Air-conditioned buildings are conventionally designed and operated to maintain homogeneous thermal conditions withing thermal zones. Maintaining the occupied and unoccupied thermal zones at the same thermal conditions lead to higher energy consumption. More importantly, homogeneous thermal conditions do not address the need for individual thermal comfort preferences of the building occupants. A personal comfort system (PCS) allows the occupants to create desired localized thermal conditions around workstations in the office environment.
In this webinar, Prof Rawal will deliberate on the approaches adopted for the PCS to deliver the desired conditions. It also will deal with investigative methods adopted to understand the impact of the PCS on achieving thermal comfort, energy, and well being of the building occupant. The webinar will include metrics and conditions prescribed by the literature to design and operate PCS in the buildings.
About the speaker:
Executive Director, Centre for Advanced Research in Building Science and Energy, CEPT University, Ahmedabad
Prof. Rawal is the Executive Director of Centre for Advanced Research in Building Science and Energy (CARBSE). He is an architect and his work emphasizes on ‘energy performance of buildings and cities’ and ‘architectural science education’. He is involved in research and development activities at CEPT University and coordinates the activities of CARBSE. He is founder member secretary of India Chapter of International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA) and also serves at IBPSA world committee. He has number of research papers, technical reports and three books to his credits. Prof. Rawal is a well known authority in the area of building energy efficiency and performance.
This webinar is part of ‘NZEB Knowledge Series’ – an initiative supported by USAID’s MAITREE program (http://maitree.edsglobal.com) to accelerate the discussions and catalyse actions on Net Zero Energy Buildings in India.