Conference overview

Technical Session I: Resource optimization for self sufficiency

India is a country of splendid diversity of natural resources and even though the production in India has increased twofold in a decade, self-sufficiency in dynamic socio-economic framework demands urgent attention and scientific guidance. With increasing urbanization, change in land use pattern, modernization in living standards and increasing demand for natural resources, India is witnessing a grey future. This session aims to address the issues associated with depletion of these valuable resources and identify possible solutions towards resource optimization for self-sufficiency.

Technical Session II: Sustainability and the City

An increasing number of people are migrating to cities today. To accommodate pressures of urbanization, India is undergoing large scale development in all spheres, particularly in the real estate sector, wherein the demand for energy is increasing rapidly. Cities have become places of urban environment degradation and wasteful use of resources. To address and counter this situation in India, achieving a balance between the development and environment is the need of the hour. This session aims to discuss urban strategies to enhance sustainable living.

Technical Session III : Smaller footprints - From Megawatts to Kilowatts

Globalization is accelerating architectural change in India. Architecture is losing its purpose of influencing people and the society, making habitable spaces and creating spaces of rest, containment, comfort and protection. The entire lifestyle needs to be geared and adjusted to reduce the impact of our living on the environment, reuse the natural resources efficiently, recycle the waste that we create and renew energy and our commitment towards the earth every day. This session focuses on smaller green footprints.

Technical Session IV : Materials making environmental sense

Construction sector in India is growing at a fast pace, thus resulting in an ever increasing demand of construction materials. Conventional building materials with high embodied energy are commonly used in the construction sector and thus there is a need to identify alternatives to these materials. This session aims to discuss the regional availability, economic viability and environmental sustainability of low energy materials in India.

Valedictory session: Next generation green - Envisioning 2020

In this current day and age of development, green buildings have become philosophy for some and jargon for others. However, in all cases, the need for creating a more sustainable future for upcoming generations has been accepted. This session focuses on a panel discussion to review and evaluate green building technologies and urban development strategies towards creating a sustainable India by 2020.

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