CSE Media Fellowship Briefing: Urbanscapes: how sustainable are our buildings and cities?

May 1-2, 2014

Casuarina Hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi 

Electricity accounted for 57 per cent of total energy consumption during 2011-12 in India -- the building sector used up close to 40 per cent of this electricity.

The share of electricity is expected to increase to 76 per cent by 2040. With efficient lighting, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration and architectural design in our buildings, it is possible to save 30-70 per cent of energy. How can we cut electricity costs in our buildings?

The construction industry in India is booming, growing at a rate of 10 per cent annually over the last 10 years, as against the world average of 5.5 per cent. Buildings use up resources such as electricity and water, along with a variety of material such as bricks and sand. The recent controversy over sand mining has put the spotlight on the need for recycle, reuse and substitute naturally sourced building and construction material. What are these options, and how can they be incorporated into our regular construction practices?

These, and some other points of contention such as rating of ‘green’ buildings, cumulative impact of big buildings and township projects on environment, and 'affordable' housing, will be discussed and debated at CSE’s media fellowship briefing on 'Urbanscapes: how sustainable are our buildings and cities?’ We invite journalists to participate in the two-day workshop which will demystify the realty sector and its impacts on environment. Experts, consultants, builders, architects, government officials and mediapersons are expected to come together at this meet.

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Programme Schedule
Buildings and environment: the big picture

By: Anumita Roychowdhury
executive director-research and advocacy, CSE

Pushing and pulling for energy efficient buildings: Policies and schemes in place and their accomplishments so far.

By: Sanjay Seth, senior energy Economist, Bureau of Energy Efficiency, New Delhi

How to make an energy efficient building: Case study of Akshay Urja Bhawan, Panchkula

By: Siddhartha Wig, architect, Chandigarh

Challenge of making housing affordable

By: Arnab Roy, executive director, National Housing Bank, New Delhi

Greening the house of urban poor: Case study

By: Siddharth Pandey, project manager, Centre for Urban and Regional Excellence, New Delhi

Waste to resource: Construction and demolition waste problem in Indian cities

By: Avikal Somvanshi, senior research associate, sustainable buildings programme, CSE

How to recycle: Case study of Delhi/Burari Plant

By: NB Mazumdar, senior technical adviser, IL&FS environmental infrastructure and services limited, New Delhi

Case study: Indira Pariyavaran Building

By: Deependra Prashad Architects and Planners, New Delhi

Media Clippings

Eastern Mirror | Imphal | May 8,2014

Energy Conservation Building Code to be introduced in NE


The Hitavada | May 4, 2014

Goods worth lakhs gutted in separate incidents

The Times of India | New Delhi | May 2, 2014

Construction debris choking city

The Hindu | Delhi | May 2, 2014

2030 India will see massive housing crunch