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Organic farmer in Vidarbha turns mud into durable houses
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Thermal Comfort
Temperature inside your home is critical in determining your comfort levels. Explore factors that heat and cool your home
Soaring temperatures have made us AC addicts. With global sales growing by 18.5 per cent every year, running ACs is costing us the earth
How rising incomes are lowering room temperatures at the cost of energy, health and comfort
Roofs that reflect sunlight save electricity
Many architects use imported, expensive and environmentally inappropriate material
Air conditioning and energy efficiency
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Light
Nothing quite matches up to the might of sunlight when it comes to healthy lighting. Explore how to make best out of the free light from the sky and healthy ways to light up the night
Citing energy efficiency and durability, industry has put LED lights on a pedestal. But is it really time to bid adieu to CFL and the humble tubelight?
A hospital for cardiac patients in Ahmedabad is sunlit to cheer up patients. It saves energy, too
Model building design that helps save energy and money by exploiting the sun’s movement
General principles of architecture are imaginatively applied to create a green building in Gurgaon
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Building Materials
Skin, bones and flesh of your house, explore healthier options to keep you and your home fit and dashing
Using earth to develop modern, sustainable buildings
The bar on polluting brick kilns opens up opportunities for cleaner technologies
Use of glass in construction has become a fad. But it is not the right choice for Indian climate
Building materials are much more energy-intensive than perceived. India lags in taking steps to reduce their use
Flaws in cement’s structure make it almost flawless
Building materials have ecological footprints
Military bunkers inspire a school architecture founded on waste
Organic farmer in Vidarbha turns mud into durable houses
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Ventilation
In a sultry summer afternoon nothing feels better than a gust of cool breeze. Explore how to invite the heavenly breeze to your home and help it breathe
Natural ventilation is a good way to perk up life
Tour of a house that thrives on air circulation, saves energy cost
Kolkata-based architect Laurent Fournier tells how ceilings can float and why bamboo-reed-mud make more sense than brick-concrete-steel
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Water and Energy
Blood and nerve of a household, explore ways to optimize water and energy consumption of your house and immune yourself from perennial shortages and outrages
How a township has set high standard for eco-friendly living
Building materials are much more energy-intensive than perceived. India lags in taking steps to reduce their use
RBI bags certificates for its energy efficient buildings
Rate water fixtures for efficiency to cut wastage
Green buildings are adroit in water and waste management
Kolkata boasts of India's first solar housing complex
Waterless urinal not a clear winner
Wanted: technologies to make urinals waterless, stink-free
A decade has passed since the Energy Conservation Act was enacted in 2001. Most provisions of the law are yet to be implemented properly.
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Safety and Design
Prevention is better than the cure even for your home. Know how to avert digesters in future by taking simple measures now
Benny Kuriakose began his architecture career in 1984. He was one of the privileged few who worked under the tutelage of Laurie Baker which involved both learning and unlearning.
The rot has set in the construction sector. A dysfunctional clearance system has led to a series of building collapses in the recent past.
Durganand Balsavar’s designs incorporate community demands even at the cost of violating architectural principles
Ravindra Bhan is one of the country’s pioneer landscape architects.
Most hospitals in India fail the fire safety test, yet they take no corrective step
The plan to rehabilitate the victims of the devastating earthquake that shook Latur last year ignores the needs of the villagers and introduces alien construction techniques
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They are outdated but not out-witted. Every place evolved unique and beautiful ways of maneuvering climate and making buildings comfortable. Local wisdom for local needs
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    Waste plastic bottles filled full with flyash or waste residue, as walls. Even empty glass bottles are used to create west façade diffusing light within for better day lighting.

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    Nearly 48 million tonnes of waste is produced daily in the urban centers of India. Ahmedabad alone produce 3600 metric tonnes daily. Unfortunately nothing really gets processed of the same. This waste is simply dumped openly in the landfill sites, which uses enormous volumes of fossil fuel, creating an altered, polluted, unsafe and unhealthy landscape. Thankfully India has a well-established tradition of waste recycling which is clearly demonstrated in daily practices and lifestyle. Activity Centre at Rama Pir Tekra (slum area), Wadaj, Ahmedabad is an attempt to give a formal twist to our informal genius. Architectural Design: Yatin Pandya Photographs courtesy Yatin Pandya

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    Activity Centre is intensely used for educational, social and cultural gathering by the slum residents. Built on shoe string budget of Rs. 31 lakhs is located on a 1100 sq mt site with 515 sq mt built-up area.

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    Crèche for slum dwelling kids was completed in 2009. Recycled waste from construction site has been applied for flooring, ceiling and fenestrations such as stone cutting blade and bicycle scrap in the crèche building.

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    Recycled building components pallet: Fly ash brick, plastic bottle wall, crate partition, oil tin container paneling, rag reinforced FRP etc

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    Pet-bottles and their colourful caps are used as filling for ceiling in filler slab render ceiling interactive for child in a sleeping posture. This also reduces and optimizes concrete requirement of slabs.

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    Digital waste along with clay pots are also used as filling for ceiling in filler slab render ceiling interactive for child in a sleeping posture.

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    Wooden slats obtained from used vegetable crates as partition walls between the classrooms

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    Interactive door with movable parts and sound chimes out of metal scrap and retired cycles.

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    Shading is the easiest way to keep one’s home cool in scorching heat of summer. Traditionally buildings from arid and semi-arid regions have been shelf shading themselves by using projected floors and balconies, chhajjas and eves to reduce the heat grain from harsh sun.

    Building: Houses from walled city of Ahemdabad Climatic
    Zone: Hot-Dry
    Photographer: Avikal Somvanshi

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    Having smaller windows to shut out the summer sun never translated into dingy interiors for our forefathers. Innovative use of mirrors on walls and ceilings to reflect the limited lights from the small windows enhanced natural lighting inside the building without getting the heat from the sun.

    Building: King’s Palace Jaisalmer
    Climatic Zone: Hot-Dry
    Photographer: Avikal Somvanshi

    Sea Turtle
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    Jali (perforated screen) was more than decoration in our traditional forts and havelis. They lit the interiors by cutting down the direct sun allowing only diffused cool light inside. They also worked as air-conditioners by reducing dust and amount of (hot) air and increasing the speed of air flowing inside the building due to ‘venturi effect’.

    Building: King’s Palace Jaisalmer
    Climatic Zone: Hot-Dry
    Photographer: Avikal Somvanshi

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    White roof reflect the sun and reduce the heat gain by the building, keeping the building cooler in summer. Also called cool roof technology.

    Building: cityscape Jodhpur
    Climatic Zone: Hot-Dry
    Photographer: Avikal Somvanshi

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    Having smaller windows to shut out the summer sun never translated into dingy interiors for our forefathers. Innovative use of mirrors on walls and ceilings to reflect the limited lights from the small windows enhanced natural lighting inside the building without getting the heat from the sun.

    Building: Hut in Ludiya village Kutch
    Climatic Zone: Hot-Dry
    Photographer: Avikal Somvanshi

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    In regions with high humidity air movement is critical to maintaining thermal comfort in the interiors. Tradition wisdom taught to build porous building envelope without allowing hot sun to penetrate inside. Low mud walls with elevated thatch roof were the solution which evolved in Tamil Nadu. Furthermore, thatch/grass has amazing waterproofing and heat insulation. Massive mud walls delayed the heat transfer too.

    Building: Typical weavers Hut, Tamil Nadu
    Climatic Zone: Warm-Humid
    Photographer: Avikal Somvanshi

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    Skylight is a key feature to bring natural light in the interiors of the buildings. They can also be doubled up as vent for hot air from the inside of the building, helping to ventilate the house via “stack effect”. The problem of direct sun heat entering the house was traditionally solved by shading the skylights.

    Building: Typical Kerala Hindu House
    Climatic Zone: Warm-Humid
    Photographer: Avikal Somvanshi

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    North India or South India too much sun coming inside the house via windows posed a problem. More spaced out jalis which allowed more air flow were adopted in south.

    Building: Typical Kerala Hindu House
    Climatic Zone: Warm-Humid
    Photographer: Avikal Somvanshi

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The outrage over the suspension of an official, Durga Shakti Nagpal, for simply doing her job—check illegal sand mining in the rivers of Uttar Pradesh—has highlighted a crucial issue.
Posted by Sunita Narain
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It’s time to think up novel ways to manage waste
Posted by Mahazareen Dastur
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Green buildings can happen only when we adopt a holistic approach that brings fashion, food and the building industry in sync
Posted by Gaurav Shorey
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Green is a phenomenon and not a formula. It is a concept more than a configuration
Posted by Yatin Pandya
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Agencies sanctioning construction projects in Delhi are at loggerheads
Posted by A G Krishna Menon
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Small initiatives to save energy can go a long way in curbing emissions
Posted by Chandrashekar Hariharan
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No check on performance of green-rated buildings; developers pocket government incentives
Green architecture needs norms and regulations
griha, a rating system for green buildings developed by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), has been formalized as the first national rating system
EU's seven-year-old plan of rating homes green makes little progress
The building's green credentials have been recognised internationally, most notably by the us Green Business Council (USGBC)

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Kudos to great Indian traditional architecture that was already sustainable much earlier to the new learning adopted by west.

8 July 2013
Posted by
Rakesh Bhat

Ancient architecture is eco-friendly and energy saving.
Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore(AP),India

15 July 2013
Posted by
Dr.A.Jagadeesh

Teaching Sustainable and Green Building design and concepts is crucial for our next generation of Architects and Engineers.

28 October 2013
Posted by
Ankita Shukla

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