Monday 14 January 2013

Author(s): Avikal Somvanshi

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  • Dear Deepak, Thank you for

    Dear Deepak,

    Thank you for your comment. I totally agree with your views. An open source material inventory for India is a great idea, but to create one large scale RnD work needs to be undertaken by Indian universities and organisations, which is not happening.
    It is good to know you have been working in this sphere, kindly do share your work and findings with me. I would love to learn more from your experience and may be we can coloborate on this subject.
    Do keep in touch, my e-mail is avikal@cseindia.org

    Regards,
    Avikal

    Posted by: Avikal Somvanshi | 3 years ago | Reply
  • It is great to see an article

    It is great to see an article on the importance of embodied energy in Indian construction sector. A few years ago I worked on developing a methodology and a tool for estimating the life cycle impacts of buildings in the UK. Due to many factors (including the fragmented nature of construction sector) it was hard to estimate and factor in the embodied energy and carbon factor for various construction materials. Though some researchers had developed country specific extensive energy and carbon inventory (e.g. UK, Aus etc). For most of our case studies on commercial and residential buildings (in UK) the operational impacts where much higher compared to embodied emissions (typically ~80:20) however that number was gradually changing as greater emphasis was being made on promoting appliance efficiency and minimize losses through various building codes and EC directive. There is an enormous challenge on incorporating EE in ECBC or other building codes for all buildings in India but they must try to mandate it for certain kind of new buildings. An open source material inventory for India and detailed comparative studies are also required to be carried out.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 3 years ago | Reply
  • Being an architect, I am also

    Being an architect, I am also mostly driven by dream rather than our vision. Capitalist and developing economy adds fuel to it.
    I remember a discussion with Avikal during college days, when he tried to explain about the pollution and energy required in the production and processing of raw material for Batteries, i.e Zinc, Lithium etc. but we completely denied it because of lack of vision. We were happily advocating the battery operated vehicles.
    Either we lack research in this field or we lack the proper training process and even when we are exposed to such ideas, we are hardly interested in the implementation.

    Let us hope that we keep on getting such information regularly and try to make it a trend in the future.
    Thanks to Avikal for such a nice article. Thanks for the recharge.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 3 years ago | Reply
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