Conference on Thermal Comfort in Surat
TARU Leading Edge with support from ACCCRN (Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network) organized a Sensitisation Conference on Thermal Comfort on 7th June 2013 at The Gateway Hotel, Surat, Gujarat. This conference was the first of its kind of mega event in Surat on Thermal Comfort that was organized in the city by the above mentioned institutions in partnership with the city stakeholders. Guest speakers made presentations on related subject at the conference. The workshop started with an inaugural function.
The dignitaries for the inaugural function were Mr. Kamlesh Yagnik, President, SGCCI, Prof. Anil Laul, Principal Architect, Anangpur Building Centre, Prof. Chetan Vaidya, Director, School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), Mr. B. S. Harikrishna, Vice President, Biodiversity Conservation India Limited (BCIL) 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.
A total of 45 participants attended the workshop. The participants were Senior Officers from Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) and Surat Urban Development Authority (SUDA), Executive and Deputy Engineers, SMC, Town Planners from SUDA, representatives from The Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SGCCI) and representatives and students from various academic institutes.
Post tea break session was devoted to presentation by Mr. Keyur Vadodaria (CEPT University), which focused on thermal comfort and envelope design of buildings. This was followed by a presentation given by Mr. B.S. Harishkrishna on Zero Energy Driven (ZED) homes. Finally, a presentation was given by Prof. Anil Laul talking about the ways to Reduce Reuse and Recycle and how the traditional ways of construction can help us achieve thermal comfort. This enabled the participants to get exposed to the potential solutions, their technical specifications, operational challenges and opportunities and cost.
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