Sustainable Architecture

By Prof. Avlokita Agrawal   |   IIT Roorkee
The pace at which resource consumption is increasing in every field, it has become imperative to consider sustainability in all aspects. Buildings are a major consumer of resources through their life time. This has been realized by the nations world over and hence stricter norms and laws for construction are being laid. Buildings are supposed to be more and more efficient and optimal in consuming resources. Such buildings are called sustainable buildings and all buildings will be required to be sustainable.Hence this course becomes important in understanding-
1. The basic parameters of sustainable buildings. 2. Design, Practices and technology which would lead to creation of such buildings. 3. Science behind performance of efficient buildings.
INTENDED AUDIENCE : Architecture and Planning
PREREQUISITES : Climatology, Building materials
INDUSTRY SUPPORT : IGBC, GRIHA, BEE, BIS, Green Building Consultants, Practicin Architecture Firms

Learners enrolled: 2075


Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 27 Jan 2020
End Date : 17 Apr 2020
Exam Date : 25 Apr 2020
Enrollment Ends : 03 Feb 2020
Category :
  • Architecture and Planning
  • Level : Undergraduate


    Week  1 : Fundamentals of sustainability, definitions, historical development of the concept of sustainability and sustainable development, Sustainable architecture as a subset of sustainable development.
    Week  2 : Impacts of built environment on natural environment, Sustainable Development, Agenda 21, UN Goals
    Week  3 : Characteristics of sustainable architecture, fundamentals of passive designing and climatology, thermal comfort, visual comfort, acoustic comfort
    Week  4 : Sustainable buildings, parameters of sustainable buildings, Green buildings, indicators of green buildings, Terminologies related to sustainable buildings- carbon footprint, life cycle analysis,
    Week  5 : Site development- site selection, UHI, Public Transport, vegetation, development footprint, storm water runoff, SRI
    Week  6 : Water – estimating the use, reductions in consumption, recycling, reuse, landscape requirement, strategies and technology for water conservation
    Week  7 : IEQ- day lighting, views, CFC free, ventilation, comfort, VOC free
    Week  8 : Materials and Resources- segregation, recycling, reduction in waste, reuse of materials and building, renewability
    Week  9 : Energy- energy efficiency, energy conservation, ECBC, renewable energy, M&V
    Week 10 : Codes and compliances – ECBC, NBC, other rating systems prevalent in india
    Week 11 : Vernacular architecture and sustainability, culture and sustainability
    Week 12 : Software use for Energy compliance- Design Builder, Climate Consultant etc




    Prof. Avlokita Agrawal

    IIT Roorkee
    I Am Dr. Avlokita Agrawal. I earned Bachelor of Architecture degree from IIT Roorkee in 2003 and PhD from IIT Roorkee in 2010. Right from college, the subject which most interested me were climatology and passive designing which were taught to us by one of the most accomplished teachers of those times, Dr. M R Sharma and Dr. I C Sharma, both from CBRI. After B Arch, I pursued PhD where I studied Impact of Vaastushastra on thermal comfort in traditional Havelis of Rajasthan. While pursuing PhD and post completion of PhD, I worked for companies like Asahi India Glass (where I headed their Green Design Division) and Honeywell international (where I worked in Corporate Affairs division with a focus on building energy efficiency vertical). In corporate jobs, I was mainly working toward various aspects of building energy efficiency. After joining back academics, I have mainly taught subjects like Sustainable Built Environment. I also manage the IGBC student chapter at IIT Roorkee.


    • The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
    • The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
    Date and Time of Exams: 25th April 2020, Morning session 9am to 12 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. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
    • Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.

    • Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
    • Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100
    • Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

    • If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.
    • 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 Roorkee. It will be e-verifiable at 
    • Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.