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Formulating a methodology to study adaptability in buildings to climate-change: Climate-responsive adaptability in Indian conditions

Saifudeen, A and Mani, M (2017) Formulating a methodology to study adaptability in buildings to climate-change: Climate-responsive adaptability in Indian conditions. In: 33rd International on Passive and Low Energy Architecture Conference: Design to Thrive, 2-5 July 2017, Edinburgh, pp. 128-135.

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India is famous for its diversity, and is the identified high-risk of climate change. The diversity in climatic zones makes it a challenge in identifying any adaptation measures, as no one-solution would fit all. Climate-change would put the existing habitations to withstand changes in the periodicity, occurrence, and intensity in temperature, humidity, rainfall, and wind, all of which have originally influenced the design of vernacular buildings. Studying building adaptability, in terms of design and material configuration could provide a valid basis to verify the inherent preparedness of a habitation to impending climate-change and in devising active measure to mitigate vulnerability. The main objective here is to formulate a methodology to study adaptability of buildings, focusing on their climate-responsiveness. This would include the design of the building in response to the specific climate, geographic location, and the material configuration defining the building elements. The focus would be on passive and/or naturally ventilated dwellings, with an assessment on current/future demands on energy for maintaining thermal comfort. Besides prospective variations in climate classification in view of climate change, the proposed methodology would attempt to map the climate change repercussions in the physical manifestations and comfort requirements of a building for various climate zones. Copyright © NCEUB 2017.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Publication: Proceedings of 33rd PLEA International Conference: Design to Thrive, PLEA 2017
Publisher: NCEUB 2017 - Network for Comfort and Energy Use in Buildings
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to NCEUB
Keywords: Architectural design, Building element; Climatic zone; Geographic location; In-buildings; Material configurations; On currents; Vernacular buildings, Climate change
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Centre for Sustainable Technologies (formerly ASTRA)
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2021 06:06
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2021 06:06
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/65785

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