Solar Design for Green Buildings
Using Energy Simulations for Optimization

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Passive Solar Design, Daylighting and Simulations for Green Buildings

1 March, 2014
India Habitat Centre, Delhi


8 March, 2014
IIHS Bangalore City Campus

EDS and IIHS are conducting their next professional program on solar design for green buildings for optimizing for energy efficiency with support from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Govt. of India.

Course Description

Designing with respect to climate and sun is fundamental to green buildings. Facade/envelope design has a big impact on building heat transfer, daylight ingress and energy use. Further, the facade is a critical aesthetic element. Therefore, it is important to optimize facade design to synergize energy, comfort and aesthetics.

The software tool – eQUEST will be used for comparative analysis of building design parameters such as location, orientation, massing, shading elements, wall and insulation selection, glass area and daylighting on whole building energy use. Further, solar renewable systems such as photovoltaic systems will also be discussed in the course. An overview of solar thermal systems will be given.

At the end of this course, participants will have a firm understanding of solar design concepts and its synergy with whole building energy efficiency.

Course Objective

At the end of this course, participants will be able to

  • Understand synergy between different design parameters
  • Identify design optimization opportunities at early design stages
  • Compare different energy efficiency measures
  • Undertake energy simulations for a simple building model
  • Recommend an optimized design case
Who Should Attend

Architects, engineers, green building consultants, construction industry professionals, glass manufacturers, building facade solution vendors, students and faculty.

Program Schedule

Session 1
Overview of building physics
Techniques for energy efficient building design
Introduction to energy simulation tool – eQUEST
Create a simple baseline model in eQUEST
Understand simulation results

Session 2
Parametric assessment of energy efficiency measures
Comparing design cases for optimum energy performance
Estimating size of solar photovoltaic systems
Overview of solar thermal and solar air conditioning systems
Introduction to other simulation tools

Course Fee

This course has been subsidized by MNRE ‘Energy Efficient Solar/Green Buildings’ program.

Professionals: INR 4,000
Group of 3+ : INR 3,000
Students : INR 2,500

Important Dates
  • Course date – 1 March, 2014 | Delhi
  • Last date for applications – 22 February, 2014 | Delhi
  • Course date – 8 March, 2014 | Bangalore
  • Last date for applications – 1 March, 2014 | Bangalore

Gurneet Singh, Director, EDS Pvt. Ltd.

GurneeetGurneet has a background of architecture and engineering. He has over 8 years of working experience in projects dealing with sustainable development, building energy efficiency and Green Buildings. He has keen interests in sustainable development, low energy design and simulation based building energy performance assessments. The M.Tech. course at IIIT, Hyderabad along with his architectural degree has equipped him with the rare knowledge and understanding of the sustainable built environment in a very broad spectrum. His expertise is in daylight design and optimizing design with respect to energy use, water use and indoor air quality. He has also developed his proficiency in various modelling and simulation tools such as VisualDOE, EnergyPlus, eQuest and Radiance.

Gurneet strongly believes that knowledge can be expanded and enriched by sharing. He has trained many professionals on daylighting and energy simulations in India as well as internationally. Gurneet is also actively involved in academics. He has been conducting short term courses on daylighting at IIIT, Hyderabad in the Building Science program since 2006. He has also presented at many conferences and webinars addressing several topics on sustainability.

Deepa Parekh, Senior Green Building Analyst, EDS Pvt. Ltd.

Deepa ParekhPassionate about creating a sustainable built environment, Deepa brings international work experience along with interdisciplinary educational background. She graduated with a Master of Building Science from the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles in 2010, and Bachelor of Architecture from the Institute of Environmental Design in Vallabh Vidyanagar in 2006.

Deepa has worked on a number of projects in the US and in India with a focus on bridging the gap between architectural design and technology. Her work includes research and analysis of active and passive design concepts, building energy simulations, conducting educational workshops and facilitating green building certifications.
Deepa has been actively engaged in the academics for the past 5 years teaching design and technical courses to graduate and under-graduate students. Always emphasising on the integration of building physics and design, she is currently teaching graduate students at the Rachana Sansad Institute of Environmental Architecture in Mumbai.