Green Buildings of India
As the world is moving towards a greener planet by harnessing renewable energy, constructing green building, rainwater harvesting, greywater treatment system and recycling and waste management, India stands at par with the world with leading examples. Numerous green buildings are constructed with are increasing number of those that are utilizing multiple options of energy use, water management and reducing carbon gas emission.
This article highlights a few of these building amongst the list of many green buildings in India that are examples for more to come.
CII – Godrej GBC, Hyderabad
CII, also known as Godrej CBC in Hyderabad, is constructed out of recycled material and recycles all the used water without discharging even a single drop. The structure has two AC towers, which reduces the temperature of the incoming air by spraying water thus reducing the load on energy consumption. The roofs are covered with gardens and solar PV, which further reduces the energy consumption.
CRISIL House, Hiranandani Gardens, Mumbai
CRISIL house at Hiranandani Gardens in Mumbai comprises of 14 gardens inside the building and the interiors are constructed with recycled material. The atrium at the center offers light to the insides of the building hence diminishes power utilization.
Suzlon One Earth, Pune
This is the best example of the Green building. Suzlon on Earth at Pune is 100% powered by renewable sources. The 18 hybrid wind turbines fulfill 7% of the total energy consumption, the rest of the energy demand is met from off site wind turbines. The building is all around ventilated and maximum part of the building has access to daylight. The building uses LEDs for the rest of the time. Daylight sensors and occupancy sensors control the power consumption. The building is developed with material that has decreased carbon footprints. Even the basements are equipped with jet fans to circulate fresh air and the campus is designed for water management and contributes towards increased water table level.
IGP Office, Gulbarga
The IGP office complex at Gulbarga perfectly uses the landscapes, recycled building materials, renewable sources of energy and water management. The architecture of this building incorporates an evaporative cooling procedure. This building uses solar energy, which is used for street lighting and water pumping. The building has installed solar powered water pumps for pumping water required for wind towers. Rodent trap type of brick stone work insulates the building against heat from solar radiation. Porch green grass, china mosaic over covered vaults additionally aides reduce the effects of heat radiation.
Indira Paryavaran Bhawan, New Delhi
As the name suggests, Indira Paryavaran Bhawan in New Delhi has an East-West orientation leading to maximum ventilation and maximum use of daylight to minimize use of artificial energy. The largest rooftop solar panels across India leads to generation of power for high peak time and at the same time the energy is saved by beam style ACs. The building is constructed with green materials like fly ash bricks, recycled contents, local building materials, high reflecting roof tiles and rock wool insulation for outer walls, and a mix of bamboo and jute material for door frames. The building is designed keeping in mind it’s disabled visitors and also eliminates water wastage.
Infosys Limited, Mysore building
Infosys Limited at Mysore, with water management techniques, also comprises of an efficient building envelope, which includes insulated walls and roof, and double coated windows that are properly shaded. The work spaces inside the building harvest natural light and almost 100% of the building’s energy consumption is met with green power. Even the building materials is manufactured locally to reduce pollution due to transport.
Patni (i-GATE) Knowledge Center, Noida
The building design at Patni (i-GATE) Knowledge center in Noida utilizes architectural and mechanical/ electrical strategies to minimize energy consumption. The building has been ideally designed to capture sunshine for the vast majority of the possessed insides. A large portion of the area spread is green range and the building does not release any waste, even reusing all its sewage water.
Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai
Along with completely day light system, the building of Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai incorporates green and energy efficient features like high performance glazing, efficient energy systems like COP units, heat recovery wheels and energy efficient lighting, low-flow water fixtures with sensor urinals, grey water treatment system, and green materials and chemicals for better indoor air with the health and hygiene of the occupants in mind.