In the current scenario, air conditioning stands as an effective means of indoor cooling but comes with significant environmental consequences. However, there exists a compelling opportunity to address the cooling needs of underserved communities living in hot, tropical, and subtropical regions. These communities face higher risks of heat-related health issues, especially in densely populated urban areas with the urban heat island (UHI) effect. As these regions experience rapid urbanization and population growth, an increasing number of people are exposed to these challenges. Traditional cooling options, such as air coolers and pedestal fans, while offering partial relief, can strain energy resources and contribute to global electricity consumption.
The core objective of this project is to develop a meaningful deliverable that identifies the limitations of existing cooling options, explores the wisdom of traditional cooling practices, and harnesses the potential of Terracotta as an affordable and sustainable cooling material. This project aligns seamlessly with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDGs 7, 12, and 13, by promoting access to sustainable energy solutions, responsible production and consumption, and contributing to climate change mitigation.
This endeavour is not just about cooling; it's about empowering underserved communities with access to affordable, sustainable, and climate-friendly cooling solutions. It represents a positive step towards improving the quality of life and resilience of those who need it most.