Strategies for Sustainable Design

By Prof. Shiva Ji   |   IIT Hyderabad
Learners enrolled: 500
The course discusses sustainability principles and concepts from across various domains. Elaborates on sustainability definitions, aspects, dynamic nature of it, and its application in everyday life. Further, it discusses global efforts from UNFCCC, IPCC, and other agencies for developing context-based solutions and climate change mitigation efforts. Involves field visits, real-life case examples, and assignments. Includes study on building technologies to improve efficiency and response to surroundings. Focusses on basic scientific principles underlying the environmental performance of the built environment and designing for efficacy on EIA/LCA. It elaborates about NBC of India, CNBC, and SA Methods also such as GRIHA, LeNS tools, etc. Overall, it touches on UN SDG and systemic analysis for an easy understanding of assessment for students. The course provides a state of the art study material using the latest research papers, journals, books, and reports, etc.

Architecture, Product Design, Interiors, Construction, and Manufacturing.
INDUSTRIES  SUPPORT     : Construction and Manufacturing.
Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Exam Date : 24 Apr 2022 IST
Category :
  • Architecture and Planning
  • Civil Engineering
  • Design Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate

Course layout

Week 1: Definitions and Perspectives on Sustainability in Industrial Design and Built Environments  

Week 2: ESE Aspects of Sustainability and Climate Change Mitigation

Week 3: Current National and International Scenario of SD and Dependence on Energy

Week 4: Impact of Pollutions and Design Processes with Alternative Solutions for Health of Ecosystem

Week 5: Environmental Impact Assessment and Lifecycle Analysis

Week 6: Policy, Growth, Development and 3R's for Consumption

Week 7: NBC, ECBC, and SA Methods such as GRIHA 

Week 8: UN SDG and System Design tools such as SPSS, MSDS by LeNS

Week 9: Vernacular and Responsive Design using Net-Zero Energy, Lighting, Ventilation, Views, etc., for Human Comfort
Week 10: Design for Sustainability and Nature as Inspiration

Week 11:  International Conventions, Laws and Emerging Technologies for SD

Week 12:  SD Case Studies and Summary

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Books and references

• Rottle, Nancy., Yocom, Ken., Ecological Design, AVA Book, Switzerland. 2010
• Tischner, Ursula, Eivind Sto, Unni Kjaernes, and Arnold Tukker, eds.System Innovation for Sustainability 3: Case Studies in Sustainable Consumption and Production - Food and Agriculture. Greenleaf Publishing,2009
• Benyus, Janine M. Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. William Morrow Paperbacks,2002
• C. Vezzoli and E. Manzini, Design for Environmental Sustainbility, Springer – Verlag, London 2008.
• A. Tukker and U. Tischner (eds.), New Business for Old Europe, Product Services, Sustainability and Competitiveness, Greenleaf Publishing, Shefield, 2008

Instructor bio

Prof. Shiva Ji

IIT Hyderabad
Prof. Shiva Ji is a practicing Architect, Industrial Designer and Assistant Professor in Department of Design and Department of Climate Change at IIT Hyderabad. He has B.Arch, M.Des, MBA and PhD in sustainability assessment methods in built environments from IIT Guwahati. He has over 13 years of cumulative experience in industry and academics. He has accomplished several projects in field and has over 39 designs launched in the market. His research areas include design for sustainability, sustainability assessment, virtual & augmented reality, architectural heritage reconstruction using technology. He is involved with many research projects using state of the art technology in domains of architecture and design. He is a member with several national and International organizations.

Course certificate

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: 24 April 2022 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

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. 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 Madras .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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