Passive Design Techniques

June 27th-29th, 2018

India’s built sector consumes 30 per cent of its electricity and is responsible for 23.6 per cent of its greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).

India’s built sector consumes 30 per cent of its electricity and is responsible for 23.6 per cent of its greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). A more robust energy regime in built environment is crucial to reduce energy consumption and help India meet its energy target as described under Intended Nationally Determined Contributions commitment. ‘Passive design’ takes advantage of the climate to maintain occupancy comfort in buildings and associated environmental factors and reduce reliance on active lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems and can increase energy saving potential by about 40%. The government of India incentivizes and mandates these techniques through measures like Energy Conservation Building Code for commercial buildings, (ECBC 2017), energy policy which recognizes building/built environment as key player in associated reductions, integration of environmental conditions in model building bye laws etc.

Anil Agarwal Environment Training Institute (AAETI) offers this course to familiarize participants with the impact of weather conditions on comfortable dwelling, the role building physics plays in designing a built environment, and associated benchmarks. CSE has been working closely with architects and building physicists on sensitizing urban professionals on sustainable building practices and has incorporated all these principles in the AAETI campus construction. AAETI is an ECBC compliant sustainable, state of the art campus. The campus has been selected by Global Environmental Facility, Bureau of Energy Efficiency and UNDP India as one of the 24 Model Energy Efficient Buildings of the country which will be monitored for their energy performance. Participants inhabiting and interacting with the campus building features will enable them to understand the working of all 5 natural elements coming together and acting as a learning tool for building design practices and understanding of energy conservation concepts. The campus has utilized various passive techniques such as decentralized systems (waste water, building waste, renewable, water sensitive design, etc.) which the participants will be made familiar with.

(As this involves various hands on exercises, every participant is expected to have a laptop, requisite softwares link will be provided upon registration)


  • Sustainability Development Goals

  • The challenge of sustainability

  • Climatic conditions and human comfort

  • Understanding materials and their properties of insulation, thermal mass etc.

  • Understanding the solar path and the role of building orientation and shading devices.

  • Understanding building envelope and its components

  • Basics of day lighting and its components

  • Introduction to passive cooling techniques and low-energy mechanical cooling techniques

  • Hands on energy modeling exercise

  • Energy-based design of electro-mechanical services

  • Introduction to energy-efficient fixtures, controls and service systems, etc.

Rs. 20,000 per participant
Rs. 14,500 per student
Group discounts available
(Course fee includes tuition fee, external expert lecture sessions, training materials, Boarding and lodging, Transport from New Delhi to AAETI and back)

June 27th-29th, 2018

9:30 to 6pm

Anil Agarwal Environment Training Institute (Centre for Science and Environment initiative), Neemli (near Alwar), Tijara, Rajasthan 

June 17th, 2018  

Classroom lectures, case studies, class exercises and discussions

Architecture, planning and engineering students, architects, academics, researchers, professionals from built sector, urban local bodies and government officials.

For registration, please click here …



Sugeet Grover,
Senior Research Associate,
Sustainable Buildings and Habitat Programme
Centre for Science and Environment,
41, Tughlakabad Institutional Area, New Delhi-110062
Ph: 91-11-2995 5124 / 6110 (Ext. 283); Fax: 91-11-2995 5879
Mobile : +919818443366