Ar. Su­raj Shah, Green Foot­prints

Build­ing 1800, MN Park in Hy­der­abad de­signed by Green Foot­prints has achieved en­ergy sav­ings of over 33% through use of highly ef­fi­cient HVAC and light­ing sys­tems, ecofriendly re­frig­er­ants with zero ODP and low GWP, high per­for­mance en­ve­lope, VFDS for fan

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Low flow water fixtures, sen­sor-based faucets and dual flush toi­lets re­duce water con­sump­tion, re­sult­ing in potable water sav­ings of over 45%. The en­tire land­scap­ing ir­ri­ga­tion water re­quire­ment is met through on-site treated re­cy­cled water. It also uses a highly ef­fi­cient ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem. The park­ing sur­faces are cov­ered with hol­low grass-crete pavers to al­low

water to per­co­late back into the ground. This helps in re­duc­ing the storm water runoff and the heat is­land ef­fect caused due to con­crete sur­faces.

The ex­te­rior light­ing is full cut off fixtures with no up light to avoid light pol­lu­tion at night. This re­duces the im­pact on the noc­tur­nal en­vi­ron­ment and im­proves night time vis­i­bil­ity along with night sky ac­cess due to re­duced sky glow.

Elec­tric ve­hi­cle charg­ing sta­tions have been pro­vided along with pre­ferred park­ing to en­cour­age use of elec­tric ve­hi­cles. There is sub­stan­tial amount of re­duc­tion in ar­ti­fi­cial light­ing load due to the cen­tral court­yard, which also helps in keep­ing the premises cooler.

In the in­te­ri­ors, low VOC emit­ting paints, ad­he­sives, sealants and car­pets have been used, along with bio-degrad­able chem­i­cals for house­keep­ing. Ma­te­ri­als with high re­cy­cled con­tent like fly­ash blocks, fly­ash-based con­crete, steel, etc, and lo­cally man­u­fac­tured ma­te­ri­als used in the con­struc­tion have helped in re­duc­ing the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact caused by ex­trac­tion of vir­gin ma­te­ri­als and trans­porta­tion.

The project’s avowal of numer­ous green fea­tures has helped it achieve LEED Plat­inum rat­ing. Ar. Su­raj Shah, Green Foot­prints

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