Understanding and Practicing Sustainability
Understanding and Practicing Sustainability
  • Inroduction
  • Kimaya Suyog Keluskar
  • Vikram Pawar
  • Schedule For Sustainable Module


The contemporary society within the context of climate change expects to generate environments that provide human comfort with minimal impact on energy and material resources.

This module will sensitize the participants towards building systems and it's physics and will enable them to use tools like Design Builder (software) and temperature and humidity measuring devices to map human comfort levels of built spaces in order to generate energy efficient and sustainable built forms and environment.

Proposed schedule: 4th to 16th may (12 days except Sunday)
Timing: 8:30 to 12
Venue: computer lab/ classroom
Course fees: 11500/- per student
No of students: 15 students
Eligibility: Architectural / Interior/ Civil Engineering Student - Post Second year B.Arch Architecture / Building Professionals

Workshop conducted by Kimaya Keluskar and Vikram Pawar


The dynamics of built environment is much more complex as it deals with building material, techniques, amenities and infrastructural requirements of the organized system called ‘Society’ and its social anthropology. The issue thus is to sensitively tackle diversified culture, traditions and existing layers of bio diversity in nature and its terrain of existence.

“Biophilic design is about humanity’s place in nature and the natural world’s place in human society, where mutuality, respect, and enriching relationships can and should exist at all levels and should emerge as the norm rather than an exception.” Stephen Kellert et.al (2008). It talks about the theory, science and practice of bringing buildings to life at any scale - from buildings to cities. It tries to address the question between built environment and nature, and effects of nature on human experience and aspirations. The urge is to strive to achieve sustained and reciprocal benefits and create synergies between Built environment and natural systems.

Finite resource, Renewable energy and Efficiency are essential key words in today’s scenario where cities are grappling with the outburst in population, unstable economies and high level energy consuming technologies. We require architects, designers, engineers and economist to understand the matrix existing in these systems to crack the code of sustainability. An integrated approach with Strategy and Implementation Plan (SIP) helps to achieve the above stated target. A non-integrated approach would result in inefficiency and added wasteful energy consumption.

This course intended for built environment students and professionals, aims at developing a sense of sensitivity to the subject and offers an array of tools to practice sustainability. The course is been worked out using theoretical explanations, analytical investigation and application emphasizing the projected scenarios considering climate change. As the course progresses, technical evaluation, solar and wind study patterns are introduced for key finding which eventually forms the parameters for building design. However to expose one to various aspects of climate and building science, case studies (Pilot Projects) play a vital role. These case studies have been meticulously shortlisted on the basis of climatic zones across the world. Analytical tools are being introduced gradually as the course progress. It would also conduct an exercise implementing the theory.


The methodology adapted to address the subject is through series of questions.

  1. What are ecological or environmental aspects when it comes to Sustainable design?
  2. Interdependency of building physics, Architecture, function and efficiency in successive years of occupancy?
  3. What are the different types of sustainable technologies and systems pertaining to energy efficient building systems and green solutions?
  4. How can one arrive at a consolidated integrated design and execution process from ‘cradle to grave’?

The above set question would articulate the frame work for the pilot studies undertaken during the workshop.


Selected case studies are introduced to the participants in advance. The case studies are been shortlisted understanding the typology and the ecological as well as environmental concerns of the project. These would give an overview of the methodology followed, team constitution, design considerations, engineering techniques and scheduling of the project with benchmarks applied to achieve the energy efficiency.

Kimaya Suyog Keluskar graduated from KRVIA in 2006 with Mumbai University Gold Medal and KRVIA Academic Gold Medal to her credits. In 2009 she completed her Masters from Bartlett, UCL, London in Environmental Design and Engineering. Currently she is working as an Associate Professor at KRVIA. Her core research interest lies in the field of sustainability and Environment. Her Master’s thesis was on assessing ventilations systems for schools considering the climate scenario for 2020, 2050 and 2080 in UK. The study was then selected for CIBSE guidelines for School in UK and published in a document prepared by UCL for CIBCE. She also practises as Environmental consultant for Architectural Projects.

Vikram Pawar M Arch (Urban Conservation), BSc (Microbiology), founded STUDIO “Architecture”- an Architecture, Interior & Environment design practice in 2003 along with wife Mahima. He is a faculty at KRVIA, Juhu. He has keen interest in Eco- Habitats and their relationship with Urban Centers. In his M Arch thesis “Draft Action Plan for Integrated Development of Pilgrim Town of Jejuri” he noted the erstwhile state ruler’s appreciation and development of water systems and its efficient interweave with the cultural matrix. He also authored a document for CHF International –“Participatory In-situ Slum Rehab- two case studies (in Pune and Nagpur)”.

Week Day Topic Details Infrastructure
Week 01 1 Introduction Concept Of Sustainability And Role Of Efficient Building Systems In Sustainability Projector and Lecture Room
2 Thermal Comfort What is good governance and who are the participants of the same Attributes and Methodology To Map Thermal Comfort
3 Thermal Comfort Hobo Exercise and Analysis Projector and Lecture Room
4 Building Physics Introduction and Fundamentals Projector and Lecture Room
5 Building Physics Calculations Projector and Lecture Room
Week 02 6 Mapping Energy Effciency In Building Introducing Simulation In Building Design Computer Lab With Projector Arrangement
7 Design Builder Building Shoe Box Model Computer Lab With Projector Arrangement
8 Design Builder Assigning Materails and Values Computer Lab With Projector Arrangement
9 Design Builder Running Simulation Computer Lab With Projector Arrangement
10 Design Builder Analysis and Preparing Results Computer Lab With Projector Arrangement
Week 03 11 Design Builder Reading Results Computer Lab With Projector Arrangement
12 Design Builder Collating The Report Computer Lab With Projector Arrangement
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