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.”
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.
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”
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.”
Green Buildings might have been a relatively new term for all of us but most of our ancient buildings were based on concept of sustainability. The old buildings used to have architecture which was based on places where the Buildings were located. The dry and hot regions used to have buildings where corridors were used to direct the wind to cool off. Continue reading “Green Buildings – Higher Cost?”
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.