Task 6: Climate Responsive Design


Task 6 Fact Sheet

The broad purpose of this task is to better understand the performance of climate responsive buildings, and thus advance the state of the knowledge, of well-designed climate-responsive architecture in terms of their indoor thermal environments, occupant’s response to the indoor conditions, the role of air movement in achieving thermal comfort for elevated temperatures, and the opportunities to judiciously combine both natural ventilation and low-energy mechanical systems in well-designed “mixed mode” buildings that can improve both energy and comfort performance. 


The primary objectives of this task are to:

  • Develop protocols and study occupant thermal comfort in a range of commercial buildings in India, as well as through thermal comfort chamber experiments, with a particular focus on the role of air movement in elevated temperatures.
  • Analyse and identify parallels between India and US climate zones, and develop a set of detailed case studies of mixed-mode buildings that could serve as precedents across these zones
  • Evaluate the thermal environments produced by climate-responsive design strategies in India and the US, with a focus on strategies such as natural ventilation, mixed-mode, thermal mass, and earth-air heat exchangers.
  • Expand our understanding of climate-responsive and mixed mode buildings’ environmental impacts at the neighborhood level.

Team


Sanyogita Manu
Task R&D Lead (India)
Assistant Professor – Program Coordinator
Senior Research Associate, Energy Efficiency,
Centre for Advanced Research in Building Science and Energy (CARBSE)
CEPT University

Gail Brager
Task R&D Lead (U.S.)
Professor, Dept. of Architecture
Associate Director, Center for the Built Environment (CBE)
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
gbrager@berkeley.edu

Rajan Rawal
Executive Director, Centre for Advanced Research in Building Science and Energy (CARBSE)
CEPT University

Jyotirmay Mathur
Professor in Mechanical Engineering 
Coordinator, Centre for Energy and Environment
Malaviya National Instit. Of Technology, Jaipur

Sanjay Mathur
Associate Professor in Civil Engineering
Malaviya National Instit. Of Technology, Jaipur

Sanjay Kumar
Senior Research Fellow
Malaviya National Instit. Of Technology, Jaipur

Mona Doctor-Pingel
Architect
Center for Scientific Research, Auroville (AV CSR)

Vijai Krishnaraj
Instrumentation Engineer, AV CSR
Auroville Center for Scinetific Research (AV CSR)

Fred Bauman
Project Scientist
UC Berkeley, Center for the Built Environment (CBE)

Jared Landsman
Graduate Student Researcher
UC Berkeley, Center for the Built Environment (CBE) 

Vivian Loftness
Professor of Architecture
Senior Researcher, Center for Building Performance
Carnegie Mellon University

Rohini Srivastava
Graduate Student Researcher
Carnegie Mellon University