The Indo-Swiss Building Energy Efficiency Project (BEEP) is a bilateral cooperation project between the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) of the Swiss Confederation, and the Ministry of Power (MoP), Government of India. The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) is the implementing agency on behalf of the MoP.
The overall objective of the project is to reduce energy consumption in new buildings in India. The specific objective is to build capacities and knowledge of builders, architects, engineers, labs, institutions and others, in the area of building energy efficiency in India by utilizing/adapting Swiss experience and expertise. BEEP does this through knowledge products, training and capacity building programmes
The BEEP project wanted to build an
BEEP wanted the website to be developed on an open-source platform and work as a social network for a focused group of experts. On the
BEEP decided to
Srijan was chosen as the Drupal development services partner for this project because of its reputation as Drupal agency as well as its proven track-record of working with non-profits like Ashoka, Oxfam, i7san and many more. Srijan’s deep knowledge of modules that catered exactly to what
The design of the website was done by Srijan’s partner, Design for Use. Srijan, Design for Use and BEEP worked in a highly collaborative mode to streamline the requirements. All the website requirements were discussed and defined through workshops.
The website was developed in Drupal 7.
Creation of Groups: Srijan used Organic Groups to create public and private groups for the website. Private groups are invite-only groups, which are visible only to the members. Public groups are visible to all. A user who is not logged in at the website can only view the groups, not comment.
The website has its own login mechanism as well as allows a user to log in using his LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter accounts. Videos and pictures can be added as
The site has made conducting events and their promotions and collaboration on ideas very simple. It is being used to spread information about various energy efficiency related competitions and events being organized by BEEP. For example, BEEP has conducted a competition for
Seven seminars and three industry