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  • Improving efficiency in the urban built environment
    SECTOR Buildings // Undertaken By ICLEI // YEAR 2014
  • Sector Buildings

    Undertaken By ICLEI

    Undertaken By base All India

    Year 2014

    Rapid urbanisation requires adequate provision for urban infrastructure, buildings and services to meet the needs of the increasing population in cities, both effectively and sustainably. However, at the urban level, our understanding of how sustainability and resource efficiency issues might be addressed has been limited. The built environment and within that specifically, environmental norms and energy efficiency are subject to a number of policies, laws and regulations handled in different capacities by a range of Ministries and Departments. They vary by scale – from a level of a building, community or large developments to city level interventions; and also by governance pathways at the local, state and national level. These policies/programmes very often refer to a set of overlapping and sometimes conflicting norms for efficiency in the built environment. Addressing efficiency and sustainability concerns at an urban level offers the potential to optimise energy efficiency interventions with urban design norms, for example, at a community level. To enable this, Shakti supported an assessment of polices which impact urban efficiency and explore possibilities for harmonisation.

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  • Responding to the Urban Heat Island effect
    SECTOR Buildings // Undertaken By AB Lall Architects // YEAR 2014
  • Sector Buildings

    Undertaken By AB Lall Architects

    Undertaken By base All India

    Year 2014

    Urban Heat Island (UHI) is an urban area with higher surface and ambient air temperatures than its surrounding suburban and rural areas. This phenomenon is generally associated with increase in built up area in urban environments. The increase in near-surface air temperatures directly impacts the cooling requirements within buildings leading to a shift towards air-conditioned comfort, while adversely impacting the comfort of pedestrians and cyclists in the city, leading to a shift towards motorised transport. Both of these factors directly impact the energy requirements and further add to the urban anthropogenic heat, creating a vicious cycle. Addressing this Urban Heat Island effect is, therefore, essential for low-carbon urban growth in the country.

    In this backdrop, Shakti commissioned A B Lall Architects to review the current status of research and policy response on the Urban Heat Island effect, and identify potential policy initiatives to help mitigate urban heat island effect.

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  • Cool Roofs for Cool Delhi
    SECTOR Buildings // Undertaken By Environmental Design Solutions (EDS) // YEAR 2011
  • Sector Buildings

    Undertaken By Environmental Design Solutions (EDS)

    Undertaken By base All India

    Year 2011

    Design of the roof of a building is critical to its energy consumption and is responsible for about one-fifth of the total heat gain in a building. This is crucial in its impact on the air-conditioning requirement for the building. Cool roofs provide a low cost solution that reduces daytime heat flow through the roof and decreases air-conditioning use by keeping indoor temperatures 6 to 8 degrees lower. They also help in improving occupant comfort level and mitigate the urban heat island effects.

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  • Revision of CPWD specifications and schedule of rates for ECBC compliance
    SECTOR Buildings // Undertaken By The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI) // YEAR 2011
  • Sector Buildings

    Undertaken By The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI)

    Undertaken By base All India

    Year 2011

    To ensure effective implementation of the ECBC and building energy efficiency measures in India, it is imperative that all major government and private organizations in the country adopt building energy efficiency as an inherent part of their construction process. All across India, for building-related works like developing building specifications, preparing estimates, floating tenders and developing contracts, organizations have been referring to Central Public Works Department (CPWD) documents – CPWD Specifications, Plinth Area Rates, Delhi Schedule of Rates and Analysis of Rates. This grant to TERI was to provide recommendations to revise the existing CPWD documents to integrate Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) compliant specifications to facilitate the integration of energy efficient building measures in all building contract documents from the pre-design stage itself and make it an inherent part of the existing building construction process.

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  • Improving efficiency in the urban built environment

    Rapid urbanisation requires adequate provision for urban infrastructure, buildings and services to meet the needs of the increasing population in cities.>>

  • Responding to the Urban Heat Island effect

    Responding to the Urban Heat Island effect is essential for low-carbon urban growth in the country.>>

  • Revision of CPWD specifications and schedule of rates for ECBC compliance

    Recommendations to revise the existing CPWD documents to integrate Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) compliant specifications>>

  • Cool Roofs for Cool Delhi

    Design of the roof of a building is critical to its energy consumption and is responsible for about one-fifth of the total heat gain in a building. This is crucial in its impact on the air-conditioning requirement for the building. Cool roofs provide a low cost solution that reduces daytime heat flow through the roof and decreases air-conditioning use by keeping indoor temperatures 6 to 8 degrees lower. They also help in improving occupant comfort level and mitigate the urban heat island effects.>>

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