Towards Greener Living

This World Environment Day, dna takes a look at the latest fancy of the builders’ community, eco-friendly housing projects
 That Pune has many an environment lovers has got the builder community’s attention. Keeping in sync with the growing environmental awareness, the builders have now taken to selling a futuristic dream of a cleaner, greener and energy-efficient city. And this dream is translating into eco-friendly buildings and townships. With the eco-housing programme initiated by the Pune Municipal Corporation, that promotes adoption of environmentally friendly practices, energy efficient products and techniques by the construction company, most builders in the city are adopting water, energy conservation and waste management techniques. So you have exciting features like the use of fly ash bricks in place of red bricks and alternatives to natural river sand as a construction material. Aimed at a better quality of life for years to come, an eco-friendly home often comes at an additional cost. Construction companies like Darode Jog have received environmental clearances on many of their projects like Greeland County and Westside County to name a few. Dna explores what comprises a green home...

Energy Conservation

An interesting measure to ensure residents make judicious use of electricity, Nanded City, a Satish Magar project on Sinhagad Road, has installed prepaid electrical meters. “To keep the electricity usage under control we are using LED lighting fixtures in the landscaped area and also for street lighting,” says Magar. The township also holds the prestigious tag of being the only one to have installed the maximum quantum of solar water heating systems. Interestingly, the township also leases land for agriculture purposes, whether you are a resident or not.

Siddharth Mayur, managing director of Mayur Renergy Solutions Ltd, has developed a program called the Conservation Renewable Sustainable (CRS) Program. As part of CRS, Mayur works at creating green homes at the planning stage itself. “During the construction activity, we install a solar power plant along with a small wind based turbine for majority of our power requirements. We feel, the design of the building can save a lot of upfront power requirement. This way we can reduce our power requirement nearly by half. The flow of air and sunlight has to be regulated in the building design,” he says. Once the building is completed, they install solar power plants plus wind turbines, which take care of all the common lighting, lifts, hot water and back ups. Smart grids are installed in every apartment which helps in saving a lot of power. Mayur also uses energy saving lights and gearless lifts in his projects, which help save power. “For our future projects, we are working on using a combination of fuel cells, solar and bio-gas to be able to provide for a minimum of 15-18 hours a day of renewable and clean energy to our projects. This will ensure that the grid is only used in times of emergency,” he says.

Water Conservation

Vastushodh Projects Pvt Ltd has implemented water harvesting techniques in all their projects – all Anandgrams, like Yavat, Talegaon Dhamdhere and Wakhri as well as Urbangrams at Kondhave,

Dhavade, Kirkatwadi, Chakan and Pirangut. Similar techniques are also being implemented by Phadnis Properties Ltd. Elaborating on it, Vinay Phadnis, chairman and managing director of the company says, “We are using recycled water, drip irrigation system, solar water heating system and sewage water treatment at our project, Eastern Ranges at Keshavnagar. These are the key eco-features at our project.” At Nanded City, the water that is used for landscaping comes from the sewage treatment plant. Also, there are four nallahs within the city. “We are creating a Nallah garden along it by treating the Nallah water through a combination of rootzone and culture treatment as a corporate social responsibility initiative,” says Magar. City Corporation Ltd (which has Amanora under its belt) and Amit Enterprises Housing Ltd also recycle and use waste water for gardening and flushing.

Waste Management

Mayur’s company also works on the principle of Zero Emission and Zero Discharge, which tries to use all the waste that comes out of the construction and development activity. The waste is treated in the most eco-friendly manner to create bio-fertilisers. “We are working on installing high efficient membrane based Bio gas plants, wherein all the waste from sewage can get processed and the gas collected can be used to power the fuel cells. This will ensure that we make the best out of the waste,” he says.