Air conditioning, comfort and energy in India's commercial building sector

Leena Thomas*, Richard De Dear, Rajan Rawal, Ashok Lall, P. C. Thomas

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Abstract

Before India's building sector can fulfil its CO2 abatement potential, it is imperative for new build projects, especially those which provide for commercial and public functions, to eschew the energy-intensive designs that characterized western commercial buildings of the 20th century. In the absence of an adaptive thermal comfort standard specifically for India's climatic and cultural context, the current trend is simply to design airconditioned buildings to meet the stringent ASHRAE and ISO "Class A" comfort specifications. This paper proposes a holistic Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) study of a cross section of Indian office buildings purposively stratified across a range of energy intensities with diverse environmental control systems and design approach in different climatic zones to develop an adaptive thermal comfort standard. By climatically adapting indoor design temperatures, the standard will offer India a low-carbon development pathway for its commercial building sector without compromising overall comfort or productivity.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Conference: Adapting to Change: New Thinking on Comfort, WINDSOR 2010
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventConference on Adapting to Change: New Thinking on Comfort, WINDSOR 2010 - Windsor, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 Apr 201011 Apr 2010

Other

OtherConference on Adapting to Change: New Thinking on Comfort, WINDSOR 2010
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityWindsor
Period9/04/1011/04/10

Keywords

  • Adaptation
  • Climate change mitigation
  • India
  • Thermal comfort

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