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Cooling Buildings Thoughtfully


This course seeks to demonstrate how the cooling of buildings in the Caribbean can be enhanced by improving energy-efficiency in the building sector, integrating the most energy efficient-technologies to address cooling load in buildings, and how this sustainable cooling eco-system can influence corporate consumer behaviour. More specifically, the course will introduce concepts of building physics, psychrometry, comfort cooling techniques and technologies, adaptive thermal comfort, and sustainable cooling technologies. Moreover, this course will enable delegates to apply these concepts in the building design process.

The course explores the complex technical insights of sustainable building concepts through sensitizing delegates using debates, exercises and activities so that they are motivated to build buildings that are ‘thoughtfully’ cool in the near future.
The course will help delegates to develop technical skills in order to make sound decisions while designing a climate- responsive and energy-efficient building.

What will I Learn?

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Discuss the basic concepts of sustainable principles;
  • Apply sustainable principles to practical, real-world scenarios;
  • Design a building using knowledge of sustainable principles;
  • Analyse and review an unsustainably designed building;
  • Design buildings that are ‘thoughtfully’ cool and climate responsive;
  • Make informed decisions concerning sustainable design issues.

Who Should do this Course

Important Information

The goals of this course are to:

  • Introduce delegates to sustainable cooling concepts, techniques and technologies.
  • Foster delegates’ ability to make sound decisions while designing climate-friendly, energy efficient buildings, through the development of key technical skills.

If the various governments across the Caribbean formulate environmental policies ‘tomorrow’, compelling all new buildings in Caribbean Countries to be energy efficient and have a low carbon footprint, would Caribbean students and professional and commercial enterprises have the motivation and skills to adhere to these progressive policies?

It is therefore timely to train and educate Caribbean students, professionals and entrepreneurs to become well-versed in technical concepts of sustainable design. Hence, this course will seek to equip delegates with the skills and tools needed to design buildings that are energy efficient and reduce energy consumption, and that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from buildings in the Caribbean.

At a Glance

  • Admissions Term: 2020/2021 Semester II
  • Registration: Open
  • Date: TBA
  • Time: Monday and Thursday 8:00AM - 11:00 AM
  • Duration: 7 weeks ( 42 hours)
  • Certificate Awarded: Certificate of Completion
  • Capacity: 40
  • Cost: BDS$ $1500.00 / US$750.00

The following topics will be addressed:
  • Nexus between Climate Justice, and Built Space
  • Building Heat Transfer
  • Thermal Comfort
  • Psychrometry & Climate Analysis
  • Passive Design Strategies
  • Solar Geometry
  • Rethinking Design
  • Active Cooling Principles
  • Sustainable Cooling Technologies – Evaporative Cooling
  • Sustainable Cooling Technologies – Structure Cooling
  • Sustainable Cooling Technologies – Radiant Cooling
  • Sustainable Cooling Technologies – Natural Refrigerants
  • Behavioural Change Management

Professionals such as architects and engineers, who are working in the building industries who want to participate in contributing to the future sustainable design movement in the Caribbean.

The mode of delivery is Hybrid Flexible. The course will be delivered through instructional, experiential, and collaborative debates, exercises and activities.

  • Mr. Vivek Gilani
  • Ms. Shruti Saraf
  • Ms. Chingsubam Matouleibi
  • Mr. Dhrumit Parikh
  • Mr. Hasan ul Banna Khan
  • Ms. Anusha Mohan

Mr. Vivek Gilani
Vivek is an Ashoka Fellow and an Environmental Engineer (MS Environmental Engineering, University of Massachusetts) with expertise in Water, Wastewater Treatment and GHG Inventorying, and Energy Auditing/Analytics.He is a Bureau of Energy Efficiency (India) Certified Energy Auditor and a certified Building Energy Modeller.He is Co-founder of India’s first Carbon-Footprint-Calculation and Reduction movement – the NO2CO2 project at, Developer of India-specific Carbon ERP Tools and GHG Emission Factor Databases under the Climatenomics Platform, Co-Founder and Member of the Steering Committee for the First Ecolabelling Program in India – ‘The Green Signal’. He is also a civic-rights interventionist working to usher in an era of informed participation in democracy in India as Founder of the ‘Informed Voter Project’ currently on the web at He is the founder of cBalance Solutions Hub and also the main instrument behind the Fairconditioning Program. He has been the trainer of the program since 2015.

Ms. Shruti Saraf
Shruti is an architect with a master’s degree in Urban Management from CEPT University, Ahmedabad. She is a GRIHA Certified Professional and has worked on Climate Responsive Building design and research for the U.S.-India CBERD project, in which she monitored and analysed various passive design features in buildings across India located in different climate zones. She also assisted in the conceptualisation and design of one-of-its-kind Low energy cooling test bed on CEPT campus. Along with this, she has also administered research surveys in various commercial buildings in India to understand how buildings affect productivity, thermal comfort and occupant satisfaction. Furthermore, she had the opportunity to work on a Global Innovation Initiative project and was involved as a surveyor for the research project ‘Development of the India Model for Adaptive Thermal Comfort (IMAC)’ at CARBSE, CEPT university. She had also been appointed as an Academic associate for the master’s programme in Building Energy Performance at CEPT. She has a keen interest in contributing towards sustainability and climate change. Shruti has been with cBalance Solutions Hub for two years.

Ms. Chingsubam Matouleibi
Matouleibi holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Science and is an Accredited Professional of the Indian Green Building Council. She was previously involved in facilitating, documenting and ensuring the on-ground implementation of the sustainable frameworks in construction industries. She has worked with a non-governmental organization which is helping farmers cope with climate change. She has attended the Professional Fellow Program in the USA in Spring 2016. She is interested in creating tools and solutions that enable measurement of environmental impacts and reverse the negative impacts through informed decisions. She has been with cBalance Solutions Hub for three years leading the curriculum vertical of the Fairconditioning program.

Mr. Dhrumit Parikh
Dhrumit is a BEE certified Energy Manager and holds a master’s degree in Renewable Energy from Amity University. He has completed his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Sardar Patel University with internship and voluntary experiences at RSM GC Pvt Ltd and Centre for Clean Technology and Sustainable Business. A Certified ISO 14001 EnMS (Environment Management System) LEAD Auditor, he is a lifetime active member of Solar Society of India, New Delhi. Dhrumit has been with cBalance Solutions Hub for more than five years. He has been the trainer of the program since 2018.

Mr. Hasan ul Banna Khan
Hasan holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Mumbai. During his graduation, he has been involved in several technical projects and led teams in competitions held at intercollegiate and national levels like ASME Human Powered Vehicle Challenge India 2015, RoboCon 2014, RoboWars etc., won prizes in some of them. He was a volunteer and participant of Green 2013, organised by his college, which aimed to spread an awareness within and around the campus about incorporating simple lifestyle changes to help the environment. Post-graduation, he has been involved in teaching several subjects to mechanical engineering bachelor’s students, which include Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer and RAC. He has been involved actively in various projects of Fairconditioning Program and he has been with cBalance Solutions Hub for two years.

Ms. Anusha Mohan
Anusha Mohan graduated in Industrial Production Engineering from PES, Mandya. She has prior work experience with an IT company as a Tech Lead managing deliverables across locations. She has completed her Fellowship Program in Sustainable Living from Bhoomi College, Bangalore. Her interests lie in Nature, Education, Travelling & Trekking, Fitness, Music & Dance. She has an experience of teaching English at two Government Schools for 5 years. She has led an adventure club and has handled groups of up to 80 on treks. Also, she has finished two half marathons and a few 10k runs. Currently, she is in a journey towards leading a sustainable lifestyle by bringing in changes to her daily routine and household. She believes that a balanced lifestyle with conscious actions would keep ourselves and the earth healthy and make the world a better place.