This project focuses on developing training programs on thermal comfort in affordable housing in India to enhance the awareness on thermal comfort and provide professionals and senior government officials with necessary knowledge for framing thermal comfort policy at national & state level.
Additionally, advanced training programs for building professionals are developed to equip them with in-depth knowledge on thermal comfort, relevant international and national standards, basic tools for thermal comfort analysis and know-how of new and emerging innovative materials and construction technology. The training programs build upon the learnings from multiple affordable housing projects in different climatic zones of India.
An e-learning platform provides greater flexibility to students & professionals to access the training modules at their own pace without requiring physical presence. Climate Smart Buildings project is currently developing the e-learning portal which will be an online adaptation of the training content developed and delivered under the RACHNA initiative of MoHUA and GIZ under which 150 trainings are being organised across the nation.
These training programs in conjunction with the handbook developed, will provide a one stop shop for the stakeholders to learn to build affordable housing with enhanced thermal comfort, from the comfort of their homes & offices. These self-paced modules will be optimized for both desktop and portable devices.
The current time necessitates development of knowledge and training materials that transform the learning experience by making it interesting and playful. CSB program is gamifying the training program on innovative construction technologies and thermal comfort in affordable housing to attract participants like government officials, architects, engineers, students, etc.
The training modules developed under RACHNA will be soon available in an interactive format on the eLearning portal. The game will reward the most active participants with points and medals to boost participation. At the end there will be an evaluation by making use of the learning monitoring system, which leads to lessons learned to improve the pilot project for next implementations.