Thermal Comfort

Exploring cool-roof and passive ventilation techniques to achieve thermal comfort


Why Participate?

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Get a chance to interact with experts in the field. Also, you might be able to meet other people working on similar subject.. And get feedback on your designs from professionals.

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Participants get an opportunity to execute their designs on live projects. What's better? You get to do so at our expense. Showcase your problem solving skills.

Encash your talent

Submit your designs and win cash prize of more than Rs. 30 lakh. Increase your chances of winning higher prize money by submitting multiple entries.


You will gain recognition at national and global forums. Your participation in this competition will be valued by companies looking for candidates for their jobs.

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there is no eligibility criteria. this competition is open to all.

Information required
Names, Age and Institution details No age limit, student, team, professional, organisation, etc.
Project and competition brief Download document, free to use any other resource, etc.
Phases of competition Registration, submission of design, demonstration and documentation, final award
Design Brief
Building Type Low rise (upto 4 floors)
Design for Top Floor (Cool roof options for the terrace and/or design modifications for top floor house to improve ventilation)
Area of individual units 250-300 sq.ft.
Building Use Residential
Environment Semi-arid, arid, humid and highly humid
Design Application Low-income housing, poor and vulnerable residents especially on the top floor (EWS housing built under JnNURM/RAY Programmes, etc.)
Selection criteria Degree of thermal comfort, low-cost, innovative, suitability, time taken for construction, longetivity, sustainability, ease in use and maintenance

Please note that you do not need to design a house or the top floor of a building. You need to design a cool roof option which can be implemented/applied on the terrace so as to increase the thermal comfort for the occupants of the top floor house. Also, design modifications like creating an opening in the walls (no structural modifications permitted) to improve ventilation within the house should be addressed if your design is intended to improve ventilation within a house on the top floor of an EWS housing scheme.

This is a three-stage, national design competition.

Stage I

Participants will submit their designs online by uploading the documents at

Participants need to mention the design inspiration and context where the design will be applicable (2000 words)

A selection committee will shortlist 20 designs based on the criteria mentioned above, who will progress to stage II of the competition and receive an initial prize of Rs 25,000 per design.

Stage II

It will comprise of execution of the shortlisted designs on live project sites (existing buildings) in Indore and Surat. Participants will be awarded Rs 1,00,000 for implementing their designs on the existing buildings (the award includes all implementation and material costs).

Post execution/demonstration, each design will be tested for its effectiveness to achieve thermal comfort. Duration of testing/monitoring will be minimum 03 months.

Stage III

Based on the selection criteria, five designs will be selected by the committee based on their effectiveness.

Top five designs will be awarded prize money during the award ceremony. First prize Rs 1,50,000; Second prize Rs 1,25,000; Third prize Rs 1,00,000 and two consolation prizes of Rs 75,000 each.


Winners will be felicitated during national level conference on thermal comfort in Delhi

During all the stages of competition, the website will host details of the selected designs and the blog will be active for answering any query from the participants.

The selection of designs will be solely at the discretion of the selection committee.

Each participant can submit any number of designs. This will be only applicable if each design option is submitted as a separate entry.

The submitted  designs will be a property of TARU. Due credits will be given to each participant for their designs if they are used in any communication including national and international forums.

Terms and Conditions

The Participant shall indemnify and keep indemnified TARU from and against any and all claims, action, cost charges and expenses arising from or for infringement of patent rights, copy right and other protected rights of any design, plans, diagrams drawings in or any of the manufacturing methods or process adopted under this competetion. In the event of any claim being made or action being brought against the designs submitted by the participant in respect of the matter referred above, the participant shall promptly be notified thereof and participant shall at his own expense, conduct all negotiations for settlement of the same and any drawings, plans or diagrams or any manufacturing methods or of patent or any other protected rights and use thereof is at no costs to the latter, the rights to continue using the same or to the extent it is possible to replace the same so as to avoid such infringement and subject to approval by the purchases or modify them so that they become non-infringing but such modifications shall otherwise be to the entire satisfaction of the purchaser. The provision of this clause shall remain effective and binding upon the participant even after the completion, expiration or termination of the competetion.


Are there any age restrictions?

There are no age restrictions to participate in this design competition

Do I need to be employed with any organisation or enrolled in a study programme in order to participate?

Not mandatory. You can be employed, self-employed, unemployed, wondering to start your own venture. It doesn't matter. All you need is the will to participate.

Can I submit more than one entry?

Yes, you can submit more than one entry. However, each design should be submitted as a separate entry.

Where will the shortlisted designs be demonstrated?

The shortlisted designs will be demonstrated on EWS housing schemes in Indore and Surat. The approximate roof area will be 250-300 squate feet.

Reference Drawings

Sample of EWS House - Surat (PDF, 9kb)

Sample of EWS House - Indore (PDF, 383kb)

Note: The above drawings should be used only as a reference for developing the design. Please note that the actual location of the house within the building may change.


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