Open Office or halls without cubicles had arrived in office layouts over last few years. Quite a few companies have endorsed it for better productivity and also for building office relationships. There will always be strong views in favour and against any idea. Our intention here is not to debate here further on to the adoption practices for new office layout guided by work culture rather we intend to look at energy modelling of a Delhi Building which is basically single floor setup and for all practical practices has been considered to be shadow free.
Energy Modeling requires Weather File and Design Days details in respect of the location where the building being considered for Energy Modelling is situated. Energy Modelling does carefully considers the weather data pertaining to that location. ASHRAE STD 169- 2013 Climatic Data for Building Design Standards provides weather and climate details about 3,012 locations outside the United States and Canada internationally. Continue reading “Understanding ASHRAE Design Days Fundamentals”
Brickwork or Blockwork are the simplest units on the basis of which buildings are constructed. In Indian building construction, the predominant dimension of brickwork is 250 mm thk bricks with 12.7 mm of plaster on each sides. The thermal conductivity (U) of such construction is 1.98 W/m K. This is in fact the most commonly used construction practice in modern day construction in India. But gradually, the architects are realizing the necessity of having improved brickwork or blockwork construction with lesser thermal conductivity so as to have high thermal resistance and low thermal conductivity. Continue reading “Brickwork or Blockwork in Green Buildings”
People today are gradually moving towards living in High Rise Multi-Storied apartments. Living in units in High Rises today is preferred due to better comfort, increased security, reduced cost of living and overall a better experience. Compared to independent villas, the carbon footprints of apartment dwellings are much lesser. The energy consumption also depends greatly on the location of your dwelling unit. We have tried to analyse and compared two locations in India, New Delhi and Mumbai. Continue reading “Energy Consumption in Delhi vs Mumbai Apartment – A Study”
Mumbai is warm and humid. There has been always a necessity to design a building which will be energy efficient due to its physical location, building orientation and layout. The example we describe here may not be practical but will definitely give an indication on how to orient a building to get maximum advantage. Maximum Dry Bulb Temperature of Mumbai is 35.8 Deg C. Continue reading “Building Orientation Effect in Mumbai – A Short Study”
Present day buildings are generally having facade which is made up of Glass. Daylighting consideration becomes important here. The orientation of tall multi-storied buildings become very important as the spatial orientation is responsible for energy performance of the building throughout its life. The wider vertical faces are generally oriented towards either facing North or South direction so as to have lesser incident solar radiation on the buildings. Continue reading “Daylighting Consideration in Buildings”
Energy Modelling in India is slowly catching on. Architects are slowly and steadily realizing the benefits which can be derived through Energy Modelling of Indian Buildings or for that matter any Building. There are various alternative designs which can be applied in a Building to work out most optimized set of options for Energy conservation. Continue reading “Energy Modelling of an Indian Building”