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Green detector for building material

According to reports, in what could be a boon to the construction and building industry in the country, the Centre for Advanced Research in Building Science and Energy (CARBSE) at Cept University has developed a ‘U-Factor calculator’ along with a unique database that will prove beneficial in selecting building material, help in analysis and building energy modelling.

U-Factor, in simple terms, means ‘rate of heat transfer’. So, lower the U-factor, lesser the heat transfer through walls, roof and windows of any building. While many such stand-alone calculating tools are available, the database which Cept has generated is the first of its kind. “The database carries information regarding building materials found in India; something that existing database lack. Stats like thermal conductivity, thermal diffusivity and specific heat in context to 57 cities of India are listed in our database, making this tool unique,” said a core team member of CARBSE.

The Cept energy lab, that has generated the India-relevant database being used by this tool, is known to be the only one in the country that does research work pertaining to ‘building energy efficiency’.

The tool will be freely accessible online and provide ample help to architects, MEP consultants, Green Building consultants, students and researchers in their line of work. This project, that has been supported by ministry of new and renewable energy, the Government of India and Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, will also help in implementing ‘Energy Conservation Building Code’.

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