On September 21, 2017, CAAD- Chennai Academy of Architecture and Design hosted their 27th Lecture titled “Creating Opportunities for Green Careers” by Mr. Karthik Narayan (Director, EN3 Sustainability Solutions) at their campus in Thumbakkam. Mr. Karthik Narayan, a LEED Accredited Professional, briefed the students about sustainable designing concepts like passive sustainable design, active design, wellness in buildings, life cycle analysis of buildings and LEED rating criteria. He also introduced the LEED Green Associate examination, its importance and the courses offered by EN3 Sustainability Solutions to prepare for the certification. The lecture was presided over by CAAD Director Prof. Vinodh Vijayakumar.
On July 7, 2017, CAAD- Chennai Academy of Architecture and Design a standalone college of architecture located in Thumbakkam, Chennai hosted the Silver Jubilee Lecture titled “Architecture and Society” by Architect. Pramod Balakrishnan, at their campus in Thumbakkam. The architect addressed the students about the connections between humans, built environment and nature.
His presentation deliberated on the best practices used and various concerns on site like rainwater harvesting, solar paneling, use of salvaged materials, efficient irrigation patterns, types of trees, percolation of water, etc. were discussed in particular. He discussed the various green concepts that were employed that resulted in the building being awarded the greenest factory in the country under industrial design.