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Energy Efficiency, Acoustics and daylighting in Building


The objectives of this course is to expose the students to the concepts functional design of building for thermal aspects and energy efficiency; especially in tropical climates i.e. in Indian context. Further objective is to make the student capable of performing fenestration design for natural ventilation and daylighting & design of space for externaland internal noise control.

Civil Engineering & Architecture students and professionals

CORE/ELECTIVE: Core/ Elective

UG/PG: UG (elective)/PG Core/elective)

PREREQUISITES: BE/BSc. Level Physics & Mathematics

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: All Industry involved in Building design and construction. L&T, TERI etc. CPWD and all other PWDs. Dr. Fixit Institute

1236 students have enrolled already!!


B.Bhattacharjee, B.Tech(IIT KGP:1978), M.Tech. (IIT D:1982) and Ph.D. (I ITD:1990) Field Experience: M/s Gammon India Limited:1978-80. Professor Bishwajit Bhattacharjee is working with the Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi (India). His research interests pertain to the domains of building science, sustainable construction, concrete technology, and health monitoring of structures etc. His publications in these areas are well cited. He is also a recipient of the Indian Concrete Institute’s Life Time Achievement Award. He has been teaching a similar course in IITD for last 31 years (Building Science[3-0-0])


Week 1  :  Environmental Factors: Factors and their representation, tropical environments and site environments, etc.
Week 2  :   Human response to environment: Factors affecting human comfort, Human response to thermal environment, noise, visual environment etc.; Comfort indices
Week 3  : Response of building to thermal environment: Processes of heat exchange of building with environment; Effect of solar radiation; Thermal properties of material and sections and their influence
Week 4  :  Steady and periodic heat transfer in buildings
Week 5  :  Heat flow computations: Transmission matrix, Admittance method, etc.-1
Week 6  :  Heat flow computations: Transmission matrix, Admittance method, etc.-2
Week 7  :  Structural control and design for energy efficiency: Selection of envelope elements, Orientations, shape, Glasses and shading devices
Week 8  :  Natural ventilation: Purpose of ventilation, Mechanisms, Fenestration Design for natural ventilation
Week 9  :  Noise and Building: Basic acoustics and noise, Planning, Sound in free field, protection against external noise
Week 10  :  Internal noise sources and protection against air borne & structure borne noise.
Week 11  :  Day lighting: Lighting principles and fundamentals
Week 12  :  Sky, Indian sky, daylight prediction and design of fenestration.


1. Bureau of Indian Standards, " HAND BOOK OF FUNCTIONAL REQUIREMENTS OF BUILDINGS, (SP-41 & SP- 32)", BIS 1987 and 1989.
2. Koenighsberger, O.H. et al, "MANUAL OF TROPICAL HOUSING AND BUILDING PART-I CLIMATIC DESIGN", Orient Longman. 1973.
3. Markus,T.A. & Morris, E.N., "BUILDING CLIMATE AND ENERGY" Pitman publishing limited. 1980.
4. Croome, J.D. &Roberts, B.M.,"AIRCONDITIONING AND VENTILATION OF BUILDINGS VOL-1". Pergamon press.
5. Croome, J.D. "NOISE BUILDING AND PEOPLE" Pergamon press.
6. Clarke, J.A., "ENERGY SIMULATION IN List of reference materials/books/ Optional use of open source free software such as “eQUEST”, Energy plus etc. 2BUILDING DESIGN" Adam Hilger Ltd. 1985. 
7. Foreman, J.E.K.,"SOUND ANALYSIS AND NOISE CONTROL". Van Nostrand Reinhold. 1990.
8.Maekawa, Z. and Lord, P."ENVIRONMENTAL AND ARCHITECTURAL ACOUSTICS" E&FN Spon. 1994. IS 2526, IS 4954 and NBC etc.
  • The exam is optional for a fee.
  • Date of Exam: April 28th 2019 (Sunday).
  • Time of Exam: Morning session 9am to 2 noon; Afternoon session: 2pm to 5pm
  • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published.

  • Final score will be calculated as : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score
  • 25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of  Best 8 out of 12 assignments
  • E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.