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Green, energy efficient buildings are the need of the hour, say experts during Green Tour

India Blooms News Service | 12 Nov 2014, 06:24 am
New Delhi, Nov 11 (IBNS): The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and ADaRSH (Association for Development and Research of Sustainable Habitats) on Tuesday organized a Green Tour of the Indira Paryavaran Bhawan, India’s first net zero energy building, which has been constructed through the adoption of solar passive design and energy efficient building material.

The building has got GRIHA 5-Star (provisional) rating for the following features like the design is such that 75 per cent of natural daylight is utilised to reduce energy consumption, the entire building has an access friendly design for differently-abled persons and with an installed capacity of 930 KW peak power, the building has the largest rooftop solar system among multi-storied buildings in India.

"The building is fully compliant with requirements of the Energy Conservation Building Code of India (ECBC). Total energy savings of about 40 per cent has been achieved through the adoption of Energy Efficient Chilled Beam System of Air Conditioning. This is an innovative air conditioning system, where air conditioning is done by convection currents, rather than air flow through air handling units, and chilled water is circulated right up to the diffuser points unlike the conventional systems,"  said an official statement.

Speaking about the energy efficiency of the building, Mili Majumdar, Director, Sustainable Habitat Division, TERI, said: “The Indira Paryavaran Bhavan is one of the first buildings in India  to have deployed energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies at a large scale. It is one of the exemplary projects to be rated under GRIHA and has set standards that can be emulated by upcoming buildings in the region. ”

The building is an earthquake resistant structure, with a total plinth area of 31,488 sq m.

The building covers only 30 per cent of the total area, while more than 50 per cent area, outside the building, is a soft area with plantation and grassing.

The building has a robotic parking system in the basement that can accommodate about 330 cars. 

Green, energy efficient buildings are the need of the hour, say experts during Green Tour

India Blooms News Service
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