Building energy modelling, is a field that can be described as computationally very intensive. Not long ago Energy Modelling studies were mainly preserved for the research institutions who generally had lot of computational resources at the disposal. Nowadays there are a large number of Open Source platforms which have arrived in the market and these tools can be employed on Building models with variety of options that an architect or energy modeler can have. Continue reading “Energy Modelling of Buildings in India – Needs solid push.”
Facades have replaced the brick and mortar choices in commercial spaces in present times. There have been umpteen justifications in favour and against Brick or Glass facades. India has typically overall hot climate with seasons classified as winter (December, January and February), summer (March, April and May), a monsoon rainy season (June to September), and a post-monsoon period (October to November). The Glass Facades in India are generally perceived as copy paste of Western Architectural style. In cold climates ideally Glass is a better proposition. Indian tropical conditions as Glass traps solar heat and warms up the building’s interiors. Continue reading “Deciding Facades of Commercial Spaces – Glass vs Brick”
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 Simulation or Energy Modelling has still not caught the building owners attention. Planners, Architects generally attempt Energy Modelling only with the objective Certification. But the fact is Energy Modelling can be used for many reasons. Energy Simulation can inform us about Energy Decisions from the earliest phases itself. Continue reading “Energy Simulation is Cheaper to Constructing a Building with Heavy Carbon Footprint.”
Smart Cities have been defined in many ways. The urban urban migration leading to vertical growth in city landscape is a necessity in any smart city. Smart cities lays a lot of emphasis on Green Building and Energy Efficiency. The concept paper on Smart Cities neatly sums up the energy concerns “Good areas to focus energy efficiency measures would be the building material used, the transport system, sewerage and water supply systems, street lighting, air-conditioning systems and energy consumption in buildings.”
Building Management System (BMS) is an intelligent management system involving integration of software and hardware with the objective to manage varied electrical and mechanical systems of the Green buildings. BMS manages heating, ventilation, air-conditioning (HVAC), access control, security, lifts, transformers, DG sets, LT switchgears, water pumps, blowers and lighting requirement of any building. the systems are so designed and networked that one can get detailed drill down information about various equipment working in the building along withe their energy usages.