Fair Conditioning Energy Consumption and Climate Injustice  – Fair Conditioning

Energy Consumption and Climate Injustice 


Building Services

Academic Year

2'nd Year


3'rd Year

Complexity Level


Content tags

Climate Justice


Energy Consumption


Urban Development

Activity Type

Field Visit


Numerical Exercise

Activity duration

1-2 days

  • To study the difference in energy consumption in 3 different building typologies 
  • To connect it with the vulnerability and climate injustice 

Students will be able to view the prevalent climate injustice within their own city through this activity. 


 Identify a mall, a residential housing and an informal settlement in the vicinity, according to the criteria as stated in the activity below. 

  • Prior visit to the three sites. 
  • Procure electricity bills of 2 months of all the three: mall, residential housing and selected houses in the informal settlement. 
  • Basic  knowledge about climate justice/injustice. The teacher provides relevant reading materials before this activity.

 Form 3 groups within the class: Each group will visit each site and procure the electricity bills and other required material, photos of the same.

Criteria of selection of the site:

  • Select the nearby mall in the vicinity of the institute. Procure information on the average footfall per day in the mall. 
  • Based on the number of people, select the formally designed (middle income) residential housing that is inhabited by a similar number of people. 
  • Simultaneously identify the informal settlement in the vicinity and select the number of houses to be accounted to arrive at the number. 
  • Each group to visit one site each.

Step 1: Compare the electricity consumption of each site, which is used by the same number of people. Share and discuss the differences and findings.  

Step 2: Gather the information on frequency of power cuts with each site and how they deal with it. Along with this also interact with the inhabitants of the frequency of floods, heat stress, thermal discomfort, their experience on severe winter and how is their experience.

Step 3: Try tabulating the findings and compare:

Building typologyMallResidential HousingInformal settlements
Electricity consumption
Power cuts experience 
Heat stress experience 
Excess rain/floodsexperience 
Extreme winters experience 
How do they deal with it?

Step 4: Reflect on the findings and the reality of climate change leading to climate injustice



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