For sustainable buildings

10 Feb 2018

TERI-SRC has been organising annual events in South India to showcase developments that have taken place in the sector of sustainable buildings. In the past, the conferences have focused upon innovations in sustainable buildings, green data centres, sustainable facades, and sustainable neighbourhoods.
This year's theme, at the 2018 Sustainable Buildings R&D Summit in Bengaluru, brings to the fore research and innovations being carried out by prominent institutions and industry in the sector of built environment. The aim is to drive innovative projects to better commercial value and build a robust approach to R&D.

The summit provided a platform to research solutions available with various institutions across the country that will help in supporting transformation of built environment into sustainable development, and make buildings/habitats sustainable and affordable.

Scientists, research professionals, academicians, practitioners and other stakeholders from the building industry from across the country and abroad shared technologies and strategies adopted for accelerating low carbon growth and sustainability in the built environment. The overall goal is also to increase knowledge and promote pioneering technologies and sustainable solutions for development, construction & operation of buildings and urban systems.

The showcased technologies in the field of construction, facades, air-conditioning, and lighting are replicable and transform and speed up the shift towards a sustainable built environment. Best practices implemented by organisations were also showcased.

Wellness indicator
Buildings are meant to provide a comfortable and healthy indoor environment. One of the sessions looked at design strategies, technology innovations, products & equipment in the market in order to achieve a comfortable healthy environment with optimum usage of energy. Updates from research carried out worldwide in the areas of visual, thermal, acoustic comfort & indoor air quality were presented with their context of implementation.

A panel discussion focused on cities' resource consumptions and environment challenges and the need that arises for developing policies based upon evidence-based research approach. Case studies from municipalities where scientific analysis formed the basis to frame policies and financial incentives were shared.

Key stakeholders of façade, lighting and HVAC industry presented the latest research and pioneering technologies available and implemented in buildings and urban systems.

Sustainable technologies for the existing building stock
Experts debated on current gaps and barriers, retrofitting solutions for existing buildings, financial mechanism, framework of standards and implementation strategies based on the successful experiences.
Financing sustainable development

One crucial session showcased successful business models for private sector developers & financial institutions to venture into the market of sustainable buildings and development. The session also presented existing government schemes, incentives, challenges, gaps and solutions with multi-pronged approach to address the challenges.

The summit was organised by TERI under the Advisory of Committee members who included S.L. Rao, Distinguished Fellow Emeritus, TERI, S. Padmanabhan, Former Energy Program Director, USAID, K. Jairaj, Former Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of Karnataka, and K. Jaisim, Head-Jaisim Fountainhead.

Built environment
Building technologies