Sustainable Architecture(s) - Humane Cities
Role of Building Envelope in formation and mitigation of Urban Heat Island
J. Sehgal
2:15 pm - 3:45 pm


Buildings in highly dense neighborhoods is one of the infrastructure trapping heat in street canyons and results in overheating of urban areas which gives its strong contribution in formation of Urban Heat Island (UHI). On the other hand, formation of UHI from other aspects also contributes in excess amount of heat trapped. Building Envelopes influences this heat exchange and if not treated properly, it directly results in thermally uncomfortable spaces. This paper aims to understand the role of building envelope in formation and mitigation of UHI. The study produced a repository of research papers in relation with building envelope and UHI to identify various possible design approach and technologies available as mitigation principles and solutions for UHI at building and neighborhood level. The study outcomes reflect to understand the existing scope and gap for future research in considerable area to have comfortable environment and healthy spaces around the city.


Jagrati Sehgal, is Research Scholar at Malviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur. Currently engaged in research on building science in focusing on improvement of built environment. She has completed her masters from Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee. She has background of strong education professional with an exchange programme focused in green technologies in Landscape Architecture from Technical University of Munich, Germany. Gireendra Kumar, is an Assistant Professor at Malviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur. He has completed his Phd from Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee in Architecture and related services. He has specialization in Building Science, Sustainable Built Environment, Thermal and Comfort Evaluation in Buildings, Building Envelope and Fenestration Design, Computer Application and Building Design Simulation.