Mainstreaming Thermal Comfort in Affordable Housing

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COURSE DURATION:   November 26th- 29th, 2019
Anil Agarwal Environment Training Institute,
Nimli (near Alwar), Tijara, Rajasthan  
LAST DATE FOR APPLYING: November 24th 2019

Under the current flagship programme for affordable housing in urban and rural areas—Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), 35 million dwelling units are targeted to be built by 2022. This is going to have a huge impact on resource consumption. India’s built sector already consumes 30 per cent of its electricity and is responsible for 23.6 percent of its greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).

Therefore, 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. At the same time, the India Cooling Action Plan (ICAP) has put on the table the issue of thermal comfort and the need for it to be ensured in the upcoming building stock. ‘Passive design’ takes advantage of the climate to maintain occupancy comfort in buildings.

It reduces buildings’ environmental impact and 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 the Eco Niwas Samhita 2018 for residential buildings.

Anil Agarwal Environment Training Institute (AAETI) offers this course to familiarize participants with the impact of weather conditions, building geometry, material choices and the role building physics plays in designing affordable dwellings.


  • Sustainability Development Goals
  • Environmental governance for built sector with focus on codes and impact assessment
  • Eco Niwas Samhita (Residential)
  • Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – overview, issues and progress in states.
  • Human thermal comfort
  • Introduction to Building Material and Technology Promotion Council’s compendium of building materials and construction technologies.
  • Understanding building envelope and its material properties
  • Daylighting and its components
  • Introduction to passive cooling techniques and low-energy mechanical cooling techniques
  • Energy Simulation Modeling


21,000 per participant. Partial sponsorship and Group Discounts available. (Course fee includes tution fee, external expert lecture sessions, training materials, Boarding and lodging, Transport from New Delhi to AAETI and back)


November 26th-29th, 2019
TIMING : 9:30 – 17:30


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


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

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