Don’t get dazzled by these stars
Bureau of Energy Efficiency has just updated star rating standards for refrigerators and ACs, but the Indian rating system, especially for ACs, …
Murky science of comfort part 5: Here’s how being mindful is good for the environment
We cannot wish away air-conditioning in today’s world, but we can be reasonable in choosing where, when and how to resort to the energy guzzlers
The NDA government needs to balance its vision vis-a-vis digitising India
Build it right to build it once
Dampness can debilitate a building and those living in it. Know how to get rid of it
Will Delhi become a gas chamber again?
The national capital has been in the ‘severe’ AQI category since Diwali night
Yes, Delhi Metro is more unaffordable than the New York City Subway
My own experience shows that the Delhi Metro pinches the minimum survival expense of a well-off Delhite at least twice as hard as the NYC subway …
The fault in our stars
ISEER, the new system of rating and labeling ACs that began this year, seems designed to serve industry interest rather than consumer or climate …
Yet again, Delhi sets new record for peak electricity demand
The city’s peak demand has been consistently higher than that of Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai combined during this time of the year
Remembering Charles Correa, one of the pioneers of sustainable architecture
Celebrated architect and urban planner Charles Correa died on June 16 in Mumbai. Down To Earth revisits nine of his architectural gems designed …
India drowns in construction, demolition debris
Waste is piling up across the country. Regulations are in place, but recycling is yet to gain momentum. Down To Earth breaks down the …
Overflowing pitcher of disquiet
It is high time to start investing and investigating ecological cost of holding the Kumbh
City trapped in a solar oven
Climate-incompatible buildings that fuel excessive use of air- conditioners not only add to the energy needs of cities but also create …
Murky science of comfort part 4: If you are poor, then simply tolerate heat
This is the expectation of the National Building Code, which defines standards for ‘comfortable’ temperatures for buildings in India
मलबे के ढेर में दबता देश-3: दोबारा इस्तेमाल से निकलेगी राह
दिल्ली सरकार ने नगर निगमों को एडवाइजरी जारी की है जिसमें उन्हें भवन निर्माण में 5 प्रतिशत पुनर्चक्रित मलबे का इस्तेमाल करने को कहा ...
मलबे के ढेर में दबता देश-2: दलदली भूमि पर किया जा रहा है डंप
देशभर में नई इमारतों के निर्माण और तोड़फोड़ से निकले मलबे का ढेर बढ़ता जा रहा है। इससे निपटने के पर्याप्त इंतजाम नहीं हैं। ...
मलबे के ढेर में दबता देश-1: कानून की नहीं है किसी को फिक्र
देशभर में नई इमारतों के निर्माण और तोड़फोड़ से निकले मलबे का ढेर बढ़ता जा रहा है। इससे निपटने के लिए नियम-कायदे भी हैं, ...
Debunking science behind 'comfortable' temperature
What is a comfortable temperature? The question seems benign at surface but the answer has far reaching ecological consequences
Murky science of comfort part 2: Why we feel suffocated in a building even when it is pleasant outside
Humans are built to get used to local environments but unfortunately industry interests have come to define what ‘comfortable’ room …
Murky science of comfort part 1: Debunking science behind 'comfortable' temperature
What is a comfortable temperature? The question seems benign on the surface but the answer has far reaching ecological consequences
Rolling back the architect
Durganand Balsavar’s designs incorporate community demands even at the cost of violating architectural principles
Murky science of comfort part 3: Industry defined standards make us feel uncomfortable without ACs
The Heat, Ventilation and Air Conditioning industry has made sure that we get used to heating and cooling appliances by setting arbitrary …
Jostling for jhuggi land
The Shakur Basti eviction drive calls for a thorough review of the railways’ mandate, politics of urban land and housing of urban poor
कुंभ के बीच बेचैन करते सवाल
अब समय आ चुका है कि धरती की सबसे महान नदियों में से एक के तट पर कुंभ के आयोजन के बदले चुकाई जा ...
If sanitation is treated as a community problem, we can make something happen for very little money
Just like a better iPhone is not the solution to poor telecom connectivity, sanitation cannot be solved by a smart, well-designed product, sold …
Notes on 100 smart cities
The new government is on a techno-heavy mission to create modern cities. Does it have the vision it takes?