Challenges on the path towards a lower carbon construction industry


23rd August, 2017


Conference Hall, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road, New Delhi


University of Edinburgh in collaboration with TERI-HI-AWARE.


The problem of adapting to climate change in increasing heat and unreliable weather goes hand-in-hand with the problem of mitigating the carbon emissions from construction materials including cement and steel.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together architects, policy and NGO people as well as academics to share short 10-minute presentations on their experiences with the challenges and bottlenecks regarding particular materials as well as what works, with plenty of time for discussion on how the various actors can increase the use of low-emissions materials in construction. These materials include traditional ones where the skills exist, and also new materials being developed and tried out. The panels will run consecutively.



10:00 – 10:30

Introduction to the event

Neha Bharti: presenting from HI-AWARE.

Heid Jerstad: ‘Concrete housing, carbon and construction materials in southern HP.’

10:30 – 11:30

Session I: Materials and their co-benefits

Vaibhav Kaley: ‘Bamboo based building systems, the challenges and bottlenecks.’

Shahveer  Put your hands together/Saathaath

Vasant and Revathi Kamath: ‘Mud and bamboo’

11:30 – 12:30

Session II: Regulatory and Organizational Approaches

Chitrangada Bisht GRIHA

Shweta Manchanda School of Architecture and Planning

Sayantan Sarkar Cool Roofs

Mahesh Rajasekar ‘Technology options for Cool Roof’

12:30 – 13:30


13:30 – 15:00

Session III: Building for a Living

Dhruv Chandra Sud: ‘Natural building: Image and Identity in developing Himalayan Landscapes’

Sharath Nayak: ‘Co-operative Collaborative Convivial Construction Conundrum’

Suhashini Ayer: ‘Sustainability and human ecology’

Laurent Fournier

Didi Contractor


15:00 – 15:30

Tea break

15:30 – 16:30

Summing up and discussion time