Green Buildings might have been a relatively new term for all of us but most of our ancient buildings were based on concept of sustainability. The old buildings used to have architecture which was based on places where the Buildings were located. The dry and hot regions used to have buildings where corridors were used to direct the wind to cool off. Continue reading “Green Buildings – Higher Cost?”
Occupancy or Proximity sensors are automatic scheduling devices that detect motion and turn lights on and off accordingly. We all are aware that lighting constitutes about 15% of the total energy requirement of any typical commercial building. There are many energy efficient ways through which lighting can be controlled to get the desired energy savings. People want lights for different purposes.
LEED AP or for that matter IGBC AP are generally dependent upon the Energy Simulations professionals who have been trained on various energy simulations model like eQUEST and EnergyPlus. Energy simulations is an expertise which gets perfected with lots of practice on models.
Environment awareness has been growing amongst common people nowadays. We are becoming aware of how much electricity we consume per day. We have started looking for energy efficient homes, cars and bikes. All electrical gadgets which are coming up now are labelled under some rating programs so as to make people aware of the energy efficiency of each such gadget. Continue reading “Carbon Footprint Calculator”
Planning to buy a new flat, independent villa or apartment. There are many points which you ought to figure out before deciding about the location and which floor to zero-in on. There are defined documentation in each state or the country. But there is one important issue which is pan global. The amount of sunlight your apartment will receive.
India has an ambitious Solar Energy capacity addition program of adding 100 GW by the year 2022. Out of above 40 GW is expected to be added through Roof Top Solar. Addition of 40 GW as part of Roof Top Solar in next 5-6 years is quite ambitious. Various states have announced their state specific policies for implementation of Roof Top solar programs. Net Metering policies are entwined with Roof Top solar programs. Though quite a few states have announced their programs but real work on the ground has yet to pickup. In US and some other EU countries where sunshine is abundantly available, there has been a never ending debate on practical Net Metering policies and applicable energy tariff regime. There is a group which advocates retail tariffs while another group supports the DG to be billed as per the Utility Generation charges. Continue reading “Net Metering and Distributed Generation Systems”
Smart Cities have been defined in many ways. The urban urban migration leading to vertical growth in city landscape is a necessity in any smart city. Smart cities lays a lot of emphasis on Green Building and Energy Efficiency. The concept paper on Smart Cities neatly sums up the energy concerns “Good areas to focus energy efficiency measures would be the building material used, the transport system, sewerage and water supply systems, street lighting, air-conditioning systems and energy consumption in buildings.”
Building Management System (BMS) is an intelligent management system involving integration of software and hardware with the objective to manage varied electrical and mechanical systems of the Green buildings. BMS manages heating, ventilation, air-conditioning (HVAC), access control, security, lifts, transformers, DG sets, LT switchgears, water pumps, blowers and lighting requirement of any building. the systems are so designed and networked that one can get detailed drill down information about various equipment working in the building along withe their energy usages.
People are gradually moving towards living in apartments. There are definite advantages of a life lived in apartments. When we think of building smart cities, the very first thought that we have is to build clusters of apartments where people can be gradually shifted. Apartment living definitely creates lesser carbon footprint than living in independent houses. Green apartment is nothing but an apartment either in a Green Building or an apartment where one has adopted a number of steps which are helping in resource conservation and energy savings. Our fathers have lived all their lives in independent houses and even, we have spent our childhood in those lovely houses with courtyards and lots of spaces in front and back. Continue reading “Green Apartment”
Glass facades were earlier synonymous with the commercial structures and high rise office buildings but today their acceptance is steadily gaining in modern homes as well. Glass facades allow natural light and heat to enter into the structure and thus are an important facets of Green Buildings. However improper fitments and sealing gaps may also let in cold air. Today Glass Facades have become essential part of the Architectural design and based on the orientation of building and zoning pattern, there can be more than one type of glass glazing types being employed in buildings.