Researchers awarded Newton Fund grant for sustainable buildings project in India
Wednesday, 25 October 2017
Oxford Brookes University is collaborating with CEPT University in India on research to ensure that the energy efficiency of buildings in India is realised in practice.
is entitled Learning Building Performance Evaluation for Improved Design and
Engineering (Learn-BPE). It will entail research and education
activities to develop new knowledge, tools and skills amongst researchers,
postgraduate students and practitioners of engineering and architecture.
help to evaluate the actual performance of green buildings in India. The
project will develop and validate post-occupancy building performance
evaluation (BPE) methodology through field studies.
Rajat Gupta, UK lead of Learn-BPE project and Director of the Oxford Institute
for Sustainable Development (OISD) at Oxford Brookes University, said: “The
sustainable building design movement in India is missing an important link in
ensuring that the design intent of such buildings is actually realised.
there is no formal, evidence-based platform to ascertain the actual performance
and occupant satisfaction in relation to the building design and indoor
environment. In most countries, but especially in India the design,
engineering, construction and operation of buildings are carried out by
different entities in different stages of their lifecycle.
project will fill the gap created by current practices and the nature of
contracts that do not allow a feedback loop between the operation and design
project is worth £96k and has received funding from the Newton Fund through the
Royal Academy of Engineering. Newton Fund is part of the UK’s aim to help with
science and innovation partnerships that promote the economic development and
welfare of targeted developing countries.
Carbon Building (LCB) Group of OISD and the Centre for Advanced Research in
Building Science and Energy (CARBSE) at CEPT University will hold a formal
launch of the project in Ahmedabad in November 2017, in which Paul Inman (Pro
Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Technology, Design and Environment) will offer opening
Sanyogita Manu from CEPT University is the India lead on the project, along
with Prof Prasad Vaidya from CEPT University who acts as project mentor. Matt
Gregg from LCB group is Researcher on the project.
comes after the Low Carbon Building Group launched a two-year United Nations funded research
project titled MaS-SHIP
in October 2016, which seeks to promote sustainability in terms of
environmental performance, affordability and social inclusion as an integrated
part of social housing in India.
information about the Low Carbon Building Group can be found on the School of Architecture webpages.
information about the Learn-BPE project can be found at www.learn-bpe.org
Following the launch, Professor Rajat Gupta will be
giving a lecture at CEPT University on 4 November entitled ‘Evaluating Housing Performance
using Energy Mapping and Building Performance Evaluation: Insights from UK’.