Energy and Low Income Tropical Housing
On April 3, 2015, the Thai project team presented results of household surveys and progress of the project to representatives from NHA at the Grand Four Wing Hotel in Bangkok. Firstly, Prof. Surapong Chirarattananon described the main objective of the project and work plan to the Director, the Vice-Director, and researchers/staff of the Housing Development Department of NHA. After that, other project team members made presentations on the survey results on topics of housing features, energy use, thermal environment and comfort, lighting condition in houses, and GHG emissions from each house type. The meeting went well and meet the set objective.
Prof. Surapong showed an outline of working plan of Thai project team, that the original plan was being followed. The Thai project team presented that household surveys for 4 regions of Thailand were carried out. The Thai project team will spend the next 2 quarters to analyze the results, identify criteria and developing scheme for rating energy and carbon performance of residential houses. It is hoped that the scheme would be used by National Housing Authority (NHA) of Thailand in the development of new houses and apartment units.
Dr. Ali commenced by inviting the Thai partner to cooperate in a comparative study of energy performance of residential houses in Thailand and China that could lead to development and implementation of residential building energy code and subsequent deployment and dissemination. He also expressed his interest in urban planning. He also mentioned his visit and organization of workshops on urban planning in universities in Cambodia.
Finally, the following proposals were tentatively agreed between Dr. Ali and Thai project team.
Dr. Christopher Butters (Chris, ELITH-University of Warwick) visited ELITH-Thailand working group and the Joint Graduate School of Energy and Environment (JGSEE) during May1-2, 2014. The morning activity was greeting and discussion. Prof. Surapong Chirarattananon presented a history of the Building Energy Science and Technology (BEST) laboratory then described the workplan of ELITH-Thailand. After that, Dr. Chris also explained his recent works and experiences.
In the afternoon, ELITH-Thailand members (Prof. Surapong, Dr. Surawut Chuangchote, and students in BEST laboratory) invited Dr. Chris to visited BEST laboratory and facilities at Bang KhunThian Campus of KMUTT. Prof. Surapong let the Master and PhD students presented their researches and experiments conducted in the laboratory such as ventilation stack, light pipes, desiccant wheel dehumidifier, effective shading devices, etc. The progress of renovation of the experimental house to support the experiments in the work plan of the ELITH projects was also presented.
On January 14, 2014, the Thai project team met with 11 representatives from NHA at Building 2 in the NHA compound in Bangkok. Figure 1 shows a photograph taken during the meeting. The project team introduced team members, described the main objective of the project and work plan to the Director, the Vice-Director, and 10 researchers/staff of the Housing Development Department of NHA. The NHA representatives agreed to appoint a team to work on a collaboration research with the project team. The NHA representatives also asked for the knowledge transfer from the research team. The research team from KMUTT might give a lecture related to energy efficiency in buildings and also details of this project to NHA staffs. The research team agreed with the idea. A lecture or training will be carried out in the future at NHA. A formal letter of invitation to the director of NHA for collaborative research was later submitted and a formal letter of response was received. The NHA welcome the invitation and assigned a deputy director of Housing Development Department to work with the project team. Another round of meeting between the project team and the team from the NHA is planned to initiate the collaborative research, first to create a joint research plan, to assess training needs for NHA personnel, and to elaborate on methodology of research.
A meeting with representatives from NHA on January 14, 2014.
The project meeting has arranged for the team members to participate and to report the progress of their assignments. The kick-off meeting was held on July 29, 2013. The meeting is scheduled on every Monday 9:00-12:00.
Dr. Pipat Chaiwiwatworakul, the representative of the ELITH Thailand, attended the Inaugural Meeting in Uganda on July 22, 2013. He met and discussed with the foreign project partners from 6 countries.