Online training Enabling thermal comfort in self-built housing


Indian metropolises and major cities have witnessed a rapidly expanding urban footprint and intensive infrastructure development due to migration and population growth. This has created a demand for rapid construction technologies that are often characterized by rapid construction and repeating units. However, these technologies do not perform well on environmental parameters. At the other end of the spectrum, reverse migration due to the ongoing pandemic has focused attention on smaller towns. The unprecedented scale of this migration has triggered a need for affordable housing.

The housing sector in India is dominated by self-build, but what it needs is a direction towards incorporating climate-appropriate indigenous material choices. Government institutions such as the Central Department of Public Works started promoting indigenous technologies and materials for a self-reliant India. Native materials have multiple advantages over their fast paced, often industrially produced counterparts. The raw materials needed are often available locally and respond well to local climatic conditions; they are also better suited to respond to occupants’ thermal comfort issues.

The other big advantage is that these technologies use and enhance local skills. The self-built housing segment not only provides an opportunity to meet the accommodation needs of the displaced population, but also to improve the quality of life, develop skills and create jobs for the “green recovery” and regional development amid the ongoing pandemic.

The Center for Science and the Environment (CSE) is calling for applications for an interactive online training course on the subject of self-built housing and how to ensure thermal comfort in it. What the course will offer:

  • Green recovery in the post-COVID-19 self-build sector
  • Indian Cooling Action Plan and Thermal Comfort Strategies
  • Government initiatives and overview of self-built housing
  • Building materials/techniques adapted to the climate
  • Thermal properties of materials for occupant comfort
  • Eco Niwas Samhita


Mitashi Sing,
Deputy Program Manager,
Sustainable Buildings and Habitat Program, CSE
Telephone: 91-011-2464 5334 / 5335, Mobile: 9999705515
Email: [email protected]


Rajneesh Sareen,
Program Director,
Sustainable Habitat Program, CSE,
[email protected]

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