The Efficiency of Building (EB) Group is directed towards ensuring comfortable environment through proper orientation, thermal insulation, window design, noise isolation as well as energy conservation in buildings. The energy conservation aspect includes maximum utilization of natural ventilation, daylight and solar energy for satisfying energy needs in buildings and providing comfortable environmental conditions indoors. Special laboratory facilities have been developed for measurement of thermal properties of materials as well as for experimental evaluation of parameters governing natural ventilation and daylight in buildings.
BEE Group has started working in the area of geothermal cooling and heating systems suitable for different zones of India, where CSIR-Central Building Research Institute has embarked upon a new vertical on geothermal exchange space conditioning. This research will explore building physics and application of ground source heat pump technology in different zones of India with a view to achieve Nearly or Net Zero or Positive Energy Building targeting low carbon-low refrigerant building energy use, in line with India’s Cooling Action Plan (ICAP).
CSIR-CBRI has also joined hands with S.A.P. Automation India by signing MoU for industry-research interface / collaboration in the area of Geothermal heating & cooling on February 2020.