Dehradun – Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Roorkee is leading an Indo-UK consortium working on reducing peak power demand in buildings through improved designs and low-energy cooling and heating.
The project, named Zero Peak Energy Building Design in India (ZED-i), is being led by IIT-Roorkee with the other consortium partners being IIT-Delhi and CSIR-CBRI from India and Bath University and UK Met office from the United Kingdom.
The overall vision of the project is to decouple building energy use from economic growth in India through a new science of zero peak energy building design for warm climates.
This will provide thermal stress-free living conditions whilst minimising mean and peak demand, according to a press release from IIT-Roorkee.
The project will work majorly on improved building designs, low-energy cooling and heating, social practices of adaptive thermal comfort and post-occupancy evaluation to bring about peak demand reduction.
It will also look at providing support through research to urban planning, and integration of information, communication and renewable energy technologies at building level, the release said.