Building Innovation: High-Performance Buildings

December 12, 2018 - 8am PDT time

For an energy engineer, consultant, technologist, academic, or anyone interested in the buildings sector in India, the explosive growth in energy use and trends in new construction provide a fascinating opportunity for climate change mitigation. In this talk, Reshma will present transformative tools, technologies and approaches that can accelerate high-performance next-generation buildings in India. She will introduce topics such as- What is a holistic decision framework for a developer-owner’s energy-related investments, what are effective energy targets and performance goals for architects and sustainability managers to pursue, and what types of software tools, building products and policies help enable short and long terms benefits? She will offer inventive combinations of building wisdom and technology innovation that have been validated through building energy simulation, case studies and expert opinion. These are based on findings from a five year US-India research program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Indian Government, and can be found in the new book Building Innovation.

Your Instructor

Reshma Singh
Reshma Singh

Reshma Singh serves as Program Director of the tech-to-market IMPEL program (, and previously led the Department of Energy’s Center for Building Energy Research and Development ( at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She brings over 10 years of experience advancing urban sustainability, cleantech innovation, and working with complex international ecosystems in United States, India, and Singapore. Reshma’s work lies at the intersection of design and technology of smart buildings and cities, with a focus on energy, data analytics and UX, and IoT sensors and controls. Reshma is the author of Building Innovation: A Guide For High-Performance Energy Efficient Buildings in India, and contributor to Mutations: Harvard Project on the City. She serves on the Telecommunications Industry Association’s (TIA) Smart Buildings and Power and Energy group, and is on the Advisory Council for the State Department’s international Tech Women program.

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