International building simulation conference begins in Hyderabad

Hyderabad, Dec 7 (IANS) The 14th international building simulation conference began here on Monday with the speakers calling for expanding the use of energy simulation for designing energy efficient and high performance buildings in India.

The International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA) is holding the conference for the first time in India.

International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad is hosting the three day event aimed at advancing the research and practices in various disciplines of building energy analysis and performance simulation.

The conference, being attended by over 300 delegates from 40 countries, is expected to benefit people learning about the field of building performance including building designers, architects, sustainability managers, researchers and developers.

Conference chair Vishal Garg, who is head of Centre for IT in Building Science at the IIIT, said simulations will play key role to support the implementation of building energy codes and to design high-performance buildings.

Telanagana’s Information Technology Secretary Jayesh Ranjan noted that Hyderabad has taken the lead in setting up India’s first platinum rated green building and also taking up the initiative in retrofitting existing buildings into green Buildings.

He said building simulation will play a major role in government’s initiative of developing smart cities.

South Asia Regional Initiative for Energy Integration’s former programme director Padu Padmanabhan said that by designing energy efficient and high performance buildings, besides using renewable energy wherever possible, India should bring the energy demand under control. “We need to work on both sides of the energy equation that is supply side and demand side, to bring down the emissions,” he said.

Confederation of Indian Industry-Indian Green Building Council executive director Raghupathy, said India has grown tremendously in the field of green buildings. With one building in 2003, today over 3.14 billion square feet green building footprint is registered with IGBC.

He said India is the second country in the world with largest registered footprint.

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