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Proceedings of BSO Conference 2022: 6th Conference of IBPSA-England


Data driven investigation of thermal comfort in an informal settlement – a case of Mumbai

Divya Chaudhari, Namrata Dhamankar
Dr. Bhanuben Nanavati College of Architecture

Abstract: Large pockets of informal settlements are a common sight, especially in emerging economies like India. The built environment of these informal settlements remains an area less explored. This research therefore aimed to investigate thermal comfort in typical urban informal settlements. Real time onsite monitoring of environmental parameters affecting thermal comfort for 2 houses in a selected settlement of Mumbai was done which led to an inference that roof element of the house receives maximum solar radiation. The two cases were then further simulated in Design Builder to understand the effect of solar radiation and heat gain through the roof which is exposed the most. The research further expanded to studying mitigation strategies by adopting multiple roof assemblies as retrofit solutions for these houses. These assemblies were studied keeping thermal conductance, ease of installation, strength and over workability and maintenance into consideration. The research reveals how an overall study of thermal comfort through a data- driven approach can assist stakeholders and authorities to develop design-guidelines and strategies for thermal comfort in informal settlements.
Keywords: Thermal Comfort, Informal Housing, Retrofit solutions