This valentine gift your mate a refreshing air | DRI’s : Active Dehumidification Wheels

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How much do you really care about your loved one? Are you really concerned about their health and well-being? Do you tend to keep your loved one’s disease free? So this Valentine bring a change to your life.

Install new DRI Active Dehumidication Wheels in your home to breathe refreshed and clean air.  It is a green building solution based product which keeps your home and environment safe.

Air Flow – Fresh Air Products

Why you should buy it?

DRI Active Dehumidification Wheels are especially well-suited for removing moisture from air at a low temperature and low-humidity level.

Dehumidification systems remove moisture from the air by using a desiccant; a material which easily attracts and holds water vapour.

Unlike exhaust fans, which does not absorb the moisture produced rather it tries to throw it away out of the building. You may know that, whenever you are doing workout in gym or cooking in kitchen, you feel more humidity in air than the normal which results in more sweating than usual. The reason is the lack of any absorbent.

Dehumidifier wheels can be installed in supermarkets, clean rooms, gyms, office buildings, industrial sites, hospitals, retail facilities, and other dehumidification applications where corrosion protection, condensation control are needed.

Applications –

  • The rotors are maintenance free.

  • Motors can simply be cleaned by blowing air or even washed with water.

  • The rotors neither burns nor supports combustion.

  • Integral long life bearings.

DRI’s “Green” products help optimize energy performance of the air conditioning systems. This results in a considerable reduction of installed tonnage, reduction in utility bills for the product’s entire life cycle, enhanced IAQ and productivity and reduced health risks.

Conclusion –

This is a product of the modern world which will definitely take care of the air quality you breathe. Also it is a sustainable product which makes it environment-friendly.  This green building solution based product makes your air fresher than ever.

So this Valentine you should definitely switch from the old exhaust and go for DRI Active Dehumidification Wheels.

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Instabuild Foamblock – A Sustainable Stone Replacement 3D Product !

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Instabuild Foamblock – A new companion for your house

In present times making your own house is like once in a lifetime moment. Some people spend their entire life earning but still unable to make their own house. So if you are looking to make a new home, you want it be perfect for you, because you never know you get the chance again or not.

While building a new house you want it to be beautiful, modern, fully furnished and most of all gives you a good comfy vibe. Today we are going to talk about one such product which makes your house more beautiful than ever and also saves you money and time for the construction of your new home.

InstaBuild Foamblock –

Whenever we see any old built house the first thing which always comes into our mind is that, may the walls be more decorated or the ceiling may be more classy.

Now with the latest innovation in the décor, with the help of InstaBuild Foamblock you can have that classy look with ease.

InstaBuild Foamblock gives your place a smart, unique and eye catchy look in real quick time. It is a first product of its kind. It is ideal in any environment – Shops and Commercial Spaces, Offices, Schools and Nurseries, Homes, Lobbies and Reception, Stair Wells and much more. It is extremely easy to apply – like stickering a surface.

It’s quick and easy application completely changes your interior walls and ceilings, giving then an amazing 3D texture. 3D is not just only visually, but you can physically touch it and feel those unique design and finishes that lift your walls!  It not only gives your wall a beautiful look but also it has high life span i.e. it perform to the high standards, over a substantial period of time. Its soft design provides excellent shock absorption quality.

Unique Features and Advantage –

  • Budget-Friendly
  • Noise Reduction & Insulation
  • Reprocess able
  • Water Resistant
  • Unique 3D look and design
  • Easy, Quick Application
  • Multiple Designs, Colors and Textures
  • Opportunity to use creatively
  • Impact Resistant
  • Easy to clean & Maintain
  • Easy to transport
  • Convenient Packing

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Conclusion –

To make your home look unique and give your walls a new creative 3D design and this product is a must have. In the long term, it serves you as a great investment.

One of the most important thing about this block is, it is sustainable i.e. it is environment friendly. As it uses the latest technology construction techniques, the block is water and impact resistant. Not only has this but it also provided noise reduction and insulation which is definitely an aid to the nature. Most Importantly it reduces the usage of

So this is a highly recommended product for your house which not only make your house look good but also is sustainable & eco-friendly.

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There is Rapid rise in Green Airports in India Now !

With the Growing Infrastructure and raising awareness about green buildings, there is a rise in Green Airports in the recent years.

Recently, PM Modi lays foundation stone for Trichy airport integrated terminal building

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday laid the foundation stone for the new integrated passenger terminal building at the international airport in Trichy , through video-conferencing from Tirupur . The new building will have incorporating local themes. The first phase of the project also includes the construction of aerobridges, car parking, and new residential quarters of AAI and CISF staff.

The new airport terminal project manager P Srikrishna said along with new integrated terminal building, construction of new technical block cum control tower would also be taken up at an estimation of Rs 75 crore. All the work would come under the first phase of this project”, he said.

The terminal building would be constructed as per the standards of ‘GRIHA’ (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment) four star rated sustainable design which maximises the use of natural light within the building and incorporates renewable energy measures, such as rainwater harvesting, ground source heat pumps and photovoltaic panels.

No objection certificate for height clearance has been already obtained for 42.5 meter, as this building would be the highest one at the airport. As the existing apron is accommodating only seven planes, two additional bays will be constructed at a cost of Rs 10 crore to meet the demand. The new terminal building would come up at an estimated cost of Rs 951 crore near the existing terminal building. The project is expected to be completed on October 18, 2021.

 

The Airport Authority of India (AAI) has already sanctioned Rs 951 crore for the construction of the 61,634-square-meter integrated terminal building, along with a new apron and Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower. Out of the total outlay of Rs 951 crore, Rs 564 crore has been allotted to construct an integrated terminal building. The new two-level modular integrated passenger terminal building would be fully air-conditioned to handle 3.63 million passengers a year on full capacity and 2,900 passenger during peak hours with provision for expansion.

Conclusion

To make the terminal building eco-friendly, it follows the concept of green building with innovative technology. Making a sustainable building is always profitable in the long run to both the environment and in this case to the nation. Also, this is a great way to promote and declare that more green buildings should be constructed in our country. So, overall it is a commendable step taken and also its foundation stone is laid by one of the most powerful leader of our country PM Narendra Modi, so as a citizen it is the proud moment for all of us. The new airport will follow the Low energy Consumption & water consumption equipment all over its Premises.

 

 

Perlcons BlockBond – An Revolutionary Product that replaces the use of Sand in Construction

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Blockbond – The Newest Aid In Construction

Construction – a term with which everyone is aware of. Thousands of new buildings are getting constructed every day. But with everything around us moving so fast, don’t you feel our construction ways and materials used are still quite old for the new world.

For the construction of normal buildings, the basic materials which are required are cement, dry sand, concrete, bricks and blocks and much more.

But what if there is a way which doesn’t require sand for construction.

Blockbond –

Nowadays, AAC/CLC blocks are used for construction as they are lightweight, evenly finished provides better insulation. Also, they are much stronger & use less water than the CC/Blocks which were previously used.

However, such great properties of these new blocks are nullified when they are mixed with the old method of preparing mortar i.e. mixing dry sand and cement. Due to their mismatching properties, thicker joints are formed and huge possibility of cracks in walls also arises.

What if there is a way to maximize the use of AAC/CLC blocks.

Use Perlcon Blockbond, light weight mortar, which is not only lightweight but also provides high strength and low probability of cracks.

It is a sand free plaster which is a premixed material supplied in bags. It can be applied directly by just mixing it with water.

Benefits of using Blockbond –

  • As it is sand free, it reduces the dead load on the building.
  • It is anti-fungus
  • Saves time and cost
  • Lasts long
  • It is self-curing reduces water consumption by minimizing ill-effects of hard water.
  • Crack free
  • Dust free and clean
  • Lightweight
  • Efflorescence free
  • Smart construction which reduces manpower

As per the survey “constructing a 12-floor building with this material would save 1,100 metric tonnes of sand, 6,000 kilolitres of water, 7,500 kilowatt of electricity and 15,000 kilowatt by way of energy conservation due to insulation in plasters, besides huge savings in time and labour costs”.

Technical Specifications –

Dry density: 1150 kg/cum (+/- 5 %)

Initial setting time: 90 – 120 mins

Final setting time: 200 – 260 mins

Pot life: 3 hrs

Coating thickness: 10 – 18 mm

Coverage*: 125 kg/100 sq.ft. (10 mm thick plaster)

Shelf life**: 6 months

Ideal for use at 27oC – 30oC

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How to apply –

Fill a clean pot with potable water measuring 18% (+/- 5%) the weight of Sand free Plaster (1 kg Sand free Plaster: 0.18 litres water).

Now pour Sand free 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 Sand free Plaster with a mason’s trowel or with the aluminium level patty.

Apply aluminium level patty from bottom to top direction followed by a left to right & right to left direction without leaving stroke marks to level the plaster.

After initial setting applies aluminium scrapping patty to achieve the true level and create a rough texture for a subsequent coat.

Over smaller area and in corners, apply a grilled float to open out plaster surface. Remove loose particles.

After 45 min apply steel/float/muster, if necessary with a little sprinkling of water to achieve a perfectly levelled plaster surface.

Smooth, levelled, Sand free Plaster wall is now ready. No curing is required.

Conclusion –

So undoubtedly, this is the new way of constructing your new home which is not only cost-efficient but also environment-friendly. Hence, it is a high recommendation to go for it and enjoy a better home.

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Monday Flashback 22 – Panch Mahal, fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh

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The Panch Mahal meaning `wind catcher tower’ was commissioned by Mughal Emperor Akbar This structure stands close to the Zenana quarters (Harem) which supports the supposition that it was used for entertainment and relaxation. This is one of the most important buildings in Fatehpur Sikri. This is an extraordinary structure employing the design elements of a Buddhist Temple; entirely columnar, consisting of four stories of decreasing size arranged asymmetrically on the ground floor, which contains 84 columns. These columns, that originally had jaali (screens) between them, support the whole structure. Once these screens provided purdah (cover) to queens and princess on the top terraces enjoying the cool breeze and watching splendid views of Sikri fortifications and the town nestling at the foot of the ridge.

The pavilion gives a majestic view of the fort that lies on its left. The pool in front of the Panch Mahal is called the Anoop Talab. It would have been filled with water, save for the bridge, and would have been the setting for musical concerts and other entertainment. The ground floor has 84 columns, the first story has 56 columns and the second and third stories have 20 and 12 columns respectively. The topmost story has 4 columns supporting a chhattri. There are 176 columns in all and each is elegantly carved pillars with unique designs.

 

Fatehpur Sikri, known for its architecture and planning, is situated in Northern India close Agra, was worked by Akbar, the third Mughal ruler, in 1571 , as his new capital. The significant piece of the complex was manufactured/built in a limited capacity to focus four to ten years, utilizing neighborhood building aptitudes and materials.

Since the territory is near the western desert area, the atmosphere is hot-dry with generally little precipitation.

 

Planning and  Architecture Features

The Fatehpur Sikri complex stands on an edge and the city is encased by an embattlement on three sides and on the fourth by an immense counterfeit lake which was the primary wellspring of water supply to the city.

The edge is to some degree in the focal point of this walled territory and keeps running from South-West to North-East. All the significant structures of the complex are situated over this edge , using a similarly level territory.

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At the outskirts, where the slants are troublesome, bring down structures are worked as props to empower simple development to finish everything. The lower structures are for the most part benefit offices congenial from the lower streets and interconnected with upper levels by steps.

A detailed water supply framework existed, enacting the direct channels and tanks at the upper patio level. The seven passage doors punctured in the city divider prompt real settlements in the areas of which the Agra entryway is the most vital (since Akbar had effectively fabricated his fortress there).

 

This street lies indistinguishable way from the edge and steadily ascends to give access to the royal residence complex to finish everything. The introduction of the mosque and the royal residence complex is toward Mecca while the other city structures watch the land shape as a noteworthy determinant.

At one time, the town was spread on all sides of the edge and the castle region had a fantastic perspective of the region around. Minor level changes exist between patios which are consulted by steps and are keenly abused for gravitational stream of water.

Composite climate occurs in most of the areas ruled by Mughals in North India which is characterized by dominated hot and dry conditions two third of the year and, a somewhat cold and a warm
humid season occur in the remaining one third of the year. Being sufficiently far from the equator, this region experiences clear seasonal changes in solar radiations and wind directions. The remarkable mean diurnal changes may be observed from 11-12° C in hot dry and cool dry seasons while this range narrows up to 3-6° C in warm humid season. Relative  humidity reaches up to 95% during the wet period. There is little or no rain during dry season. Hot and dusty winds blow during dry season. However monsoon winds are strong and steady (Koenisberger, 2001). Dominated hot and dry season remained a problematic situation in this region throughout the centuries. Even Babur, the first Mughal ruler in India complained about the dusty winds and climate of the region in his memoir ’Tuzik-i-Babri’ (Grover, 2002).

Microclimate Control

The gardens of paradise mentioned in the Holy Quran have been the source of inspiration throughout the Islamic world (Kausar, 2005). Mughals also used this tool not only as a  symbol but to improve the quality of the immediate surrounding environment of their buildings. The environment outside the building is important to control the inside temperature
of the building. The external air is treated by improving microclimate of the region which  consequently enhances the quality of air inside the building. Vegetation was added to improve
the quality of outer spaces and to enhance cooling by evapo-transpiration. The process of evapo-transpiration adds water vapors to the air and brings down the air temperature. The  water bodies (still and moving) were added to the palaces to improve the humidity in hot and dry regions Fountains are the better way to improve the quality of air as it  sprinkles the water drops into the air and make the process of evaporation faster. Mughals also used fountain in their buildings. These water channels and fountains are found frequently  inside the buildings. Nahar-i-Bahisht (canal of paradise) is an example of water channel which passes through internal spaces of the building to modify internal environment. Most of the Mughal buildings are surrounded by a landscaped area to modify the microclimate of the region.

 

GEM Rajasthan Chapter Formation – A New Green Movement started in Rajasthan by ASSOCHAM

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Recently ASSOCHAM India has taken a step ahead and installed The Rajasthan Chapter of it’s Green and Eco-friendly Movement (GEM) Program in Jaipur on 3rd January 2019.

It was an Important step in creating awareness about the Green Building Movement in Rajasthan. Till now GRIHA & IGBC were working in Rajasthan by certifying the Green Buildings, Now GEM also entered in the movement.

The Event Partners were Metal Joints Manufacturing Private Limited, Kehems Technologies Private Limited & Panache Green the Major Players working in Sustainability Development in Rajasthan & North India.

Dr. K. L. Jain, Hon. Secretary General, RCCI Jaipur was the Chief Guest of the Event.
Mr. Pankaj R. Dharkar, National Chairman, ASSOCHAM ASSOCHAM GEM National Council Installed The GEM Rajasthan Chapter.
Ar. Tushar Sogani is the first Chairman of the Rajasthan Chapter and Ar. Nischal Jain, MNIT is the Co-Chairman.
Sh. Jayant Joshi, MD, RS India and Sh. Vinay Joshi are the Advisors of the Chapter.
Mr. Sudhir Mathur is the Secretary of the Chapter, Dr. Ravi Goyal, BSDU and Ar. Abhishek have taken the responsibilities of Education Chair and Program Chair respectively.
Ar. Shweta Choudhary, VGU, Mr. Mayank Sharma, Mr. Ankit Maheshwari, Mr. Ankur Gupta and Mr. Vipul Khandelwal are the Executive Members of the Chapter.
Mr. Neeraj Arora, Sr. Director, ASSOCHAM India will be the Treasurer of the Chapter.

ASSOCHAM has launched the “GEM Sustainability (Green) Certification Program” with the objective to promote environment friendly green building design and construction. GEM Sustainability Certification Rating Program is based upon BEE ECBC 2017 and NBC 2016. Through this initiative, ASSOCHAM do award the Sustainability Certification Rating to Housing, Urban Developments, Residential, Commercial, Hotels, College, Universities, Schools, Factory buildings and related developments.

All existing, new and upcoming buildings can participate in this program. 

GEM Sustainability Certification Rating Program –

GEM Sustainability Certification Rating Program aims to address the sustainability of a given development throughout its lifecycle from design through construction to operation. GEM Sustainability Certification Reference Guide provides design guidance and detailed requirements for rating a project’s potential performance.

Project team can go for a Certification of Intent (Pre-certification / Provisional Certification) rating during pre-design, design or construction stages of the project and Final Certification rating when the building is complete.

 GEM Sustainability Certification Rating levels –

GEM Sustainability Certification Rating is organized into Twenty Eight Principles that are fundamental to a more sustainable development. There are some Essential and Suggested requirements of each Principle. Points are awarded for each Suggested requirement achieved.

There is a 0-130 point scale. Project will achieve GEM 1 to GEM 5 rating levels as per the requirements fulfilled and scores achieved by the project. This depends upon the project design which includes building architectural and elevation design, materials used during construction, HVAC, lighting and plumbing system designs, water and energy consumption of the building.

To achieve a GEM Sustainability Certification Rating, all Essential Principle requirements must be fulfilled along with a minimum number of Principle points. GEM 5 will be the highest achievable rating level in this program.

Key benefits of the certification –

  1. Review of all design documents such as Architectural, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing and Landscape by Sustainability experts for further value addition from green building perspective.
  2. Energy and water efficient building design that will reduce the energy and water consumption of the building.
  3. Design of a building that will utilize maximum daylight, fresh air and provide healthy environment to the building occupants.
  4. Sustainability Certification rating will give additional marketing mileage to the projects over other conventional buildings.

Solar Energy – Important & Main Alternative Source of Energy

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Solar Energy, as named the energy that we get from the Sun. Nuclear-powered fusion occurring in the sun releases enormous amount of energy in the form of heat and light. Several techniques are available for collecting, adapting and using solar energy.METHODS OF HARVESTING SOLAR ENERGYSome of various devices which can be used easily to generate solar energy:
  1. Solar cells or Photovoltaic cells or PV cells: Solar cells consist of a p-type semiconductor (Silicon doped with Boron) and n-type semiconductor (Silicon doped with Phosphorus) in close contact with each other. When solar rays drop on the top p-type semiconductor, the electrons from the valence band move to the conduction band and cross the p-type junction into the n-type semiconductor. A latent difference is created causing an electric current to drift. These cells are widely used in calculators, electronic watches, street lights, water pumps, radio and television etc.
  2. Solar battery: When several solar cells are connected in series, it forms a solar battery. These solar batteries produce enough electricity to run water pumps, street lights, etc. They are generally used in remote areas where electricity supply is a problem.
  3. Solar heat collectors: Solar heat collectors consist of natural materials like stones, bricks, or materials like glass, which absorb heat during the day time and release it slowly in the night. It is generally used in cold places where houses are kept in hot condition using solar heat collectors.
  4. Solar water Heaters:It consists of an insulated box, in which is painted black on the inside. It is provided with a glass lid to collect and store solar heat. The box installed with a copper coil painted in black through which cold water flows in, gets heated in the copper coil and flows into a storage tank. Finally, water from storage tanks is supplied.
  5. Solar energy is currently used to power satellites, watches, calculators, etc.
  6. A few applications of solar energy are: (i) solar water heater
(ii) Solar cooker(iii) Solar dryer and(v) Solar refrigerator.

What Are Active and Passive Solar Systems?

Modern solar energy systems harness the heat produced from the sun to power residential/industrial heating and cooling systems through the use of PV or photovoltaic panels. These are also called solar cells; such devices collect and convert solar energy into electrical energy. But how this energy is captured and distributed defines the real difference between the Active and Passive Solar Systems.1. Active Solar Energy Systems
These systems use external sources of energy to power blowers, pumps and other types of equipment to capture, store, and convert solar energy. After solar energy is captured, it is stored for later used. Dependent on the intricacy of the design, these systems can heat/cool a home or even provide power to an entire building/neighbourhood. Typically, small systems are used to supply electricity for heating/cooling systems in homes and other buildings, and hi-tech large systems can supply power for entire communities.
ProsCons
No need to worry about deriving power from sources other than the sun, this is because it utilizes the power of your external devices. It doesn’t release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.Heating of the PV panels helps keep them clean, even in bad weather conditions.No wind noise is generated from the solar panels.Demands expensive external equipment.High maintenance cost for the equipment.The fluids which most efficiently store heat can pollute the air by releasing toxic chemicals into the air.
The features of this system include:
  • Solar collectors are made up of flat-plate PV panels, that are normally stationary and mounted. In hi-tech designs, these panels are commonly connected with each other to form modules. These solar collectors are more complex than passive systems in both design and mechanism.
  • The solar collectors make use of liquid or air as conductors which store and convert energy. The ones which use liquid are called hydronic collectors, and the ones which contain air are known as air collectors.
  • Liquid conductors are more popular than the ones which are air-based, this is because a liquid is normally more efficient at conducting heat.
The advanced design of these collectors makes an active solar system most cost-effective in terms of dipping reliance on traditional energy sources.2. Passive Solar Energy Systems 
A passive solar system does not rely on external devices for operation. Simply put it doesn’t involve any mechanical devices or the use of conventional energy sources beyond what’s needed to regulate its control. Greenhouses, solariums, and sunrooms are classic examples of basic passive solar structures. Typically, the sun’s rays pass through the glass windows, which absorbs and retains the heat. The design and success of such systems depend totally on its orientation and the thermal mass of the structure’s exterior walls.Investing in a passive solar system is a great idea when you are looking to power a small residence or office building.
ProsCons
No external equipment needed, hence cheaper than active systems.It can bring down your energy expenditures by nearly 14 percent. A better option for health – because it doesn’t rely on radiators or furnaces which cause allergies or dry out your mucous membranes.Its effectiveness depends on the weather.Not suitable for locations having warmer climates, as it can potentially overheat your buildings. Demands a cautious choice in windows for extreme success.
The features of this system include:
  • Typically, passive collectors rely on south-facing windows to capture solar energy.
  • The design of the solar collectors in passive solar energy systems is based on the law of thermodynamics, that posits that heat transfers from warm to cool surfaces.
  • The easiest method of transferring the heat from passive solar collectors is through convection.

Green facade – Much needed Requirement for a Building for Energy Saving

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What is a Green Facade

To “green” building envelopes is currently one of the most promising ways to provide energy savings in buildings and to contribute to the urban heat island effect mitigation. The shadow effect supplied by plants is the most significant parameter for this purpose. One way to characterize the potential shadow effect of greenery is to calculate the facade foliar density by means of the leaf area index (LAI). As LAI is commonly used in horizontal crops, their use in vertical greenery systems (VGS) has generated dispersion and uncertainty in previous studies both in terms of methodologies and results obtained. In addition, a lack of data relating to the influence of the facade orientation in the final contribution of vertical greenery to the energy savings has been observed in previous studies.

This study aims at establishing a common and easy way to measure LAI and to lick it to the energy savings provided by VGS. Moreover, the energy savings achieved as well as the influence of facade orientation on the final thermal behavior of two different VGS, a double-skin green facade and a green wall, was studied.

Climbing plants can assign directly to the surface of a building, or they can be supported on a structure sovereign of the building. The use of climbers that anchor themselves to a structure by twining stems or twining coils enables a green facade to be installed in front of solid walls or some other structure, to create a divider, privacy screen or sunshade. The degree of the mass of the facade coverage can be managed to suit the required function. For example, a facade designed to gloom a building wall would ideally have greater greenery density than a screen installed near a window that is designed to allow at least some degree of views to the environment beyond the facade.

Green facades are often installed because they provide an eye-catching look to a building wall, or they may be used to block out a view, or to afford shade for a building. Green facades can create a cooler microclimate instantly end-to-end to a building, primarily through direct shielding of the building facade, but also from cooling from plant flora (transpiration of water through the leaves), and evaporative loss of water from the growing standard. All climbing plants will provide some retaining of storm-water, shading of the building, protection of its surface, and capture of airborne particulate matter and unstable gaseous pollutants. These benefits will be greater for classic species that retain foliage cover year-round.

For multi-level facades, mainly at height, wind can create major problems for plant attachment. In these settings, twining climbers are ideal over plants that adhere directly to the building facade as the snaking stems attach strongly around vertical and horizontal funds. Shrubbery may still be stripped under extreme wind conditions, so foliage type and size should be matched to the level of revelation and likely wind meters at the site. In general, the higher the planting on a building, the riskier the growing conditions are likely to be. Other factors of importance in multi-level facade design include urn box design (volume, substrate, drainage), maintenance access and irrigation structure design.

Vertical greening

Present-day architecture is increasingly focusing on vertical greening systems as a means to reestablish the environmental integrity of urban areas, biodiversity and sustainability. Vertical greening is the activity of greening the building covering with all forms of vegetated wall surfaces as with plants either fixed into the ground, in the wall itself or in modular panels attached to the façade. Vertical green can be categorized as façade greening or living wall systems according to the mounting method employed. The plant choice affects the aesthetical and practical aspects of a greened façade and many parameters have to be taken into account when picking plant species for vertical greening systems.  These parameters include the subsidiary system type, microclimatic benefits, maintenance needs, biomass production, climate type, and environmental strictures, façade way and limits within the urban area.

 

Benefits of vertical greening systems

Applying vertical greening systems on both new and existing buildings can offer multiple environmental benefits and a sustainable method in terms of energy saving, nutrients and water management and effective safeguarding of edifices.

 

The ecological and environmental assistance of green roofs include the perfection of air quality, the reduction of pollution, increased biodiversity and reduction of the heat island outcome in urban areas. Plant’s leaves collect and absorb fine dust particles and transform the carbon dioxide made by traffic & heating into carbon hydrates and oxygen. The reduction of the heat island effect in urban areas befalls thanks to the lower amount of heat re-radiated by greened façades and humidity affected by the evapotranspiration caused by plants as compared to artificial surfaces. This process also allows indirectly saving extensive energy supplied to the building as the plants and the growing medium provide insulation and shade which can reduce energy needed for cooling, expressly in the Mediterranean area.

 

Vertical greening systems can mend biodiversity as they create a habitat for microbes and also for smaller animals such as bees, bats, birds, etc. Green façades function in this context as a food source (insects) and as nesting or breeding prospect.

 

In addition the above-mentioned benefits, green roofs and walls also provide economic benefits. Those relate to the real estate market, greater resilience of buildings, and a better psychosomatic state of citizens.

 

The presence of vegetation in urban areas might affect the economic value of buildings, increase property or rental prices due to the improved visual aspects. Both green roofs and vertical greening structures reduce the frequency of maintenance interventions thanks to a shielding action of leaves against negative effects of UV rays, temperature vacillations, acid rain and air pollution on the fundamental surfaces.

 

Still, vegetation and green areas are scarce in modern urban environments, where impervious surfaces i.e. traditional building materials, asphalt roads, etc. may cover more than 75% of the entire area. It’s prudent that most of the cities’ surfaces are green because some of the environmental benefits of greening the building envelope only work if a huge surface in the given area is greened.

Conclusion:

The greening systems’ design needs to take into account many aspects including the integration with the building envelope, a sustainable substantial choice, the environmental impact, and the relationship between the growing medium and the vegetation, the economics related to costs and budding savings due to the possible reduction of energy required for heating and cooling.

ECO Niwas Samhita 2018 – an Energy Conservation Building Code for Residential Buildings launched

With the growing awareness & the requirement of energy conservation practices, Government has taken an important step to further strengthen the Green Building sector.

Ministry of Power has launched the ECO Niwas Samhita 2018,an Energy Conservation Building Code for Residential Buildings (ECBC-R).The Code was launched on the occasion of National Energy ConservationDay 2018 in the presence of Chief Guest Smt. Sumitra Mahajan, Hon’ble Speaker, Lok Sabha and R.K. Singh, Minister of State (IC) for Power and New &Renewable Energy on 14th Dec 2018.

The implementation of this Code is will give a fillip to energy efficiency in residential sector. It aims to benefit the occupants and the environment by promoting energy efficiency in design and construction of homes, apartments and townships. This Code has been prepared after extensive consultations with all stakeholders, consisting of architects & experts including building material suppliers and developers.

 

The parameters listed in the Code have been developed based on large number of parameters using climate and energy related data.Initially, Part-I of the Codehas been launched which prescribes minimum standards for building envelope designs with the purpose of designing energy efficient residential 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.ECBC for commercial buildings was already in place and revised and updated version of ECBC for commercial buildings was launched in June 2017.

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 tonnes of carbon dioxide emission.

 

It is estimated that energy demand in the building sector will rise from around 350 billion units in 2018 to approximately 1000 billion units by year 2030.While launching this ECBC-R, Shri R.K.Singh stated that building sector will have highest growth in energy demand in coming 10-15 years. Government is encouraging all building professionals including architects, builders to generate awareness towards energy conservation while constructing new residential homes.

 

 

Energy Conservation Building Code – A Step to increase Energy Efficient Buildings

Energy Efficiency is word related to the efficient and minimum use of energy so that natural resources can be saved, Ministry of Power initiated and formed BEE (Bureau of Energy Efficiency) in 2002, since then it’s function is to develop programs which will increase the conservation and efficient use of energy in India.

It was formed after the Energy Conservation Act 2001 that was initiated by Govt. of India to promote and tackle the increasing use of Energy Efficiency and promote Energy Conservation.

At first BEE’s Main function was to promote Energy Efficiency and develop awareness about Energy Conservation among the people, initially they come up with giving the standards and ratings to different electronic equipment on the basis of there energy consumption, But later on with the increasing Green Building Movement in India they realised the need for Energy Efficient Buildings in India and create awareness among people about that.

Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) was initiated by Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Ministry of Power in the year 2007 to Promote Energy Efficient Buildings in India. Initially, the Buildings which needed to be made according to ECBC were Buildings having a connected load of 500 KW or more but now the Code is applicable to buildings or building complexes that have :

  1. Connected Load in excess of 100kW
  2. Contract Demand in excess of 120 kVA
  3. Recommended for all buildings with conditioned area >500 m2.

The objective of ECBC is to provide minimum requirements for energy efficient design and design of buildings and their systems. ECBC encourages energy efficient design or retrofit of buildings so that it does not constrain the building function, comfort, health, or the productivity of the occupants. ECBC also mandates that the building has appropriate regard for economic considerations. The code sets clear criteria for builders, designers and architects to integrate renewable energy sources in building design through the inclusion of passive design strategies.

The Buildings where ECBC is applicable are :

  1. Large Commercial Buildings
  2. Office Buildings
  3. Large Amenity Buildings
  4. IT Parks
  5. Government Buildings
  6. Hospitals
  7. Retail Malls
  8. Hotels
  9. Major Residential Buildings

 

The building systems in which ECBC is applicable are:

  1. Envelope of building – Building envelope, including thermal performance requirements for walls, roofs, and windows
  2. Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) – HVAC system, including energy performance of chillers and air distribution systems.
  3. Service hot water and pumping – Water heating and pumping systems, including requirements for solar hot-water systems.
  4. Lighting – Lighting system, including daylighting, and lamps and luminaire performance requirements.
  5. Electrical power – Electrical system

 

This Year Bureau of Energy Efficiency does some amendments in the Energy Conservation Building code and relaunched the code with Energy Conservation Building Code 2017 (ECBC 2017), It was launched by then Minister of Power Mr. Piyush Goyal on 20th June 2017. ECBC 2017 aims to optimise energy savings with the comfort levels for occupants. The code aims to achieve energy neutrality in commercial buildings.

Apart from the current and futuristic advancements in building technology, the new code takes into account market changes, and energy demand scenario of the country. The code has been set in such a way that it will set a benchmark for Indian buildings to be amongst some of the most efficient globally.

To be ECBC-compliant, the new buildings should be able to demonstrate minimum energy savings of 25%. Energy savings of 35% and 50% will enable the buildings to achieve higher grades like ECBC plus or super ECBC status respectively.

The adoption of ECBC 2017 is expected to achieve a 50% reduction in energy use by 2030 which will translate into energy savings of about 300 Billion Units by year 2030. It will result in expenditure savings of Rs 35,000 crore and reduction of 250 million tonnes of CO2.

Apart from the current and futuristic advancements in building technology, the new code takes into account market changes, and energy demand scenario of the country. The code has been set in such a way that it will set a benchmark for Indian buildings to be amongst some of the most efficient globally.

 

So let us Understand what are the benefits Involved for ECBC Compliant Buildings

  1. Reduce energy consumption;
  2. Reduce CO2 emissions;
  3. Lower costs through energy savings;
  4. Accelerate deployment of energy-efficient technologies.
  5. Use of Energy Efficient Equipments.
  6. Awareness and importance of Energy Conservation.
  7. Better use of Natural Resources

 

How ECBC Compliant Buildings of this ECBC Code is Affecting our Economy :

Impact of ECBC Compliance

  1. Market Development for Energy Efficient products.
  2. Building Insulation
  3. High Efficient windows
  4. High efficiency HVAC system
  5. Improved Design Practices
  6. Lighting And Day Lighting
  7. Natural Ventilation/Free Cooling System
  8. Improved Building Performance
  9. Lower HVAC load
  10. Lesser addition of power generation capacity

 

Till now ECBC is notified in following states : Rajasthan, Odhisa, Uttrakhand, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and UT of Puducherry.

Total 10 states has amended ECBC to suit their local and regional climatic condition these are Uttar Pradesh, kerala, Chhattisgarh, Gujrat, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Maharashtra, Punjab & west Bengal and also they have set up the ECBC Cell in their states to assist the project managers regarding ECBC. The other remaining states that are in the process of amendment of ECBC are – Himachal Pradesh, Assam, Tripura, Mizoram, Jharkhand, Goa and Madhya Pradesh.

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