Participants from 42 countries are scheduled to present papers on energy and habitat at the 30th International Conference on ‘Passive and Low Energy Architecture’ (PLEA). The seminar, which is to start from December 16, is being conducted by the CEPT University.
While the inaugural session will be attended by state energy minister Saurabh Patel and Ajay Mathur, Director General from the Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Ministry of Power- GoI, the conference will also have CEPT’s Center for Advanced Research in Building Science and Energy (CARBSE) unveil its three year long research report on ‘Indian Model for Adaptive Thermal Comfort’.
“A total of 164 papers, 60 posters have made their way into the conference where deliberations on various topics like passive architecture design, low carbon cities and neighborhood, material and construction technology and integration of renewable energy sources within habitat will be held. One of the reasons for organising this conference is to show that CEPT has arrived and that CARBSE is at the forefront of our activities on energy efficiency helping government take policy decisions with our technical inputs. CARBSE also aids professionals on how to integrate energy efficient technologies into buildings and habitats,” said Nimish Patel PLEA 2014- conference chair.
PLEA, founded in 1981, is an autonomous network of individuals that promotes discussions and debates on learnings and challenges in passive low energy architecture and design in a rapidly growing world.
“The institute by way of CARBSE has given inputs to the ‘National Building Code’ and the ‘Energy Conservation Building Code’ (ECBC) on how to design HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) which is the technology of indoor and vehicular environmental comfort system. A few of our inputs for thermal comfort standards for Indian conditions will be published in a report on February 16, 2015. Apart from the Central government, we are also working with the Gujarat and Maharashtra governments on how the smallest urban local bodies can implement building codes for energy efficiency and make these a part of their roadmap. The research facilities CARBSE at CEPT can serve more than just Indian interest and we aim to be a resource for energy efficiency throughout Asia,” said Rajan Rawal, Director, CARBSE at CEPT University.