Conference on Thermal Comfort, Indore
TARU Leading Edge in partnership with the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) and with support from ACCCRN (Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network) organized a Sensitisation Conference on Thermal Comfort on 13th June 2013 at Lemon Tree Hotel, Indore, Madhya Pradesh. This conference was the first in the series of Thermal Comfort conference / sensitization workshops in the city. Guest speakers were invited to make presentations on subjects related to the project.
The workshop started with an inaugural function. The dignitaries for the inaugural function were Shri. Rakesh Singh, Hon’ble Commissioner of IMC, Prof. Chetan Vaidya, Director, School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), Prof. Usha Raghupathi, Faculty, National Institute of Urban Affairs and Dr. Umamaheshwaran Rajasekar, Director, TARU Leading Edge. This was then followed by a presentation given by Prof. Chetan Vaidya and Dr. Rajasekar, which helped to set the tone for further technical discussions during the conference.
Post inauguration session was devoted to presentations given by expert speakers. Prof. Rajan Rawal of CEPT University highlighted different building materials to achieve thermal comfort in business as usual scenario. Er. Hitendra Mehta from Mehta and Associates talked about ways to make Indore a slum free city. Mr. Vinay Tiptannanavar from the Biodiversity Conservation India Limited (BCIL) spoke about the ways to achieve ‘carbon-neutral’ built environment including some of BCIL’s ‘zero energy driven’ home projects. Prof. Anil Laul of Anangpur Building Centre helped us recall the traditional ways of construction and how thermal comfort can be achieved by getting our basics right.
The highlights of the event were –
· Common understanding of appropriate approach for achieving thermal comfort through dialogue and experience sharing.
· Highlighting the scope of research and development in the field of thermal comfort