Advisory Committee



Themes @ CESE


Green Design
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Mission: Technology Development for Cleaner Environment



  • Existing landscape and vegetation are largely protected and preserved. Sustainable site planning to resources and minimize disruption of natural ecosystem.
  • Integrating the water body with design for optimal microclimate.
  • Architectural design optimized as per climate and sun path analysis, achieving reduction in energy consumption.
  • Optimization of building envelope by use of insulated cavity walls, insulation of roof, and surface finishing that reflects a major part of solar heat.
  • Efficient glazing for openings which minimize solar grains in summer, heat loss in winter, and maximize natural daylight.
  • Roof shaded by bamboo trellis with green cover to cut direct heat gain.
  • Provision of an internal court shaded by louvers that allow free air movement.
  • Natural light and ventilation through skylights & ventilators in common spaces.
  • Use of indigenous and recycled materials with low embodied energy.
  • It is estimated that after optimizing building envelope, thermal comfort conditions would be achieved for more than 90% of the occupied hours in the non air-conditioned spaces.
  • Passive strategies such as Earth Air Tunnel and thermal storage provided to enable reduction in energy consumption for conditioning the building.
  • Efficient HVAC system with controls adopted.
  • Reduction in water demand by selection of efficient fixtures.
  • Dedicated sewage treatment plant provided and the grey water used for horticulture.
  • Rain water from the building and surrounding area collected and routed through a sedimentation tank to water body for AC cooling. Overflow is led to a groundwater recharge pit.
  • Efficient lighting design with controls and integrated day lighting.
  • 30% of internal lighting demand met from renewable energy source through photovoltaic panels.
  • Outdoor lighting demand met by solar energy.
  • Hot water requirement is met by solar system.
  • The facility is fully ECBC (Energy Conservation Building Code) compliant.
  • The payback period is calculated to be approximately 5 years. An estimated net savings of 15% of total cost in 15 years.



Professor Ashok Kumar
Centre for Environmental Science and Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
Kanpur 208016, India

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