P will provide participants with intensive tailored training or expert insights to help them take an opportunity, remove an obstacle, get access to the right people or whatever they need to succeed.  You'll have the opportunity to learn about the obstacles and challenges in the built environment: building regulations, best practices, technology, enforcement, occupant behaviour or any other topic that might be relevant to your idea. We'll help you to build your project and to develop it for funding.
GBPN Network
All Pitch To Policy India 2020 participants are invited to join the GBPN network. The network is a community of practice for sustainable buildings.  This network has been created and is supported to help the diffusion of information about sustainable development. Network members may be approached for their interest or support of ongoing Pitch To Policy events. It is not compulsory for participants to sign up to GBPN Network. GBPN will not contact or otherwise solicit participants who do not join GBPN Network.

How much time will be required for me

We intend to provide approximately 20 hours of training and tutoring that will take place mainly online in order to facilitate the participation of those who have professional engagements.

A bootcamp is run online where everyone works together for four half-days. The pitching final is run at the bootcamp.

Who can participate

Engineers, society members, architects, bloggers, developers or field experts, anyone with a convincing plan can participate. Submitted solutions can be technically complex or ingeniously simple, as long as they make an impact on the building environment sustainability.

Who is organizing

P2P is organized by the Global Building Performance Network, supported by ps Collective

Call for mentors and networkers

If you're an educator, policy expert or super networker join in with your knowledge! You can contribute with content, expertise, course or a workshop. If you have a course or a material that you'd like to share or apply as a mentor, send an email to