About CARBSE

About CARBSE

Centre for Advanced Research in Building Science and Energy (CARBSE) aims at providing an impetus for research in energy efficiency in built environment & energy – resource management at large. Its objective is to carry out in- depth research in the fields of energy efficient building design, energy efficient building construction processes, environment friendly construction materials and resource audit & management.


CARBSE has been awarded a status of a “Regional Energy Efficiency Centre on building energy efficiency” by USAID ECOIII program and “Centre of Excellence” by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India. Presently, CARBSE has capacity to carry out component and whole building energy performance analysis through various energy simulation programs. It offers training programs for energy simulation and also conducts research using these tools. CARBSE has capabilities to characterize building materials for their thermo-physical-optical properties. It is engaged in generating a ro-bust database of building materials available in India. It also offers its commercial services to characterize insulation and fenestration products for their SHGC, U Value, Solar Reflectance Index and Air Leakage rates. Establishment of these capabilities has helped CARBSE to provide support for uniform implementation of Energy Code in the building sector in India, developed by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE).CARBSE has its own building to house building energy simulation laboratory and building energy performance testing laboratory along with facilities to conduct training and dissemination activities. It is envisaged that this demonstration building will act as living laboratory to conduct research and development in the areas of building energy efficiency, thermal comfort modeling, daylighting and low energy cooling technologies. Attempts have been made to make this building as a Net Zero Energy Building.

Centre for Advanced Research in Building Science and Energy (CARBSE) is Supported by:

  • Ministry of New and Renewable Energy Govt. of India
  • Department of Science and Technology – Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) – CBERD
  • Gujarat Energy Development Agency
  • U.S. Agency for International Development – Regional Energy Efficiency
  • iNDEXTb(Industrial Extension Bureau) Govt. of Gujarat – Center for Green Energy & Efficiency

Ahmedabad – Regional Energy Efficiency Center for Buildings

Objectives of CARBSE

  • Establish state-of-art building simulation facilities & conduct training programs for professionals & educators
  • Help government to formulate & implement energy conservation policy & initiatives and also help local government to adopt ECBC & formulate local regulation to comply ECBC – LEED –GRIHA Assessments
  • Build advance building envelop energy performance laboratory & establish certification and labeling program for fenestrations & related products
  • Initiate demonstration projects to showcase & generate awareness of energy efficient design and technology
  • Generate ro-bust database for energy scenario of building sector in India; work towards low energy building design & its benchmarking.
  • Create enhanced knowledge of construction materials & practices for energy efficient buildings in India.
  • Develop tools for practicing consultants to comply with regulations and codes and enhance existing teaching tools for educators including energy, land & water.
  • Develop methodical approach for guidelines to integrate renewable energy source in contemporary building design & construction.
  • Construct its own building demonstrating best of design & technology – CARBSE is envisioned this to be a living laboratory for research in energy efficient buildings.
  • Expand research and dissemination activities in area of Urban Planning & Design with integrated approach to resource planning including energy, land & water.
Supported by:

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy Govt. of India, Gujarat Energy Development Agency, U.S. Agency for International Development iNDEXTb (Industrial Extension Bureau) Govt. of Gujarat, Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, New Delhi