Who do I serve?

One of the tribes I’m imagining myself working with more deeply are home owners that are environmentally conscious and want to go back to their traditional roots by sensitively building a home close to nature . Problems they face include: Lack of expertise among architects, not knowing where to begin, “no-one else is doing it”, finding that some mainstream designers are even against the idea.

They fear that it may not be done well, and even begin to wonder if it is really possible to actualize such an eco-friendly dream home. They worry that they may not have control over the project as there is limited knowledge to go by and they need to place a large amount of trust on whomever they award the project to.

However, their desire is to find oneness with nature, respect the environment, give back to the world, be proud of and love and nurture this home deeply, passing it down long after they are gone, as a legacy.

The unique skills I bring to such projects include in-depth knowledge, expertise, analysis to quantify their contribution in carbon and energy savings. Being able to communicate with them on these issues and grow with them, in an honest and transparent way with humility.
I deeply listen and empathize with their needs to integrate values of sustainability in all the processes going beyond the building and deep into sustainability as a whole lived experience!

While they mostly reside in a city, feeling untethered from their roots, traditions and belief systems over a lifetime lived in the metropolitan cities, they are people that want to come full circle as they approach retirement and desire to build a new life close to nature while still having access to health infrastructure, their close friends from over their lifetime, support networks and their city home, from time to time.

I wish to help them in designing their balance between the city life and nature’s contentment, fulfilment, joy and peace.

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NAGPUR January 2019 Sustainable Design and Energy Simulation

Building Energy India’s Director, Udeet Methala, in collaboration with IDEAS Nagpur, organised and conducted a two day immersive training on green buildings, energy modelling analysis and building science principles to inculcate sustainability architectural design process. Participants included practicing architects, faculty and students from various colleges of architecture- Institute of Design Education and Architetural StudiesSMMCA and  Visveswarya National Institute of Technology Nagpur.

Participant Learnings:
• Virtually model buildings and their systems applying the full range of physics taught during the course.
• Evaluate, select, use, calibrate and interpret the results of energy modeling software where applied to building and systems energy performance and cost savings.
• In detail building science principles of materials, heat transfer, solar geometry & shading, climate analysis and psychrometry.
• Create hybrid strategies for Passive design.
• propose Zero/ Low energy cooling technologies available in India.
• An overview of LEED, GRIHA, ECBC, IGBC green rating systems.
• Analysis of any 1 current project design during the workshop in a guided environment.

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The training was well received and participants were able to resolve various doubts and queries. Most of the learning in the training was new to most of the participants and helped them understand the basic scientific principles in building design, material, space use, technology and passive methods.

The training helped them understand many terms and values so that they were able to relate easily with the range of inputs required for an energy model for simulation.

The IDEAS campus was a great example in itself of many of the sustainable principles used in building design, including landscape, ventilation, courtyards and material.


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Winter School on Sustainable Habitat | VNIT and Dept. of Science and Technology, Gov. of India

Udeet Methala, Director, Building Energy India was selected to train for 6 days at the winter school on Sustainable Habitat.

The training was conducted from 7th to 12th of January, 2019 under the Human Capacity Building Programme of CCP-SPLICE Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India.

A series of such trainings are being conducted under various major aspects of Sustainable Habitats in India.

Titled Capacity Building for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation with a special focus on Sustainable Habitat and Risk Management, the training was organised at the Seminar Hall in the Department of Applied Mechanics at Visveswarya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur.

The residential 6 day intensive course ensured that participants engaged deeply with the subject topics and developed a network among themselves as well. This network encompassed academicians, practitioners, and government from all parts of the country, making it an all-round training.

Speakers at the course included the following from VNIT:

Dr. Rajashree Kotharkar
Dr. Ratnesh Kumar
Dr. Pankaj Bahadure
Dr. Sarika Bahadure
Dr. Rahul Ralegaonkar
Dr. Sachin Mandavgane

and expert speakers from other parts of the country included:

Dr. Harimohan Pillai, Architect- Archiestudio, Trichur, Kerala
Dr. Chandrani Bandyopadhyay, Head- Training Cell, NIDM, Delhi
Dr. T.V. Ramachandra, Prof. Energy & Wetlands, Research Group, CES, IIsc Bengaluru
Prof. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, HoD, Dept. of Transport and Planning, SPA Delhi
Mr. Akshay Kaul, Principal Ecological Planner, Delhi
Prof. Dr. Nikhil Ranjan Mandal, HoD (U.R.P), Dept. Planning, SPA Bhopal
Dr. Anurag Ashok Kandya, Asst. Prof. PDP University, Gandhinagar
Mr. Uday Ghiye, Smart City Mission, Nagpur
Mr. Devendra Mahajan, Smart City Mission, Nagpur
Mr. Madhav D Naneshwar, (Retd.) Chief Scientist, CWRDM, Calicut, Kerala


GreenPro certification for ‘Plumbing Fixtures’ Technical Committee Meeting

30th August, 2018

GreenPro – Green Product certification launched by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has gained momentum significantly. More than 375 products have achieved GreenPro certification and are available in the market. The demand for green products has significantly increased in the recent past due to the Indian Green Building movement which aims at achieving green building footprint of 10 billion Sq.ft by 2022.

Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Indian Plumbing Association (IPA) and the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials(IAPMO) are jointly promoting use of water efficient plumbing fixtures. As part of this, GreenPro – Green Product certification for ‘Plumbing Fixtures’ has been developed to certify water efficient plumbing fixtures and promoting the same amongst the end users.

Building Energy India was invited to the Technical Committee Meeting on #GreenPro certification for ‘Plumbing Fixtures’ at the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) office in Mumbai. The meeting headed by Gurmit Singh Arora, Executive Board member and Fellow #IGBC Mumbai and President of the Indian Plumbing Association. The proposed green rating system for water related fixtures was presented by Principal Counsellor, CII, S. Karthikeyan. Attendees of the committee meeting included Mr. A Hindocha, Mr. Viral H. Shah, Mr. Sudhir Shah, Mr. Karthik Arora, Mr. Atul Dhiman, and other consultants from the field. The rating focussed on the 8 parameters considered for measuring efficiency of the product and its resource footprint during design, manufacture and useful life.

The 8 parameters being considered in this rating system are:

  1. -Product Design
  2. -Product Performance
  3. -Raw Materials
  4. -Manufacturing Process
  5. -Waste Management
  6. -Life Cycle Approach
  7. -Product Stewardship
  8. -Innovation

Details of the compliance and criteria were discussed comprehensively. Although not  yet mandatory to implement, the rating system encourages product manufacturers to claim benefits for their efforts to become green, and creates awareness for end users so as to make decisions in the right direction.


The Energy Conservation Building Code Regional Consultation

13th February, 2018

Building Energy India was invited to the Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC)
Residential Part 1, Regional stakeholder consultation in Mumbai.

The consultation included many top architects and engineers working towards making buildings energy efficient and led to very pertinent questions about the basis, objectives, statistics, validity of the findings and applicability of the proposed code.

The code seems to have reached a final level of completion. Compliance for a large volume of the new/proposed residential building stock can expect it to be within acceptable range.

However a few things needed more careful attention: One of the major flaws that came to light was the absence of shading in the energy simulations done to arrive at the prescribed values.

Shading being one of the most well used methods of the country to offset heat gain from the envelope (walls + roof). One of the reasons/ concerns may be that shading isn’t a large feature in cold climates/ the West, where the sun’s heat is welcomed. An India specific code however would be expected to account for inter-shading between buildings, rooftops, windows, balconies and landscape shading.

Since it has been overlooked entirely while preparing this code, this leads to more questions.Although prescription based codes have often been criticized for being too narrow and impractical for certain parts of the country, the counter argument is that “we need to start somewhere”, and so as a first step all types cannot be arrived at, and instead ranges are made within each all parts of India must lie.

The number of locations where energy values of the building energy simulation results were compared to corresponding measurements from the actual building, i.e, to determine margin of error; also seemed low for a country-wide code with 5 climate specific proposals in a single code. When these numbers will be made public along-with the code by the Ministry they can be studied more in detail.Many other concerns were also raised at the consultation and have been duly noted and taken back for revision.

It is appreciable that Pierre Jaboyedoff and his team at PMTU Switzerland and India have put in a lot of effort and time to develop this code. Now it is up to our government to enforce and implement the code as a mandatory requirement for all future development in the residential sector.

“Weather Extremes” not Climate Change

Weather Extremes are real! They told us to use “Climate Change” and not “Global Warming” a few years ago. I don’t care what you call a duck, it’s still a duck. Denialists are ostriches with their heads in the ever-heating sand.



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