Webinar: Decarbonizing Building Construction in India

Cement and steel are the most commonly used building materials in the construction industry and collectively contribute to 15% of the total global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Globally, building construction and operation accounts for 39% of the total GHG emissions, of which 11% is due to material used in building construction.

As India continues its growth story, rapid urbanisation and increasing population will escalate energy consumption and GHG emissions due to increased construction activity. Therefore, adopting sustainable building construction practices becomes essential for a low carbon economy and to achieve the 1.5°C Paris Agreement goal.

Sustainable building construction would require considerations on low carbon design approaches, improved construction techniques, circular economy strategies and alternate low carbon material options. In recent years a lot of research is happening on this front. This webinar aims to sensitize key stakeholders on the low carbon approaches including innovations happening in design and construction, alternate materials, and circular economy measures.

Date: 17 February 2021, Time: 15.00 – 16.30 (IST)
Opening remarks Satish Kumar, President & Executive Director, AEEE
Presentations by Tim Chapman, Director Infrastructure, Arup
Ashok B Lall, Principal, Ashok B Lall Architects
R.V Ramani, Founder and Head, Argus Concrete Solutions
Q&A session


Ashok B Lall
Ashok Lall is an architect practicing in Delhi since 1981. His practice specializes in environmentally and socially sustainable design. He has researched and written on the subject of sustainability extensively. He has also been involved with architectural education since 1984. He was Dean of Studies at TVB School of Habitat Studies, New Delhi, and at present, he is the Design and Technology Chair at KRVIA, Mumbai.
Dr. R V Ramani
R V Ramani is the CEO of Argus Concrete Solutions Llc, USA/India, specializing in Zero Concrete Cement and several other concrete based applications. He has held several honorary positions, including Member of the Govt. of India’s National Energy Mission and National Research and Development Corporation. Dr. Ramani has delivered several talks and published more than 40 papers in the area of Geopolymer Concrete.
Mr. Tim Chapman 
Tim is an Arup Director who led its London-based Infrastructure Design group for almost a decade, focusing on decarbonizing the UK’s infrastructure systems. In 2011, he was awarded the ICE President’s Medal for producing the institution’s first significant thought piece on how to decarbonise the infrastructure sector. Tim was one of the authors of PAS2080: 2016 as the world’s first standard for managing whole life carbon in infrastructure.
Dr. Satish Kumar
Dr. Satish Kumar serves as the President and Executive Director of the Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE). Before AEEE, he was associated with organisations including Schneider Electric India, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and was the Chief of Party for USAID’s ECO-III project. He is a member of the TEAP’s Energy Efficiency Task Force under the Montreal Protocol and is a LEED Fellow (USGBC).

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