Determining how design and planning of built environment, and appropriate use of materials can contribute to energy efficiency, and hence savings and well-being particularly for various low income communities

Incorporating passive technologies (that bring in natural lighting and ventilation), appropriate materials that provide natural cooling/heating inside the structure, can result in buildings that are inherently efficient in its use of energy. While this is a known fact across the build and design community, specific challenges emerge when trying to incorporate these techniques for low income communities. These constraints might be due to dense living environments or spatial constraints, lack of appropriate financing, access to skill and construction/material knowledge etc. Thus, there is a need to develop and innovate upon specific technologies and design or planning solutions that help build these missing processes in delivery of sustainable ‘affordable’ housing for infrastructure at the bottom of the pyramid.

A team of architects, designers and civil engineers, work directly with vulnerable, low income communities, to create models for delivery of sustainable and energy efficient environments, which directly impacts the overall well-being of the user of the space.