Vivek Gilani, Director of the Indo-Swiss Fairconditioning Programme, a project to reduce emissions from air conditioning and cool India sustainably, will present the conference "Architecture without air conditioning" in Fribourg. This invited talk is co-organised on 31 August 2022 at 17:30 at the blue Hall of bluefactory (Room HBL0 21A) by Noé21 and the Smart Living Lab with the collaboration of the TRANSFORM Institute of the School for Engineering and Architecture of Fribourg. Register for the conference and aperitif.

Fairconditioning is a Building-Cooling Demand-Side-Management (DSM) related education, capacity building, and pilot implementation programme.

It is designed as an evidence-based policy support programme that seeks to create a critical mass of evidence for programmes that could be scaled-up across India and other tropical climates to achieve behaviour change amongst occupants of conditioned indoor spaces, reduce building heat loads (cooling demands), reduce energy and GHG intensity of artificial cooling systems.

It focuses on achieving indoor thermal comfort, in tropical climates, while reducing or avoiding conventional air-conditioning in order to reduce energy demand, and thereby improve energy access and lower GHG emissions. The program articulates a three-iii approach for transforming the cooling of interiors in tropical climates: improving energy-efficiency (EE) in the continuing building boom, integrating the most energy efficient-technologies to address cooling load in buildings, and, influencing corporate consumer behaviour.

The Fairconditioning programme consists of four unique projects designed to involve key stakeholders identified as having a high influence on energy efficiency gains

In operation since October 2012, the programme is organized into four sub-projects that focus on education (Academic Curricula Integration Project, ACIP), capacity building (Professional Ecosystem Support Project, PESP), corporate technology adoption (Sustainable Cooling Adopters Network, SCAN), and corporate behaviour change (Corporate Thermal Comfort Policies Campaign Project, UpBy2) with the legacy of establishing a sustainable cooling eco-system and driving evidence-based policy-change. This policy change will be created through distilling field experiences, over the programme period, to establish a critical mass of evidence for additional programs that could be scaled-up across other tropical climates to achieve behaviour change amongst occupants of conditioned indoor spaces, reduce building heat loads (cooling demands), and reduce energy and GHG intensity of artificial cooling systems.

INVITED TALK | Architecture without air conditioning by Vivek Gilani, Director of Fairconditioning Programme 17:30 | Halle bleue, bluefactory Fribourg (room HBL0 21A)



Vivek Gilani is the founder of cBalance Solutions, an organization that co-created the Fairconditioning programme. He 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, 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 Programme 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’.