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Sustainable Architecture

Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee and NPTEL via Swayam


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The pace at which resource consumption is increasing in every field, it has become imperative to consider sustainability in all aspects. Buildings are a major consumer of resources through their life time. This has been realized by the nations world over and hence stricter norms and laws for construction are being laid. Buildings are supposed to be more and more efficient and optimal in consuming resources. Such buildings are called sustainable buildings and all buildings will be required to be sustainable.Hence this course becomes important in understanding- 1. The basic parameters of sustainable buildings. 2. Design, Practices and technology which would lead to creation of such buildings. 3. Science behind performance of efficient buildings. INTENDED AUDIENCE : Architecture and Planning PREREQUISITES : Climatology, Building materials INDUSTRY SUPPORT : IGBC, GRIHA, BEE, BIS, Green Building Consultants, Practicin Architecture Firms


COURSE LAYOUT Week 1 : Fundamentals of sustainability, definitions, historical development of the concept of sustainability and sustainable development, Sustainable architecture as a subset of sustainable development. Week 2 : Impacts of built environment on natural environment, Sustainable Development, Agenda 21, UN Goals Week 3 : Characteristics of sustainable architecture, fundamentals of passive designing and climatology, thermal comfort, visual comfort, acoustic comfort Week 4 : Sustainable buildings, parameters of sustainable buildings, Green buildings, indicators of green buildings, Terminologies related to sustainable buildings- carbon footprint, life cycle analysis, Week 5 : Site development- site selection, UHI, Public Transport, vegetation, development footprint, storm water runoff, SRI Week 6 : Water – estimating the use, reductions in consumption, recycling, reuse, landscape requirement, strategies and technology for water conservation Week 7 : IEQ- day lighting, views, CFC free, ventilation, comfort, VOC free Week 8 : Materials and Resources- segregation, recycling, reduction in waste, reuse of materials and building, renewability Week 9 : Energy- energy efficiency, energy conservation, ECBC, renewable energy, M&V Week 10 : Codes and compliances – ECBC, NBC, other rating systems prevalent in india Week 11 : Vernacular architecture and sustainability, culture and sustainability Week 12 : Software use for Energy compliance- Design Builder, Climate Consultant etc

Taught by

Prof. Avlokita Agrawal

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