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Details of Design Competition

This competition is open to all Indian citizens. Foreign nationals can participate as a part of a team, but the team will be required to have an Indian team leader.

Participation is open to individuals, teams, and firms who having read the Design Competition Brief consent to comply with the rules of the competition provided herein, subject to such party also representing and warranting that they have all required power and authority to enter into and execute this Agreement and subject to the person signing on behalf of any party being authorized to bind such Party, where applicable.

Based on the type of day-light control, the shading systems can be segmented into two categories: those which provide daylight control and those which do not provide day light control. The competition will have two categories, named after the most common application in buildings:

1. Residential Sector (simple shading system): The shading systems will block all solar radiation (heat as well as light). These are expected to be simple, low cost solutions which will find wider applications in residential buildings.
2. Commercial Sector (shading and day-lighting system): The shading systems will block the heat component of solar radiation but will provide effective natural day-lighting. These should be sophisticated mechanisms (can include sensors and automation) which find more application in commercial office buildings.

Competition Structure 
The competition will be structured in two stages:

1. Design Stage
2. Mock-up Stage

At the design stage, the focus will be primarily on creative and innovative designs. During the mock-up stage, these shortlisted designs will be asked to develop working mock-up models to test their functionality and effectiveness. The winners will be decided after completion of the mock-up stage and due importance will be given to both aspects while deciding the final winners. 

The objective of this competition is to help bring India-centric external movable shading system designs to the domestic market. Towards this goal, BEEP will provide further assistance to the winning teams in the form of:

  • Prototype testing and product development support
  • One-day business interaction event

 For details, please refer to the competition design brief:

Competition Timeline 




Competition Launch

Competition Launch

8 September, 2014

Registrations Open

8 September, 2014

Stage 1:

Design Stage

Stage 1 begins

8 September, 2014

Registrations Close

30 December, 2014

Last Date for Entry Submission

7 January, 2014

Declaration of Results for Stage 1

To be announced soon.

Stage 2:

Mock Up Stage

Stage 2 Begins

7 April, 2015

Stage 2 Ends

1st week of July. Date to be confirmed soon.

Stage 2 Evaluation

1st week of July. Date to be confirmed soon.

Stage 3:

Prototype Development

Prototype Development Begins

Revised dates to be announced soon.

Prototype Testing Begins

Revised dates to be announced soon.

Business Interaction Event

Revised dates to be announced soon.

Prize and Support Provided by BEEP Project

The total prize money for the competition is INR 9.5 lakhs. In addition, the project team will provide a fixed sum of INR 11 Lakhs in the form of support for developing the mock-up model and for prototype development.

The winning team in each category will be awarded INR 2.0 lakh prize money. The runner-ups will be awarded INR 1.5 lakh, and the second runner-up INR 1.25 lakh in each category. In addition, fixed sum of money will be provided to the selected entries of Stage 1for mock-up development. INR 40,000 will be provided to each entry in the Residential category and INR 60,000 in the Commercial Category. 

Prototype Development Support: The three winners of each category will be provided financial support to develop their prototype. In the Residential category, INR 80,000 will be made available and in the Commercial category, INR 1.2 lakh will be provided. 

The prize money will be disbursed after the results of the Stage 2: Mock-up stage is announced.

Design Evaluation 

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1. Design Stage:

The design evaluation will be done in two stages: Initial pre-screening and detailed technical evaluation. The initial pre-screening will be done by the Jury based upon Overall Design, aesthetics, and Operating Mechanism. The evaluation will be done on the following criteria:

Category 1: Residential

1. Operating mechanism
2. Overall design and aesthetics
3. Controllability of shading for managing Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) while minimizing SHGC

Category 2: Commercial

1. Operating mechanism
2. Overall design and aesthetics
3. Controllability of shading for optimising trade-off between SHGC and Visual Light Transmission (VLT)

Evaluation Methodology followed would be:

1) Operating Mechanism: The operating mechanism will be rated for a). Operability principle of the mechanism and b).  Potential mechanical sturdiness

2) Overall design and aesthetics: This will be subjectively graded by the jury members and their individual scores will be averaged for the final ratings on design and aesthetics. 

Software used for Evaluation of SHGC and VLT

The participants are not expected to simulate their designs on these softwares to verify the design guidelines. Simple calculations on paper can be done and uploaded. If simulations are done, the results can be uploaded. However, that will not be factored in deciding the winning entries of Stage 1.

SHGC: Thermal performance of the system will be evaluated using Comfen Version 4.1 beta or the latest stable release (free software from Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory In special cases where Comfen cannot simulate the design and where ventilation between layers is a significant feature of the system, then WIS Version 3.01 SP2 ( In the exceptional cases where these two software may not be able to simulate the design with appropriate physical modelling, then analytical methods or CFD will be used. Minimum performance criterion for participating designs is that maximum value for SHGC should be 0.2, i.e. designs which will have SHGC higher than 0.2 will be disqualified.

VLT (only for Category 2: Commercial): Visual Light Transmission of the designs will be evaluated using ReluxSuite 2014 (free software from Relux Informatik AG ). In the exceptional cases where these two software may not be able to simulate the design with appropriate physical modelling, then analytical methods will be used. Minimum performance expected from participating designs is that at SHGC value of 0.2, the VLT should be more than 45%.

For evaluation in the design stage, the focus will be on design and innovation. The Jury will rank each design in both categories and 5 entries from each category will be selected for the Mock-up evaluation stage.

2. Mock-up Stage:

The five winning entries in each category will be required to prepare a mock-up of their design for a window of size 1m x 1m. BEEP will provide a fixed amount of money to all teams (details can be found in the Prize Section) will be provided to help the teams prepare this mock-up. 

The mock-up is not a prototype and is intended to demonstrate that the conceived design actually works when mounted on a real window. The mock-up need not be made using actual materials. However, the materials used should be able to demonstrate the capabilities of the prototype. Automation mentioned in the design can be demonstrated manually at this stage. The teams will be required to demonstrate their mock-ups to the Jury for the final evaluation of the winners. The winners of the competition will be decided based on the evaluation of the mock-ups. The evaluation in this stage will be more detailed and the designs evaluated based on the technical as well as aesthetic factors as described below:

Technical Criteria:

1.   Actual SHGC: Precise re-calculation of the SHGC will be done using actual mock-up calculations using tools mentioned in preceding design evaluation section.
2.   Actual VLT (only for commercial category): Precise re-calculation of the VLT will be done using actual mock up calculations using tools mentioned in preceding design evaluation section.
3.   Actuation Mechanism and mechanical systems: The teams will be required to demonstrate and explain their actuation mechanism and the details of the mechanical system to the Jury for evaluation. 
4.   Automation (Only for the Commercial Category): The level of automation built into the system. Aspects like intuitiveness, simplicity of design, and comprehensiveness will be evaluated.
5.   Resistance to wind: Precise calculations will not be done. Instead, it will be evaluated subjectively by the Product Design and Mechanical Design expert members of the jury.
6.   Resistance to dust: This cannot be calculated but will be evaluated and rated by the product design and mechanical design expert members of the jury.
7.   Bill of material: The team will be required to present a bill of material of the standard 1m x 1m prototype for the submitted design. The cost of manufactured item will be estimated by the manufacturing expert member of the jury.

 Aesthetics and Non-tangible aspects Criteria:

1.   Overall Aesthetics and design
2.   Simplicity of operations and controls
3.   Ease of Integration and retrofit
4.   Ease of maintenance
5.   Robustness and  durability
6.   Use of sustainable materials