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2017 Second ASHRAE Developing Economies Conference

November 10-11, 2017
Delhi, India

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General Information

ASHRAE’s Second Developing Economies Conference takes place November 10 - 11, 2017 in Delhi, India.

In view of the anticipated construction boom in Developing Economies for infrastructure and urbanization, the conference is an ASHRAE initiative to reach out and share its resources.

The conference theme, titled “Trends, Opportunities and Challenges for the Built Environment in Developing Economies,” provides a platform for interaction amongst designers, building professionals and policymakers from both Developed & Developing countries to share learnings.

The conference is focused on trends that are affecting the built environment in developing economies and the opportunities and challenges presented by these trends. The conference addresses the challenges developing countries face in infrastructure and urbanization as well as air pollution, refrigerant phasedown and lack of trained manpower. The conference attempts to bring together experts from all over the world. 

“The conference provides a unique opportunity to listen & interact with experts from ASHRAE and speakers from nearly 15 countries across the world that will deliberate on trends influencing the built environment” says Ashish Rakheja, conference chair. “This initiative of ASHRAE is a great step to bring industry stakeholders together and find solutions to address the needs of these diverse cultures and climates. With the Developing Economies going to see the bulk of future construction, the focus on them looks towards the future of the planet.”

The conference features keynote presentations, speakers and sessions on topics including:

  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Energy-Water Nexus
  • Smart Cities
  • UN Environment session on Eco labelling
  • Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)
  • Tall Buildings

This is the second Developing Economies Conference, co-organized by ASHRAE, ASHRAE India Chapter and Delhi Chapter of ISHRAE.


Technical Program

A preliminary Program Schedule is now available.

Technical Program


Conference Schedule



Master Speakers

Karan-Grover-150x200.jpgKaran Grover, Karan Grover and Associates, Gujarat, India
Karan completed a Bachelor of Architecture in 1974 from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda and a Graduate Diploma in 1975 from Architectural Association, London. He is the Founding Director of Karan Grover and Associates, established in 1985. Karan Grover has passionately advocated the need to look at ones culture and heritage for clues as to the direction for a contemporary architecture and sustainable development relevant to the Indian context today. He has won numerous awards in India and internationally, including becoming the first architect in the world to win the USGBC “Platinum” Award for the greenest building in the world, The “CII–Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre”.


Guranga-Das-150x200.jpgGuaranga Das, Govardhan Ecovillage (GEV), Mumbai, India
Gauranga Das is the Director of Govardhan Ecovillage (GEV), a 90-acre model community for sustainable rural development at Wada. He and his team have led environment friendly initiatives that have become a hub for eco-tourism and rural development. GEV’s award-winning initiatives include water conservation, waste management, renewable energy, green infrastructure, organic farming, rural empowerment and global outreach. GEV’s work has been recognized internationally and received several awards including the United Nations 2017 Award for Excellence and Innovation in Sustainable Tourism from the UNWTO. It is the first time India has ever won this recognition in the NGO sector. Gauranga Das is also an inspirational speaker and gives spiritual guidance to corporate leaders, students in premier institutes and doctors both in India and abroad.



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Steering Committee

The steering committee members are:
Ashish Rakheja, Chair
KK Mitra
Priyank Garg
Aneesh Kadyan
Gaurav Vasudev
Anoop Ballaney
Braj Shrivastava
Dharmendra Rathore
Varun Jain
Amit Goel
Richie Mittal
Sandeep Kohli
Robin Chouhan
Jon Cohen, ASHRAE Conferences and Expositions Committee Representative


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