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This programme introduces construction sector executives and professionals to lead the way towards realistic, market-feasible, net-zero-energy, net-zero-water, and climate-resilient buildings. Delivered by accomplished academics and successful industry leaders and through a combination of case discussions and exercises, the programme will enable participants to understand the technological and financial feasibility to combat Climate Change in the buildings sector, exploring the following high-level questions.

  • How can we make buildings that can withstand climate related hazards while continuing to function and provide critical services and reduce risk in the immediate future? 
  • How do buildings that have net-zero emissions buildings reduce risk in the longer term? 
  • How do we do this cost effectively by optimising investment and risk? 
  • How do we measure the performance and quantify the benefits? 


Who should take the course

Senior project management and design professionals in the buildings and energy sectors, with an experience of more than 15 years in the industry.


Learning Objectives

By the end of the programme, participants will be able to: 

  • Set a brief for net-zero and high-performance building projects, with aggressive yet realistic goals.
  • Identify gaps in their current work processes and be able to seek the necessary resources.
  • Communicate expectation of scope and work products for their consultants.
  • Equip themselves with information tools to evaluate technology options. 
  • Describe the financial framework appropriate for their project(s) to evaluate technology options.
  • Identify green funding, incentives, institutional investors’  performance metrics, or what MNCs look for in their real estate

Prasad Vaidya. Faculty Director. Prasad leads the Solar Decathlon India and the Sustainable Energy Lab at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements. He is an academic and a practitioner with more than 25 years of experience in the sector across India and the U.S.


Siddhartha Wig. Siddhartha is partner at ‘The Elements’, which focuses on socially relevant, cost-effective, and energy-efficient architecture. He has been visiting faculty at the TVB School of Habitat Studies, New Delhi and Chandigarh College of Architecture for their undergraduate and graduate programmes, and has taught subjects including Energy Efficient Architecture, Climatology, Environmental Psychology, Ecological Planning & Low-cost Buildings.


Jagadeesh Taluri. Jagadeesh is CEO and Founder of 1EQ Edutech Pvt Ltd. He is an Architect and an IIM Calcutta alumnus, with nearly 20 years of professional experience in the design and development of large-scale corporate and institutional projects. He was trained in advanced energy simulations and low energy HVAC design by various International experts and US National Labs.


Sanjay Prakash. Sanjay is an architect with a commitment to energy-conscious architecture, eco-friendly design, people’s participation in planning, and production design. His area of practice and research over the last 30 years includes passive and low energy architecture and planning, hybrid air-conditioning, autonomous energy and water systems, bamboo and earth construction, community-based design of common property, and computer-aided design. 


Samit Bhowmick. Samit is co-founder at VeraTatva, a collaborative engineering consultancy that specialises in high performance, sustainable designs at little or no additional cost. Earlier, he managed MEP services at Infosys for their new, ultra-efficient buildings. Samit believes that every designer should own the responsibility of minimising the environmental impact implied by his/her design.


Swati Puchalapalli. Director at TerraViridis Consultants LLP. Swati has 20+ years of experience in Sustainable design, computational analysis and environmental policy research. She focuses on high-performance and high-comfort leading to Net Zero design along with value engineering in the areas of energy, water and waste. Her projects range from sustainability consultancy to policy research and training, spread across various continents. She is a founding member of GRIHA Council and a visiting faculty at CEPT University and Manipal University.


Ashok B Lall. Ashok graduated from the University of Cambridge U.K. in Architecture Fine Arts. His architectural firm, Ashok B Lall Architects (estd. 1981), is committed to an architectural practice based on the principles of environmental sustainability and social responsibility. Engaged in architectural education since 1990, he has developed curricula and teaching methods to address environmental issues. His current interest is in developing strategies for sustainable urban development in the context of rapid urbanization.


  • Residential programme in Bengaluru
  • Delivered through a combination of digital self-learning material, case studies, in-class discussions, field visits, and masterclasses
  • High degree of application orientation and peer learning



  • Hybrid learning and group problem-solving
  • Masterclass sessions every day
  • Extensive use of real cases
  • Concepts, discussions, examples and methods rooted in Indian construction climate, and economy
  • Field visit to a net-zero campus
  • Interaction with industry experts throughout the day, every day
  • Extensive in-person networking and team-building opportunities
9:00-11:00 am
Active learning with self-learning modules
11:30-1:30 pm
Case discussions with expert/s
2:30-4:30 pm6:30-7:30 pm7:30 pm onwards
Day 1Learners arriveOrientation, process, hurdles, expectationsDinner
Day 2(Site Visit) with Prasad Vaidya and Jagadeesh Taluri (including discussion and feedback)Travel back from site visit (5:00 pm onwards)Icebreaking networking dinner
Day 3Energy performance, Costing, Financial feasibilityWith Prasad Vaidya and Jagadeesh TaluriGroup work, problem solving, presentationMasterclass with Prasad Vaidya and Jagadeesh TaluriDinner
Day 4Building Envelope, Passive DesignWith Swati Puchalapalli and Siddhartha WigGroup work, problem solving, presentationMasterclass with Swati Puchalapalli and Siddhartha WigDinner
Day 5Water sufficiency, Resilient Design learning modulesWith Sanjay Prakash and Ashok LallGroup work, problem solving, presentationMasterclass with Sanjay Prakash and Ashok LallGala dinner and discussion: carbon, waste, accountability
Day 6HVAC right sizing, system optionsWith Samit Bhowmick and Rohan ParikhGroup work, problem solving, presentationFeedback, Closure & CertificationLearners Depart (6 pm onwards)


Note: IIHS reserves the right to make changes to the programme schedule as it deems necessary due to exigencies.

Duration: 6 days


Venue: Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Bengaluru City Campus, Bengaluru


Dates: To be Announced



  • Rs. 125,000 per participant, plus taxes (residential)
  • Discounts may be considered for group nominations (3 – 5 participants from the same organisation)
  • Maximum cohort size: 35 participants