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Building-Level Cooling And Ventilation Systems In South Asia

Extreme heat adversely affects human health and day-to-day activities. It inhibits the physiological processes by restricting the bodily heat, leading to the rise of core body temperature and water loss to perspiration. It is crucial to equally prioritize energy efficiency, thermal comfort, and indoor air quality when addressing

The Third Party Assessor Model For ECBC Compliance And Enforcement

Background: The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), India, launched the Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) in 2007. In order to achieve significant compliance and subsequently, higher energy savings, the code must


Enabling The Ecosystem To Improve Access To Green Affordable Housing For Women Research And Innovation (Sept 2021-Aug 22)

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) assigned Center for Advanced Research in Building Science and Energy (CARBSE) to support green building ecosystem in the affordable housing sector in India, in coordination with IIFL Home Finance Limited (IIFL Home Finance), a private sector housing finance company with a strategic focus

INtelligent Urban Model For Built Environment Energy Research (INUMBER)- (2017-2021)

Sustainable urbanization requires the provision of secured energy for health & comfort. The Key to planning sustainable energy services is how energy demand changes over time, space and tools to help plan its reduction & generation.

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Global Innovation Initiative – (2014-2016)
The Global Innovation Initiative (GII) was a commitment between the United Kingdom and the United States of America to strengthen research collaboration between universities in the UK, USA, and emerging economies of Brazil, China, India and Indonesia. In consistent with the vision set by the UK Prime Minister David Cameron and USA President Barak Obama in joint statements signed in 2011 and 2012, GII was initially announced in 2013. The two year project (2014-2016) was created to support multilateral higher education research collaborations to address global challenges.
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Advancing Buildings Energy Efficiency In India- 2012

Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation (SSEF) was established in 2009 to facilitate India’s transition to a sustainable energy future by promoting policies that encourage energy efficiency as well as the increased generation of renewable energy. Energy efficiency is a key component of Shakti’s strategy. With support received from SSEF, CEPT University has worked on various projects in the field of energy efficiency.

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Residential Characterization
Energy conservation building code 2006 (ECBC) meant to regulate commercial buildings in India. Next version of ECBC, called ECBC 2016 is to be based on multiple building types including multi family high rise residential building categorised by National Building Code (NBC).

CARBSE aims to build comprehensive understanding about residential sector, energy consumption and thermal

Impact Of ECBC On Building Energy Consumption At City Level, Phase 3
In 2016, CEPT worked on Impact of Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) at city level and quantified energy savings by examining available floor space within city for six cities i.e. Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Udaipur, Kakinada, Pune and Pimpri Chichwad. CEPT wish to create prototype model for city level energy conservation prediction by correlating existing building stock,

Study aims to identify future stock of buildings in Ahmedabad and help city better manage their energy supply scenario in a city. Study aims to help utility company supplying electricity to city of Ahmedabad co-relate seasonal load variations and causes of peak demand, city level administration to understand impact of ECBC on commercial and residential sectors. Since this study relies more on spatial configurations, it envisages to help identify opportunities to reduce peak energy demand and also help evaluate potential of roof top SPV integration potential. Such study is going to be precursor to city level stock modelling which can be replicated in othercities specially aiming to work towards Smart City title.

Potential Energy Saving Due To ECBC Implementation – A Case Study Of Ahmedabad

Energy savings by Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) implementation with regards to estimation of floor space at city level had been a challenge. Precise understanding of current floor space stock along with its historical growth pattern can help estimate floor space at city level. The study attempts to

Developing A Tiered Approach For ECBC Compliance

Background: The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), India, launched the Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) in 2007. Through mandatory compliance with the ECBC, India can achieve estimated annual energy saving of 1.7 billion

Calibrated Building Energy Simulation

Background: Building simulations and energy calculations based on detailed modeling form an extremely important tool for design and investigation of energy efficient buildings. Various building components and building forms can be tested for

Potential For Maintaining Comfort And Achieving Energy Savings In India Using Low Energy Cooling Technologies

In the absence of space conditioning standard contextual to Indian context, the space conditioning systems for buildings are designed based on ISO and ASHRAE thermal comfort standards. Field observations have indicated that these systems often operate at 22.5 ± 1°C (72.5°F ± 1.8°F) all year round without adjusting

Grounded Energy Modelling For Equitable Urban Planning Development In The Global South – (2020-2023)
Insecure and informal access to energy impacts on all aspects of life for poor communities living in sub-standard housing in the global South. Access to affordable, reliable and safe forms of energy services has particularly profound effects on health and economic opportunities. However, the ways in which these communities access and use energy in their
As data-driven approaches to energy planning, such as Urban Building Energy Models (UBEMs), gain increasing importance as planning tools, this lack of understanding risks further marginalising the most vulnerable communities as their needs are either entirely overlooked or planned solutions fail to address their needs.

Global Cooling Prize – Ensuring Climate Action And Access To Comfort – (2019-2020)
Room Air Conditioners (RACs) are one of the most significant energy loads in modern buildings. With the warming climes and increasing RAC use, typically in the tropics, it was pertinent to address the cooling challenge through a leapfrogging international initiative in the Global Cooling Prize (GCP).

GCP was initiated with an aim to identify

Driving Efficient Low Energy Cooling Technologies Assessment To Technology Tech-Transfer (Delta-T) – (2017-2020)

India, with a population of nearly 1.2 billion, is the world’s third-largest greenhouse gas emitter. It has pledged to reduce carbon emission per unit of gross domestic product up to 35% by 2030 from the 2005 level. The building sector is experiencing unprecedented growth leading to higher energy

Low Energy Cooling And Ventilation For Indian Residences (LECaVIR) – (2017-2020)

Energy security, climate change and economic growth are matters of international importance which are affecting billions of people globally. One of the most significant global development challenge is how we mitigate against the proliferation of energy intensive air-conditioning (AC) for cooling and ventilation in buildings in response to

The U.S.-India Joint Center For Building Energy Research & Development (CBERD) – (2012-2017)

Through the Partnership to Advance Clean Energy (PACE) Research program, a five-year joint U.S. India Center for Building Energy Research and Development (CBERD) was created to

Centre For Excellence In Solar Passive Architecture And Green Building Technologies- (2011-2016)

The main aim of the Centre for Excellence in Solar Passive Architecture and Green Building Technologies established at CEPT University with support from Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), was to frame strategies for developing energy efficient, low carbon and sustainable built environment using concepts of green

Low Energy Cooling Products, Technical Potential And Market Analysis
The India specific adaptive model called IMAC developed by CEPTUniversity opens avenues for application of non-conventional cooling technologies for use ofbuildings in India. These technologies have the potential to provide comfort while requiring relatively lower amounts of operational energy. The study assesses the potential of energy savings by using such low energy cooling systems while
CARBSE team have received R&D; grant from Department of Science and Technology to improvise low energy cooling systems. Based on scientific rigor and market analysis, CARBSE envisages a definite document establishing energy saving potential due to such systems if deployed at large scale in India and a framework for evaluating such systems on common platform. Study provides an opportunity to understand potential to offset energy consumption by conventional HVAC system by deployment of low energy cooling systems.

Deployment Of Adaptive Thermal Comfort Model On Space Cooling Technologies And Energy Saving Potential

In the absence of space conditioning standard contextual to Indian context, the space conditioning systems for buildings are designed based on ISO and ASHRAE thermal comfort standards. Field observations have indicated that these systems often operate at 22.5 ± 1°C (72.5°F ± 1.8°F) all year round without adjusting to

Development Of An India Model For Adaptive (Thermal) Comfort

Background: Given India’s rapid economic growth and concomitant expansion in its commercial sector, soaring demand for air-conditioned commercial buildings can be confidently predicted. This increased demand for air-conditioned buildings in India has been

Building Material Characterization And Construction Assemblies

Background: India is experiencing tremendous expansion in Building Construction Industry. Influx of new material has increased in last decade. Building Energy Efficiency and Integration of Renewable Energy Sources has become imperative

Building Management System For Net-Zero Energy Building (NZEB)

Net-Zero Energy Building (NZEB) is envisioned as a living laboratory for continuous and in-depth building energy-efficiency research. To achieve the goal, building design contains sophisticated and flexible control systems that can support continuous research experiments on building monitoring and performance optimization. The control system in the building is

Testing Facility To Measure Daylight Performance Of Tubular Daylighting Devices (TDDs)

Providing daylight in the spaces is crucial for energy conservation as well as health and wellbeing and improved work efficiency of human beings. Tubular Daylighting Devices (TDD – also called Light pipes) are simple means of directing daylight (diffuse and direct light) from the sky into interior spaces

Mirror Box – Artificial Sky – Constructed At CARBSE For Daylight Analysis

Center for Advanced Research in Building Science and Technology (CARBSE) has constructed a Mirror Box to create Artificial Sky conditions. A mirror box is used to simulate overcast sky conditions for building models, which can help architects and engineers to understand daylight inside the building and take necessary

Single Patch Sky Simulator Getting Constructed For Daylight Analysis
Center for Advanced Research in Building Science and Technology (CARBSE) is constructing Single Patch Sky Simulator which can be used to simulate Artificial Sky. It can create various sky conditions for building models to be analysed, which helps architects and engineers to understand daylighting inside the building and make necessary changes to the design and

Reducing Global Energy Use In Buildings While Improving Occupant Comfort & Well-Being
Buildings contribute to greenhouse gas emissions more than the industrial or transportation sectors, primarily due to high energy demand and usage in air conditioning, heating and ventilation, driven by the basic human need for thermal comfort and good indoor air quality. The projects aims:
- to achieve a better understanding of human thermal comfort in
- to explore opportunities for reducing energy demand through natural ventilation, mixed mode practices and other low energy techniques that provide air movement.

Training Of Trainer Program For Educators From Architecture And Engineering Colleges

International Finance Corporation (IFC) and CARBSE conducted two Teachers Training (ToT) Program to train the educators from architecture and engineering higher education institutes. The teachers trained during this program are expected to impart education to the students in their universities to promote awareness and understanding of green buildings

Indo-Swiss Building Energy Efficiency Camp (BEEP Camp) 2019

December 15-22, 2019
The Indo-Swiss Building Energy Efficiency Camp (BEEP Camp) is an intensive and immersive experience,

National Training Program On Energy Conservation Building Code 2017 (21-23rd July 2021)

Center for Advanced Research in Building Science and Energy (CARBSE) with support from Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Ministry of Power Govt of India conducted three day refresher course for the master trainers recognised by BEE for Energy Conservation Building Code. The group of master trainings are responsible

Climate Smart Buildings: Training Program On Innovative Construction Technologies & Thermal Comfort In Affordable Housing

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Training programs announced! For application and more details, click here.

Under the Indo-German Technical Cooperation, the Federal Republic of Germany and the Republic of India jointly agreed to promote the “Indo-German Energy Program” (IGEN). IGEN aims to advance sustainability in the built environment in turn improving environment and climate conditions. Within IGEN, the Climate Smart Buildings (CSB) programme targets to enhance climate resilience and thermal comfort in buildings. It is aligned with the commitments made by the Indian Government to meet its objectives submitted under SDG 11- Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) commissioned by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) facilitates the CSB programme.

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  • Service 3: Urban micro climate modelling

The urban microclimate modelling is used to understand the effects of extreme weather on the occupant’s thermal comfort

  • Service 2: Urban building energy modelling
Urban planning plays an important role in the energy consumption at city level, and a data-driven urban design is important for the design and implementation of low carbon cities. A novel analytical setup including high performance computing and state of the art UAV has been setup to model different urban scenarios.

The Equipment consists of an robust hexa-copter with RTK capabilities for high precision position data, which is used with an 5-angle oblique camera which captures detailed aerial images

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