Roundtable on ‘Affordable housing: Addressing Thermal Comfort and Energy Efficiency’ in Bangalore

Date:  July 26, 2019
Habitat Programme of CSE organized a roundtable titled ‘Affordable housing: Addressing Thermal Comfort and Energy Efficiency’ in Bangalore on 26th July 2019. Around 60 experts, academia and professionals of the built environment were convened to draw on strategies to mainstream thermally comfortable, energy efficient and sustainable mass affordable housing.
Chaired by Dr. Hariharan Chandrashekar, Co-founder and Chairman, BCIL ZED Homes and Anumita Roychowdhury, Rajneesh Sareen, Dr. Gopiprasad and Anup Naik from Institute of Urban Designers India – Bangalore Chapter, and Dr. Chidambara Swamy (Director) from School of Planning and Architecture University of Mysuru. The sessions raised key questions lurking around preparation of thermal comfort strategies and their integration with mass affordable housing construction under PMAY.
CSE presented its study titled ‘A Midsummer Nightmare' which brought about the issue of how rising temperatures, demand for space cooling in buildings is expected to explode and upset the energy budget of India.
CSE also presented a scoping study titled 'Optimizing the Third Skin' that highlighted how a sample housing scheme complies with the Eco-Niwas Samhita 2018 - also called the Energy Conservation Building Code for Residential in its various aspects. The study further elaborated on the performance of the design on its daylighting potential as well as the performance of the non-conventional technologies in providing thermal comfort for the occupants.