Celebrate Green Building week from 23rd Sept to 29th Sept with Econaur!

Buildings and construction are responsible for 39% of global energy-related carbon emissions. World Green Building Week, taking place from September 23 to 29, this year aims to raise awareness of the carbon emissions from all stages of a building’s lifecycle. ECONAUR is Celebrating the Green Building week and the campaigns for the week with a specific day wise themes.

Heating, powering, and cooling buildings (in-use) contributes 28% to global energy-related carbon emissions, while 11% of these emissions refer to carbon released during the construction process and material manufacturing (embodied emissions). Themed #BuildingLife this year, World Green Building Week is seeking to explore how to create a green, healthy, and climate-resilient built environment for all.

To date, the building and construction industry’s focus has been on operational emissions and how buildings actually perform in-use.

However, in order to fully decarbonize by 2050 to keep global warming to below 1.5 degrees, the building and construction sector must also tackle embodied emissions from the entire building lifecycle, according to the World Green Building Council (World GBC), Econaur being India’s First Integrated Platform for Green Building Solutions working to promote the Sustainable Solutions for making a Green Building and also showcasing the New technology available.

Themes for the week:

Every Day we have a Theme depicted to our Envrionment and Buildings where we will be Highlighting some stories, Case studies of some projects Offers and Discounts for Sustainable Products and also some exciting offers in which any one can participate. Below you can find themes for the week :

  • September 23 – Energy Efficiency
  • September 24 – Water Efficiency & Quiz
  • September 25 – Building Envelope
  • September 26 – Waste Management & Practices
  • September 27 – Soil & Resources & Social Campaign
  • September 28 – Renewable Energy
  • September 29 – New Sustainable Technology & Launch of New Product

Do Visit and share your projects, stories or any new technology related to buildings and start the writing here – https://econaur.com/sign-up/. Do visit Econaur for other updates related to Sustainable Buildings.

Steps taken by Government of India in Promoting Energy Efficient Buildings

Energy Efficiency in Buildings

With the current rate of urbanization and the subsequent increase in energy demand, energy efficiency in buildings has a significant role to play in contributing to energy security in developing countries. Energy consumption patterns can be substantially reduced by energy conserving measures, particularly during the phase of building design. Space heating load can be reduced by about 50%, when economically-viable insulating measures are applied to the building envelopes, i.e. to ceiling and walls. In conventional Indian buildings, energy consumption is 200 kWh per sq. meter. This energy consumption can be reduced to 120 kWh per sq. meter by applications of energy efficient building techniques. Energy efficiency measures for buildings are approaches through which the energy consumption of a building can be reduced while maintaining or improving the level of comfort in the building. They can typically be categorized into:

  • Reducing heating demand;
  • Reducing cooling demand;
  • Reducing the energy requirements for ventilation;
  • Reducing energy use for lighting;
  • Reducing energy used for heating water;
  • Reducing electricity consumption of office equipment and appliances;

Climate and the need to heat or cool a building plays a major role in the design of the external envelope – transparent elements like windows and sunspaces, walls, roofs and floors of a building. By improving the building envelope, passive solar strategies can be developed to improve comfort and reduce energy demands [2]. Mechanical ventilation and air conditioning tend to be electrically-driven and operational throughout the building’s occupied life, which makes them both expensive to operate and, depending on the combined efficiency of national power generation plant, a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions. Removing them from the building design and replacing them with passive designs will have a significant impact over the life of the building. For instance, it is estimated that air-conditioned office buildings consume approximately 250 kWh/m2 per annum, while naturally ventilated office buildings consume 120 kWh/m2 per annum. Similarly, with day lighting reducing the need for artificial lighting, the life-cycle impact will be substantial.

In passive solar building design, windows, walls, and floors are made to collect, store, and distribute solar energy in the form of heat in the winter and reject solar heat in the summer. This is called passive solar design or climatic design because, unlike active solar heating systems, it does not involve the use of mechanical and electrical devices. The key to designing a passive solar building is to best take advantage of the local climate. The elements to be considered include window placement and glazing type, thermal insulation, thermal mass, and shading. Passive solar design techniques can be applied most easily to new buildings, but existing buildings can also be retrofitted.

Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC)

Building energy codes for new buildings are an important regulatory measure for ushering energy efficiency in the building sector. They are particularly relevant for countries like India where the building stock is rising rapidly. India has begun the gradual introduction of energy efficiency solutions in the building sector. In 2001, the Indian Government introduced the Energy Conservation Act (Bureau of Energy Efficiency, 2011). As an outcome of this act, a first generation building code, the Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC), came into effect in 2007. Currently, ECBC applies to buildings that have a connected load greater than 100 kW or contract demand greater than 120 kVA (Bureau of Energy Efficiency, 2011). In practice, ECBC requirements are generally only applied to buildings with air-conditioned floor areas of over 1000m2. In principle, the ECBC also applies to large residential complexes, when their connected load or contract demand exceeds the thresholds. The Energy Conservation Act, 2001 empowers the Government of India to prescribe ECBC in India. Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) an autonomous body under Ministry of Power, with support from United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under its Energy Conservation and Commercialization Project (ECO- II Project) launched the first version of ECBC for its implementation in commercial and office buildings on a voluntary basis. As the first stand-alone National Building Energy Efficiency code of India, it sets minimum energy performance requirements of Commercial Buildings and their components. ECBC has been developed by extensive data collection and analysis of different building types, materials, services and usage patterns. Different climatic zones in which building would be constructed were also taken into account. Base case simulation models were then developed for buildings using this background data in these climatic zones. The code is applicable to five major areas of energy consumption in buildings which are:

  • Building Envelope
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
  • Service Water Heating
  • Lighting
  • Electric Power and Motors.

The successful implementation of the code requires development of compliance procedures (compliance forms and development of field-test compliance forms and procedures), in addition to building capacity of architects/designers/builders/contractors and government official in States and Urban and Local Bodies (ULBs). It is also dependent on availability of materials and equipment that meet or exceed performance specifications specified in ECBC. The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) with the support of USAID ECO- III Project is promoting ECBC awareness and voluntary adoption through training and capacity building programmes, pilot demonstration projects, and identifying steps for compliance check and monitoring of ECBC. ECBC User Guide was developed to support ECBC implementation by providing detailed guidance to the users on how to comply with the Code. Four ECBC tip sheets on Energy Simulation, Building Envelope, Lighting Design and HVAC are also available and provide useful information on Code compliance at the system level and through Whole Building Performance approach that require knowledge of energy simulation to model the proposed building.

The ECBC provides design norms for:

  • Building envelope, including thermal performance requirements for walls, roofs, and windows
  • Lighting system, including daylighting, and lamps and luminaire performance requirements
  • HVAC system, including energy performance of chillers and air distribution systems
  • Electrical system
  • Water heating and pumping systems, including requirements for solar hot-water systems.

The benefits involved for ECBC Compliant Buildings are:

  • Reduce energy consumption
  • Reduce CO2 emissions
  • Lower costs through energy savings
  • Accelerate deployment of energy-efficient technologies.
  • Use of energy efficient equipment.
  • Awareness and importance of Energy Conservation.
  • Better use of Natural Resources

ECBC-Residential

It is of vital importance for India to develop energy-efficiency strategies focused on the residential sector to limit the current trend of unsustainable escalating energy demand. The production of residential building stock in urban areas is shifting quickly toward multi-storey residential buildings from the earlier mode of building individual homes. It is expected that, with the economics of land and the need for cities to be geographically compact, multi-story residential buildings will be the dominant form of meeting the demand for housing in urban areas. This will be the trend for housing for people across the socio-economic spectrum, from low-income to the middle and high-income categories. The initiation of the Energy Conservation Building Code for Residential Buildings (Part I: Building Envelope Design), addresses this category of residential buildings. The Ministry of Power has announced the ECO Niwas Samhita 2018, which is the Energy Conservation Building Code for residential buildings (ECBC-R). The implementation of this code is expected to boost energy efficiency in the residential sector, its occupants, and the larger environment by promoting energy efficiency in the design and construction of homes, apartments, and townships. Implementation of this code is expected to save 125 billion units of electricity by 2030.

The Part-I (Building Envelope Design) of the ECBC has been launched which prescribes minimum standards for building envelope designs with the purpose of designing energy efficient residential buildings. Its early and immediate introduction is to improve the construction and design of new residential building stock, as it is being built currently and in the near future, to significantly curtail the anticipated energy demand for comfort cooling in times to come. This critical investment in envelope construction and design made today will reap benefits of reduced GHG emissions for the lifetime of the buildings. The code is expected to assist large number of architects and builders who are involved in design and construction of new residential complexes in different parts of the country. Implementation of this code will have potential for energy savings to the tune of 125 billion units of electricity per year by 2030, which is equivalent to about 100 million ton of Co2 emission [4].

The ECBC-R aims at limiting heat gains/loss from building envelope and for ensuring adequate natural ventilation and day lighting. To limit the heat gain/loss from the building envelope, the code specifies:

  • Maximum value of Residential Envelope Transmittance Value (RETV) for building envelope (except roof) applicable for four climate zones, viz. Composite Climate, Hot-Dry Climate, Warm-humid Climate and Temperate Climate.
  • Maximum value of thermal transmittance of building envelope (except roof) for Cold Climate zone (Uenvelope,cold).
  • Maximum value of thermal transmittance of roof (Uroof) for all climate zones

To ensure adequate natural ventilation, the code specifies.

  • Minimum Openable window-to-floor area ratio (WFRop)
  • To ensure adequate day-lighting, the code specifies.
  • Minimum Visible Light Transmittance (VLT) for the non-opaque building envelope components
  • The code is applicable to all residential use building projects built on plot area = 250 m2. The type of building projects includes, but not limited to:
  • Group housing projects: Building unit or units constructed or to be constructed with one or more floors having more than two dwelling units having common service facilities where land is shared and commonly used by the dwelling units, and the construction is undertaken by one agency.
  • Mixed Land Use Building projects: With buildings partly used for non-residential uses and partly for residential use.
  • Multi-dwelling unit building on residential plots

Conclusion

Buildings are responsible for an enormous amount of global energy use, resource consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Architectural design based on environmental preservation is the only option for maintaining quality of life and preventing lasting environmental damage. Pollution reduction, waste minimisation and energy conservation can be furthered through environmentally friendly architectural design and construction. There is vast potential of energy saving possible through implementation of ECBC. An urgent need to implement ECBC is required as lots of buildings in the country are yet to come and incorporating ECBC design strategies at planning stage is economical than applying it on old buildings. During the development of ECBC, analysis conducted through energy simulation indicated that ECBC-compliant buildings may use 40 to 60% less energy than similar buildings being designed and constructed at that time. The ECBC 2017 prescribes the energy performance standards for new buildings to be constructed in India. It prescribes standards for current as well as future advancements in building technology to further reduce building energy consumption and promote low-carbon growth by setting parameters for builders, designers, and architects to integrate renewable energy sources in building design with the inclusion of passive design strategies.

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How a Brick is Sustainable & What are the New alternatives available — Econaur

A recent question posed by our user — is a brick building more sustainable? While this may seem a simple enough question, the answers are really not as straight forward. It is true, the first thing that occurs in the minds of most people is that brick is natural and therefore must be more earth-friendly.
The foremost criteria for evaluating the sustainability of a wall or building envelope material is thermal insulation. This is measured by the unit R-value — which is a measure of how well a two-dimensional barrier, such as a layer of insulation, a window or a complete wall or ceiling, resists the conductive flow of heat. According to Inspectapedia, basic brick walls have an insulation value, or R-value, of 0.2 per square inch. Conventional 8-inch concrete block walls have an R-value of 0.08 per square inch. In general, the greater the R-value, the greater the resistance, and so better is the thermal insulating properties of the barrier. Therefore, this far, the brick is faring as a better performer.
However, adding a layer of insulation or an air gap greatly changes the performance of brick and concrete. It is common in today’s marketplace to have aerated concrete blocks or insulated concrete blocks that are readily available. Insulated concrete blocks can increase their R-value to about 1.2 per square inch, and aerated blocks can have R-values as high as 3.9.
Bricks, on the other hand, suffer since very few values adds are made to them to have new products which are easily sourced in our material markets. It boils down to know-how and masonry techniques. Using techniques such as the architects favorite ‘rat-trap bond’ can improve thermal insulation. So, what are these ‘bonds’ and what specifically is a rat trap bond?

A brick bond is the pattern in which bricks are laid. It applies to both brick walls and to concrete block and other types of masonry construction. There are many different types of brick bonds and each has its own look, installation challenges, and structural considerations. A ‘rat trap bond’ is a method of wall construction, in which bricks are placed in a vertical position instead of conventional horizontal position there by creating a cavity (hollow space) within the wall. Architect Laurie Baker introduced it in Kerala in the 1970s and used it extensively for its lower construction cost, reduced material requirement and better thermal efficiency than conventional masonry wall, without compromising strength of the wall.
However, no performance data exists on the R-value of a rat trap bond brick wall — this is an assembly not a product and therefore becomes a bit trickier to ascertain. But despite the lack of data, one can make the following assumptions with some surety — an aerated concrete block wall is a better performer than a standard brick bond wall and a rat trap bond brick wall is better than any type of concrete wall!

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So, the next time you are choosing to build, start with the fundamentals — brick may not always be the most sustainable, it has to have a right bond to give a great performance.
BRICK, A SUSTAINABLE PRODUCT
Brick is a natural, quality, user and maintenance-friendly product, that is durable during all phases of its life cycle. In the construction phase from the use of raw materials, production process to packaging. During the operational phase through comfort, maintenance, flexibility, and safety. During demolition through reuse and recycling of bricks.
Thermal comfort
The porous structure of bricks offers a huge advantage: the ability to accumulate heat. In winter, during sunny days, bricks can store heat from the sun and radiate the energy back when necessary. During the summer they can buffer the heat and thus avoid overheating of the building.
Maintenance-free
Bricks require no maintenance. After a while, external brickwork even obtains a certain luster. It adds charm to a residence. Because no maintenance is required, the impact of the building on the environment is much smaller.
Mechanical resistance
Bricks are very stable. Temperature changes do not cause them to expand or shrink. Because of this mechanical resistance, bricks are well suited for buildings of ten or more stories.
Fire resistance
Brick is a non-flammable and non-combustible material. It reduces the chances of fire. When exposed to fire no toxic gases are emitted. Often, after a fire, a brick facade is structurally still sound and can be incorporated in the renovated building.
Adaptable and flexible
Brick buildings are very flexible. During the construction process and the building’s lifetime, the layout of the building can be customized.

RECYCLING AND REUSE
The decision to demolish a building is usually not because of the state of the external bricks, even if it is a hundred years old. Often the old structure no longer meets the current requirements and the decision is made to reconstruct the building. After demolition, bricks can be recovered and recycled or reused.
Reuse
After removing the remains of mortar, bricks remain reusable for restoration or for new homes and projects. Recovered bricks give a building an exceptional appearance and character.

Recycling
Because of their mineral structure, bricks from demolition sites can be used after recycling as:
* Filling and stabilizing material for infrastructure works.
* Aggregates for poured and precast concrete and mortar.
* Aggregates for calcium silicate bricks.
* Red “crushed brick” as gravel on tennis courts.
* Plant substrates.
Because bricks only consist of natural raw materials, they have no harmful side effects when they come into contact with ground or surface water.

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Monday Flashback #26 — Bombay House, Mumbai — Econaur

In this week’s Monday Flashback we feature the Flashback Sustainable Story of Bombay House, Bombay House is a historic privately owned building in Fort, Mumbai, India that serves as the head office of the Tata Group.

Situated near Flora Fountain, it was completed in 1924 and has been the Tata Group’s headquarters ever since. The building is a four-story colonial structure built with Malad stone and was designed by Scottish architect George Wittet, who designed over 40 buildings for the group and later became the head of Tata Engineering Company Limited, now Tata Motors.

The building houses the office of chairman and all top directors of Tata Sons, the holding company. Core companies of the group-Tata Motors, Tata Steel, Tata Chemicals, Tata Power, Tata Industries, Tata airlines, and Trent-operate out of the Bombay House.

Bombay House — located on Homi Modi Street ((after the noted industrialist and banker associated with the Tatas) in Fort — was built on the two plots of land bought by Sir Dorabji Tata, the group’s second Chairman and Jamsetji Tata’s elder son, from the Bombay Municipality in 1920. The building was designed by the well-known architect, George Wittet, who was also the architect of the Gateway of India, the Prince of Wales Museum (now called Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya) and other iconic buildings of Mumbai.

The overhaul of the Bombay House office was led by architect and urban conservationist Brinda Somaya, of Somaya and Kalappa Consultants. In March 2014, it became the first heritage structure in the country to get a gold rating as a green, environmentally friendly building, awarded by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), the Indian chapter of the US Green Building Council.1/4

The staircase at Bombay House, Mumbai

Inside the Renovated and Hi-Tech Bombay House

The ground floor of Bombay House has been converted into a shared space housing an in-house coffee lounge, informal breakout places, and the Tata Experience Centre (TXC). TXC, a digital museum, is aimed at giving visitors an immersive experience into the world of Tata using digital technologies for effective storytelling. In a first for Bombay House, a kennel has been created for the canine friends who have been an integral part of the building for decades. The four floors of the building house offices of major Tata organizations. The historic boardroom on the fourth floor has been restored to its original beauty with only technology being a new addition.

The new technology set up in the building has been designed to create digital workplaces with seamless integration. Each floor has digital meeting rooms with immersive technology to enable seamless collaboration. A custom-made app has been developed to bring together all the technology controls through an intuitive and simple interface. The four-story Bombay House is owned by The Associated Building Company, part of the Tata Group.

Bombay House is the only heritage building in the country to receive ‘Platinum Rating’ by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), under their Existing Building rating system, Bombay House has received this rating for continuously implementing measurable strategies and solutions in five categories: site & facility management, water efficiency, energy efficiency, health & comfort, and innovation.

The project was implemented with the support of occupants of the building, The Associated Building Company Limited (ABCL), a Tata group company, responsible for the building, and Eco first Services, the sustainability arm of Tata Consulting Engineers Limited, which works in the area of building retro-commissioning and facilitation.

Water Conservation Technique – Products that Reduce Water Use In Buildings

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Water is an indispensable resource but pressures on freshwater resources across the world are growing rapidly due to population growth, increased industrial activities, urbanization, and of course changing lifestyles. India like the other countries is severely in-immune to these water pressures, in fact, it wouldn’t be wrong to the say – Water pressures in our country is being felt much more rapidly than expected.

Bengaluru for example made to the news of turning the next Cape Town, to face the threat of running out of potable water by 2020. Developing parts of Bengaluru is now facing severe water pressure and receive less water per person. In fact, most of the new and upcoming apartments depend largely on tanker water for drinking and other use.

Water pressures and the dangers lack of adequate water of appropriate quality poses for people, industry, and ecosystems, have been time and again highlighted in several reports. However, the main aim behind highlighting the issues remain same – Water conservation is the need of the hour.

Water Conservation Techniques – 10 Products That Help!

Today much innovation has gone into creating and developing products which improve water efficiency in buildings.  With adoption of water conservation techniques being the strain of this blog, here are 10 innovative products which can help reduce water use in buildings.

1. Greywater Recycling Systems

The water used in most building structures is thought of in terms of clear clean water coming in, and sewage or black water going out. However, greywater is something that is in between that. In the domestic setting, greywater systems collect water from sources like baths, hand basins, and showers. This collected water is reused for washing machines, toilet flushing, and other external usages. The main idea behind greywater recovery is simply getting the most out of the water through its efficient reuse.

2. Rainwater Harvesting

Rainwater harvesting systems can vary from the basic small ones, like the attachment of a water butt to a rainwater down-pipe, to the complexly designed large ones like those which collect rainwater from large areas and serve momentous numbers of properties. When it comes to domestic purposes, these systems are relevant to both commercial and domestic properties. When collected, rainwater can be used for garden irrigation, toilet flushing, and even in washing machines.

3. Efficient Irrigation Technology

Beautiful lawns and gardens demand a significant amount of water for its maintenance. In addition to indoor fixtures, efficient outdoor irrigation technologies like smart irrigation controllers can help to save a lot of water. These controllers can effectively track factors like precipitation or temperature and avoid over-watering the properties landscaping or plantations. In addition to smart irrigation controllers, one can save even more by trading out spray sprinklers for drip irrigation. These sprinkles can deliver water to your plants directly as these can be buried under the lawn.

4. Water Meters

Water metering is a common term used by people when the discussion is around water conservation techniques. Water metering in simple terms is the process of measuring the water use in each residential apartment. Water meters are installed in each home of an apartment and these meters record the amount of water being used in a home for billing purpose or tracking consumption.

5. Pressure Reducing Valves

High water pressures waste a lot of water. Installing water pressure reducing valves turn out to be one great solution. These valves are can be used in residential, commercial, and institutional applications to lessen the incoming water pressure to a lower predetermined level. In this way, it protects the downstream plumbing system components as well as reduces the water consumption.

6. Insulated Pipes

Insulating all piping and storage tanks are important for any domestic hot water system today. Sadly, in most of the buildings, hot water return pipes are uninsulated or not insulated correctly. As a result, when hot water is needed, the user needs to wait at faucets or showers for the hot water to flow. This can result in significant wastage of water. When pipes are properly insulated it ensures hot water is immediately available and when the tap is closed it supplied back to the plant, consequently reducing the energy demand of the heating unit. With insulated pipes, the user is less likely to waste by waiting for it with the taps open.

7. Efficient Taps

Water-efficient taps work in two ways, they can either reduce the water flow rate through the tap or they can support the user to avoid wastage of water by automatically turning it off. These days sensor taps can be seen in almost every shopping mall or airports, these automatically sense the user’s activity based on which is supplies or turns off the water flow using infrared sensors.

8. Water-Saving Showers

Personal bathing accounts for a lot of water use within homes, hotels and other residential settings. Did you know, an average bath uses around 80 liters of water whereas a 5-minute shower at 10 liters per minute will use only 50 liters of water? Water-saving showerheads control the water flow rate and spray pattern of your shower. These are available in a good range of different shapes and sizes and their design can directly affect water consumption during bath.

9. Efficient Toilets

In 1995, The National Energy Policy Act mandated that all new toilets had to be low flow toilets using no more than 1.6 gallons per flush which were less than half the water used by toilets in the 1980s. Initial results were dissatisfactory but then came the pressure-assisted flushing. The principle of water-efficient toilet design and operation was the shift from removing waste by using flush water volume to increasing flush water velocity. With the limited supply and continuous waste of water resource, it is crucial that we wake up and use it wisely so that we can protect and preserve our environment, minimize the effects of drought and save energy and finally the water bills. Upgrading to low flow toilets can play a crucial role in reducing water footprint.

Water is a necessity; it is the fuel for life on earth. But, even when its supply may seem abundant, it’s not an infinite resource – Remember fresh potable water is scarce and that’s key to our very survival.

If we don’t acknowledge this fact and take it into consideration in designing and constructing; this vital supply of water can be in danger. We, as engineers, developers, and owners, play a crucial role in looking beyond our building budgets and codes to achieve higher levels of water efficiency. No doubt, new and innovative technologies which consume less water have become increasingly important. It’s our realization and common sense that can save our planet and ensure our future generations can enjoy the benefits of abundant freshwater.

Start using these water conservation techniques today! It’s over to the decision that we make now!

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Lighting Sensors | The ultimate way for Energy Saving

Whenever we talk about energy saving we always talk about changing our daily habits, and go for energy efficient appliances. But in this modern era of technology where we have more than just bulbs and lights, then why only stick to the old traditional ways. It’s time that we should expand our vision and look for some other alternative which can give us more efficient output.

Lighting Sensors

The ultimate solution for using light only when needed is – Lighting sensors. Lighting sensors help you everyday by detecting and reacting to different levels of light in appliances, switches and machines. 

The light sensor is a passive device that convert this “light energy” whether visible or in the infra-red parts of the spectrum into an electrical signal output. Light sensors are more commonly known as “Photoelectric Devices” or “Photo Sensors” because the convert light energy (photons) into electricity (electrons).

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Motion Sensitive Light Switches

One such product which has caught our attention and gained a lot of popularity over the past few years is motion sensor light switches. Motion sensor light switches turns on when they sense someone in the room and are switched off after a certain amount of inactivity. Motion sensors reduce electricity consumption by eliminating the possibility that the lights will accidentally be left on.

You see them more and more in corporate and public spaces, because they are convenient for employees and shut off after continued inactivity, significantly reducing energy expenses.

In order to detect the presence of a human being inside a room properly, the motion sensor can take advantage of several types of technologies – 

Pyroelectric Sensor – It measures the infrared radiation, and since everything emits a certain level of IR radiation, it is quite easy to detect major fluctuations emitted when a person passes by. The disadvantage is that the sensor will detect only significant movements and only in direct line of sight.

Ultrasonic Technology Sensor – This sensor uses the ultrasonic technology in order to detect smaller changes into the environment so the light doesn’t turn off when you’re reading a book or typing on the computer keyboard. To accomplish it, the sensor sends a small pulse into the room, which returns and allows the device to detect any changes. The disadvantage is that it can be prone to false detection and it draws more power.

Motion sensor light switches reduces energy consumption by 35-45 percent, and can go up to as high as 75 percent. 

Conclusion – 

Changing the light switches is a minor project, but one that can be incredibly convenient – not having to worry about turning off the lights when you are gone, especially in places that are frequently used, eliminates a common habit that many wish they could get a hold of.

Be the part of #GONATURAL Campaign to promote Natural Care Products by Econaur !

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As we have come to know about the hazardous effects of using the chemical products, we have initiated a Go Natural Challenge wherein we are promoting people to take the challenge and send us their organic product ideas, image, video as well as projects and case studies.

We have impacted the nature to a great extent for our own greed. We are endangering not only the environment but ourselves & our loved ones too by using the Chemical Cleaners or Chemical Construction Materials. To ensure the safety of environment and our loved ones we need to switch to the usage of Organic Products.

To stop this take the Go Natural challenge and pledge to stop the usage of Chemical Products and adopting the natural organic ways of cleaning and saving the environment and believe in green.

Chemical cleaners are unhealthy for cleaning personnel to use. EKAM ECO is working to provide Natural Sanitation Solutions called CARE Organic Cleaners, CARE Organic cleaners solutions make sure that the sanitation staff stays healthy and also help in keeping the Environment fresh and chemical free.

So be the part of this Campaign and Support the Cause initiated by Econaur & Ekam Eco !

#GONATURAL CHALLENGE PARTICIPATION RULES:

The following are the categories to submit your projects:

1. PROJECTS
To be a part of this challenge, Share any of your story/project that has the usage of Natural Products. Your project should be unique and is promoting the go natural idea. There can be both existing and new projects that depicts and promote the Chemical free Environment and usage of Natural Care products.

2. IMAGES
To take a part you can submit any image depicting and impacting the chemical free environment and spreading the awareness of the same.
You can either send us your images or tag us on Social Media Platforms @Econaur and #GONATURALCHALLENGE

3. BLOGS/ARTICLES-
In this category unique blog or article showing the impacts and throwing some light on the organic cleaning products or organic ways of construction and their uses and why people need to stop using the chemical products and start believing in a healthy environment will be appreciated.
You can either send us your blogs/articles or tag us on Social Media Platforms @Econaur and #GONATURALCHALLENGE.

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In this category you can submit your unique idea/ project idea where in we can make the cleaning chemical free. The project and the idea will be displayed on our website.

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Energy-Conscious | Use of Eco-Friendly Glasses in a Building

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It’s nothing new to say that, we are on the verge of wiping out our most the resources. And the most scaring one is the Energy. Inappropriate use of resources has led us to a situation where we are not only short of resources but we have created harm to the environment is a massive way. Global warming, ozone layer depletion, shortage of water electricity and much more are merely a result of human’s need and greed.

One of the industry where the most efficient use of resources can be done but due to the lack of awareness, wide wastage of resources are done – ‘Construction.’ While constructing a home or a building most the people are unaware of the fact which materials to use which are not budget-friendly but also eco-friendly and most importantly will be durable for longer period of time.

Today we are gonna talk about one such material which will not only save energy but have several other benefits too.

Eco-friendly glasses

It would be not wrong to say that almost every building utilizes glass in one or another way, still it is one of the most overlooked building construction material. There are many who remain unaware that using right type of glass can make a major difference in the energy consumption of home.

Not only one use an ‘eco-friendly’ glass while constructing their house but it is also feasible to change the glass of an existing house/apartment from regular to one that is more ‘Eco-friendly.’

With the raising awareness about use of sustainable material increasing day by day, property developers and real estate companies are also doing their bit in improving the environment for a better future. This has led to the boost of green buildings.

One of the most vital materials within the construction of a green building is glass whose specialized energy efficient and eco-friendly varieties like solar control and tinted glass are used.

Green Buildings

The development of green buildings is a step towards that direction. Green buildings are buildings which use less water, optimize energy efficiency, conserve natural resources, generate less waste and provide healthier spaces for occupants, as compared to a conventional building.

They are also beneficial for the environment as most buildings use recycled and environmental friendly building materials and provide effective building management systems.

Econaur is one such platform which promotes the use of eco-friendly products and sustainable development. Econaur’s main focus is to promote the construction of more and more green buildings in the country. Also to aware people of the advantages and clear the myths about the green buildings.

Use of Glass in Architecture of Green Buildings

To achieve all of this, developers use glass as a major component during the construction. Glass is known to be an excellent green material. Glass, as a transparent material, allows sunlight into the building reducing the need for artificial lighting – which contributes to around 25 per cent of energy consumed in buildings today.

Types of glasses like solar control glasses and low-e glass can reflect heat or UV rays to maintain optimal temperature inside the building. Glass in buildings also allows daylight to make the interiors airier and more open.

From design, appearance, thermal performance and comfort, to simple aesthetics, selecting the right glass is inevitably important for constructing a green building.

Glasses such as AIS Ecosense, a low-E high performance energy efficient glass helps a green building achieve great balance between all the parameters, and blocks a high amount of solar radiation by reflecting away the infrared part of sunlight.

This helps building remain invariably cool in summers and cuts down on the energy bills and air conditioning usage. And in the winters, they ensure solar gain. So no matter what the season is, people can stay comfortable inside all the times.

Glass and Energy Saving

When used properly, glasses can reduce the total energy consumption by anywhere between 8-10 percent. Hence, the accrued benefits of using glasses keep growing over the years.

Furthermore, it is not just the recurring savings but also the reduction in capex because of the lower energy loads required for conditioning the building that further augments the versatile nature of these glasses.

Typically, the heat gained or lost through glazing in a normal building is anywhere between 40-50 percent and using the right type of glass can bring down the energy consumption by 30-40 percent. The incremental cost for high performance glazing can be recovered in a time span of 3-4 years.

Are these eco-friendly glasses expensive?

Once considered an expensive commodity, glass today is cost efficient. It is true that, to begin with, achieving Green Buildings meant shelling out something extra. This was the majorly due to limited supply of access to technology and products that help achieve such efficiency.

However, today we have product manufacturers, cutting across product lines, which have been able to develop green friendly products in India thereby making it affordable and price-competitive.

The products efficiency and pricing have come to a level where it is practically possible to recover the incremental cost within the first few months of completion and occupancy.

Impact on Environment

The biggest advantage that makes glass a major component in green buildings is the fact that it is recyclable and also does not have a huge impact on the environment itself. Glass can play a role in accomplishing greater indoor environmental quality and when used carefully, can also improve energy efficiency.

Along with tangible benefits, glass can also provide enhanced air quality, excellent daylighting and general health & well-being of the occupants. Through a global point of view, conservation of scarce national resources is also a huge advantage while its widespread acceptance and enhanced marketability for the project makes it a viable option for the industry too.

Conclusion

Little things only makes the big differences. And as little as making changes to what kind of glass you are using in your home/building can make a huge difference for both you and the environment. I think it is the perfect time now that we should start thinking for nature and also for our future generations. Making changes today only can ensure a safer future tomorrow.

 

Replace your old Chemical Cleaners with Organic Solutions

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Organic Sanitation Solutions | Chemical Free House CleaningHygiene and Cleaning are one of the most important aspects of a human’s life. It is a well-known fact that hygiene and health always go hand in hand like bread and butter. Being social-beings it is our responsibility to maintain a high level of cleanliness. Failure to uphold some level of cleanliness can cause serious health problems for both for you and your loved ones.But in today’s kind of lifestyle where everyone is in a hush and rush, most of us don’t care much what we are eating or what products we are using. And as a result, we have some serious health or skin related issues. We wonder then, we have been taking care of our health but how did this happen. And we cannot find the real issue behind the problem we face.Harms of Using Chemical Cleaning Solutions Have you ever wondered how did we really go on to buy Chemical Cleaning Solutions? Every day we keep hearing that chemical products are harmful, we should opt out of using chemical products, but still, then we go on using them.The real reason for such a problem is the lack of research and the easy availability of chemical products. We go to any shopping mall to take all our monthly groceries and in a hurry, we choose such cleaning products or hygiene products which in future harms us only.I will tell you now, what possible health hazard these chemical products pose. Some of these chemical products can cause acute or immediate problems like respiratory irritation, watery eyes, skin problems, chemical burns and not only this some of them can give you chronic diseases like cancer.And to your surprise, the most dangerous chemical products are drain cleaners, acidic toilet bowl cleaners, and oven cleaners.What should be done to stay Healthy?So the first thing to do is start using the Eco-Friendly Cleaning products which not only gives an amazing cleaning and odor but also take care of your health. Well, now you must be thinking, that there are not much products available that are eco-friendly. Now, my friend, you are completely wrong.
Econaur is one such platform which promotes the use of eco-friendly products and sustainable development. Econaur is proud to say that it has joined hands with one of the prestigious brand Ekam Eco who are working from several years to provide Organic Solution Products which are not only good for health but are also very good in cleaning.
They are made up of natural enzymes which do not affect your health in any way and also gives you deep cleaning. Then let it be stain problem, or any drainage issue, EkamEco has got all kinds of Organic Solution Products which will help you to get rid of the situation.Benefits of Using Organic Solutions
  • Organic Products protects your circulatory system.
  • They do not have any harsh effect on your skin, lungs or eyes.
  • Use of Organic Solution Practices benefits the earth and environment.
  • It eliminates the indoor Pollution.
  • It reduces the overall cost.
  • They are perfect for you if any of your family members suffer from allergies.
  • And most importantly they are not tested on animals. So you not only keep yourself safe but also saving many animals from such scientific experiments.
Submit Your Inquiry For Natural Cleaning Products Click Here.ConclusionHence, it’s quite understood now that what a threatening impact these chemical products can have on our health. It doesn’t only makes us sick but can weaken us in such a manner from which it may be impossible to recover.And on the other hand, using Organic products are both safe for you, your loved ones and your pets. Not only this, it does your required cleaning tasks with ease but also takes care of our mother earth.So now the choice is yours? Either you still keep yourself unsafe or switch immediately to live a healthy life.Here you can check our featured product of the week .[zohoForms src=https://forms.zohopublic.com/econaurcom/form/ProductQueryForm/formperma/HtpK_JcfaDytSUHhsSuxBE0LMk3NKssB8dxp8nR1_ZI width=100% height=1000px/]

Sand Free Plaster – Eliminates the use of sand in Construction

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Perlcon Sandfree Plaster Sustainability is the new taboo subject of modern time’s construction. Every day we talk about making our environment eco-friendly, using sustainable resources and much lot. But do you really think we are making any effort to do so.Even if not by taking much bigger steps, we can change a small habit or our previous ways to support our environment.One such step is using sustainable construction materials. And here today we are gonna talk about one such amazing eco-friendly sustainable product.Why switch to Perlcon Sand Free Plaster – Demand for construction sand has caused rapid depletion of riverbeds and raised many environmental concerns. Aggressive and controlled sand mining has resulted in erratic supply and also fluctuation in prices and also inconsistency in quality.So what there is an alternative?Perlcon Sand Free Plaster – Perlcon Sand Free plaster is one such product, which replaces the use of sand in cement. It is a unique cement based formulation developed specifically to overcome sand related problems. Some of the problems which are faced by using sand are availability, quality, labor and time. By the use of sand free plaster various benefits are ensured like consistent quality, fewer operational cycles and quick construction.Not only this, it also saves time and manpower. And one of the most important quality of this cement is it is self-curing which makes it resolve the problem of water for curing.Also it is a premix materials which is supplied in bags. So just add water and apply, as simple as that.Benefits –
  • Crack Free
  • Self-Curing
  • Saves Water
  • Lasts Long
  • Efflorescence Free
  • Dust Free and Clean
  • Light Weight
  • Saves Time and Cost
Technical Specifications – Dry density: 1600 kg/cum (+/- 5 %)Initial setting time: 90 – 120 minsFinal setting time: 200 – 260 minsPot life: 3 hrsCoating thickness: 10 – 18 mmCoverage*: 170 kg/100 sq.ft. (10 mm thick plaster)Shelf life**: 6 monthsIdeal for use at 27oC – 30oCSubmit Your Inquiry For Sand Free Plaster Click Here.How to Apply – Fill a clean pot with potable water measuring 18% (+/- 5%) the weight of Sandfree Plaster (1 kg Sandfree Plaster : 0.18 litres water).Now pour Sandfree Plaster into the pot. Mix and knead slowly to form a homogeneous paste. Let the mixture stand for 10 minutes. Mix the green mortar again without adding more water.Evenly apply a coat of Sandfree Plaster with a mason’s trowel or with aluminum level patty.Apply aluminum level patty from bottom to top direction followed by left to right & right to left direction without leaving stroke marks to level the plaster.After initial setting apply aluminium scrapping patty to achieve true level and create a rough texture for subsequent coat.Over smaller area and in corners, apply grilled float to open out plaster surface. Remove loose particles.After 45 min apply steel/float/muster, if necessary with little sprinkling of water to achieve perfectly leveled plaster surface.Smooth, leveled, Sandfree Plaster wall is now ready. No curing is required.Conclusion – So I feel it’s time for us to think about the environment and also about the future coming generations. Don’t extinct resources yourself completely that our future generation don’t even know what the thing looked like.So take a first step towards the sustainable development, and start using Perlcon Sandfree Plaster for further construction.[zohoForms src=https://forms.zohopublic.com/econaurcom/form/ProductQueryForm/formperma/HtpK_JcfaDytSUHhsSuxBE0LMk3NKssB8dxp8nR1_ZI width=100% height=1000px/]

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