Training programme on Advanced Passive Design Techniques

Date: 12th- 16th March 2018

Venue: Anil Agarwal Environment Training Institute

The Habitat Programme team conducted training in AAETI from 12th to 16th March on how to incorporate passive design features and techniques into the built environment. The 23 participants included representatives from various universities related to the built environment along with architects from government bodies such as CPWD as well as architecture students, facility manager and oceanographer.

The five day programme started off with participants understanding the challenges that lie ahead in built sector before moving on to delving into building physics and its effects on buildings. Various factors that affect human thermal comfort and how some of them can be managed without the usage of external energywere understood   Examples of passive design strategies pertaining to wind, envelope and cooling were discussed by experts from the field with the help of live projects from the country and abroad.

Energy Conservation Building Code was discussed and its components debated in detail. Design decisions and their effectiveness were later tested in a software that could simulate the building and its external conditions in bringing down energy consumption in a building.

The training will help participants to design or retrofit a habitat by using natural and building elements to achieve human comfort rather than only relying on energy guzzling active systems. The built environment can benefit heavily from such knowledge to bring down their energy consumption.