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.