ndia's First Net Zero plus Energy CampusGuru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University – East Campus New Delhi The Govt. of NCT of Delhi established its first university with the name Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University in 1998. It is a teaching and affiliating university with the explicit objective of facilitating and promoting "studies, research and extension work in emerging areas of higher education. The university has been graded 'A' by NAAC and is committed to providing professional education with greater thrust on creativity, innovation, continuous change and motivating environment for knowledge creation and dissemination through its effective quality management system. In 2000-2001, the university planned to expand its Dwarka East campus infrastructure and therefore organized competition for the same. Many well known names from the architectural and civil engineering fraternity took part into this design competition including Delhi-based Developments consultant who was selected by the jury. Being the leading force in the field of architectural and civil engineering consultancy and project execution, Developments consultant believes not only in using green building materials and solutions in their projects but also emphasizes on using energy efficient and solar products. Bioclimatic Passive Architecture The design consultancy proposed Bioclimatic Passive Architecture in order to minimize the energy needs of the building and to create a more comfortable environment adapted to the lifestyles of the inhabitants. Moreover, special attention is paid to respect the existing landscape and integrate the building within it. Some of the salient features of the project include: Integrated Design Process… Building a green building is not just a matter of assembling a collection of the latest green technologies or materials. Rather, it is a process in which every element of the design is first optimized and then the impact and interrelationship of various different elements and systems within the building and site are re- evaluated, integrated, and optimized as part of a whole building solution. Net Zero Energy Building (NZEB) Building will have to produce surplus energy over the year; will be called energy plus building. Zero energy buildings will reduce significant energy use and green house emission for life of building. NZEB vision in building industry is becoming necessary as they take away 70% of electricity. European Union has issued a NZEB mandate, which says all residential + commercial buildings should be net zero by 2018. State of California has a similar mandate of 2020 for residential and 2030 for commercial buildings. At a glance 18.75 Acre Campus for University School of Architecture / Planning, & School Of Design. • Total plot area - (75900 sqm) • Total built-up area - 79522 sqm At a glance 2 basement + Gr. + 8 Floors • Covered parking in basement - 210 cars Multi level parking block - 240 cars Total covered parking - 450 cars • Campus for 1500 students with hostel facility for both girls / boys. • Centralized A/C auditorium for 650 persons with seminar / exhibition halls. • Indoor sports hall for 300 spectators. • Centralized library / computer center with chilled beam air conditioning system. • Semi covered amphitheater for 500 students. • Sports fields • Total cost of project - Rs. 280cr. • Average cost per sqm - Rs. 35000 Other Sustainable Features India's first Net Zero Energy campus with passive solar building design. The proposed campus has been desiged to achieve GRIHA 5 star rating. High performance building envelop is proposed in architectural design of the campus which includes good thermal resistance walls, roofs and glazing allowing sufficient and indirect sunlight. More than 64% of the regularly occupied/ living area of the proposed campus would achieve required/ sufficient daylight as per GRIHA. Native landscaping is proposed to lower water consumption. Annual potable water consumption of the campus would be minimized by more than 50% by reusing treated waste water and efficient flow plumbing fixtures as compared to conventional. More than 50% of hard paved areas would be shaded by vegetation. The proposed campus would be in compliance with Energy Conservation Building Code Mandatory Guidelines. Air, water pollution & soil erosion preventive measures would be followed in compliance with National Building Code on site during construction to cause minimum disturbance. Campus enjoys cooling by Earth Air Tunnel System. Intensive stepped Terrace Gardens on each floor. Buildings submerged to create comfortable spaces. Sunken courtyards used for natural light/ ventilation. Installed 2000 KW solar power system making a net zero energy campus. More than 70% of hot water demand in residential areas will be through solar water heaters. Proper waste segregation, collection and treatment system would be followed on site to minimize burden on waste dumping stations. EARTH AIR Tunnel SYSTEM would provide thermal comfort to inhabitants and there-by lower the electricity consumption as well. Not only campus designing, construction but running building operation and maintenance accounts would be audited to perform like a green buildi Ramakrishna Mission Students Home in Mylapore has bagged platinum rating for maintaining an eco-friendly campus An aerial view of Ramakrishna Mission Home, which makes the best use of solar energy with the help of solar rooftop panels. (Photo: DC) CHENNAI: With the Central government announcing smart cities mission, there is an increased focus on adopting green initiatives. Chennai is emerging as one of the smarter metros in the country. Currently, Chennai ranks fourth among Indian cities with 313 projects with a built-up area of 311.41 million sq. ft going green. According to data with the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), an arm of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) that provides green certification for buildings in the country, Chennai is already home for 88 certified eco-friendly buildings, of which 21 got platinum grade which is the highest category rating. Of the total 313 registered projects with IGBC for green certification, 116 are green homes, 140 are commercial projects, 19 projects are city railway stations operated by MRTS and the remaining fall under the other rating systems like factories, landscape and existing buildings. In comparison with other big cities, Chennai is next to Mumbai, Pune and Bengaluru that have 656, 358 and 320 registered green projects respectively. Renowned architect C.N. Raghavendran, who is also chairman, IGBC (Chennai), told Deccan Chronicle there has been increased awareness among both builders and buyers about the sustainable or green building concept. “There is substantial increase in number of green projects in the last couple of years across the country and Chennai is surging ahead. The drastic change here is Chennai has always fared well when it comes to commercial green projects, but now the green homes concept is fast catching-up with all top builders making it a habit to go green. Also, with the state government announcing compulsory solar power plants atop all high-rise buildings, the number of green buildings would shoot-up in the near future.” In fact, Chennai has some stand out performers. Ramakrishna Mission Students’ Home at Mylapore got platinum rating two months ago and is the fourth school in the country to get the ‘green’ recognition. Swami Satyajnanananda, secretary of the institution, which is 100 years old and provides free schooling for around 700 students, said Ramakrishna mission was adopting green initiatives for al most a decade now. “At the campus, we have a recycling plant, solar photo-voltaic plant that generates 600 units of power daily, solar thermal plant that taps natural sun light to convert water into steam which is used to cook food for students, biogas plant that produces methane gas and a one lakh litre underground sump with RO treatment facility to tap rainwater for drinking needs. IGBC gives score while rating the building and we secured 83 marks out of 100”. Chennai also has the country’s first platinum rated green home ‘Vishwa Syamalam’ at Madipakkam. Kavin of En3 sustainability solutions, which is a green building consultant, said his firm alone was handling 300 green projects currently in India and close to 100 are from Chennai. “Even though the buyer may have to initially shell out five per cent extra to purchase a green home he/she will be making 25% saving on operating costs every month in terms of electricity and water charges. It’s a good bet and consumers are realising it.” However, Jaideep Vivekanand of Green Evolution said the commercial and top construction firms whose project area size exceeds 20,000 sq.ft are naturally going for green certification because it helps them get environment clearance from Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF), but the challenge is to make small builders adopt the concept. Some of the green buildings in Chennai are ITC Grand Chola Hotel, TCS Techno Park, Mahindra Technical Academy, L&T Ship Building Ltd, Hotel Leela, Shell Business Service Centre and Turbo Energy Limited, all with platinum certification. Platinum is followed by gold, silver and certified ratings.