Prasad Vaidya

Prasad Vaidya

Solar Decathlon India

Director, Solar Decathlon India

Prasad Vaidya is the Director of Solar Decathlon India and a Senior Advisor at AEEE. He is a LEED Fellow with 25+ years of experience in energy policy, program development, and net-zero energy building projects in the USA, Korea, the Middle East, and India, on over 150 buildings. He has worked on the implementation of the Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) and led the development of ECOnirman Whole Building Performance, an energy simulation compliance tool. His experience includes passive solar design at building and urban planning scales, and appropriate construction technologies. He is an Adjunct Professor at Manipal Academy of Higher Education, and a former Professor and Area Chair for Building Energy Performance at CEPT University. He taught graduate-level courses at the University of Minnesota, and continuing education courses as ASHRAE and LEED faculty. He co-authored Fundamentals of Integrated Design for Sustainable Building, published by John Wiley and Sons.

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DAY 02 | Friday February 3, 2023
14:45 - 15:45

Executive Dialogue 6 – Advancing Construction Sector- Decarbonising through Alternate Materials and Demand Optimisation Techniques

New Delhi

Session Brief: The construction sector is highly fragmented with different stages, processes and different stakeholders, and each stakeholder has an impact on the GHG emissions in the entire building life cycle. Therefore, to effectively de-risk the sector from climate risks while continuing to innovate and provide a sustainable habitat, greater participation and coordinated action is required from all the key players in the entire value chain. Population and economic growth have fostered urbanisation in India, and the number of urban towns and cities is increasing drastically. This increasing urbanisation is leading to a rampant rise in the construction of buildings and housing projects. According to AEEE’s estimates, India's total building floor area will be around 30 billion m2 by 2038 from 15.8 billion in 2015. This growth would also spur the demand for conventional construction materials like cement, steel, bricks, glass, etc. Yet, these construction materials are highly energy and emissions-intensive and are responsible for the embodied carbon from the building and construction sectors. They must change in the decade of climate action even more so because the embodied carbon content in India’s buildings, especially in residential construction, is much higher; the way we used and still are building needs to change as our PM has pledged to decarbonise its economy by 2070 at COP 26. To fulfil these targets and commitments, it requires a clear and focused strategy with a holistic approach covering all phases of building construction, from the extraction of building raw materials to the disposal and recycling of demolition waste.

This session attempts to address the embodied carbon from the construction sector through discussions around the material efficiency methods in this sector.