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A concrete step towards eco-friendly buildings

According to reports, looking at the reality boom in the city, the Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT) has been making conscious efforts to promote the concept of green buildings among public as well the people and agencies involved in construction industry.

Thanks to this awareness, a number of government as well as private agencies or builders have starting opting for green buildings. Though the Public Works Department (PWD) in the city has not as yet announced any green building project, there is a clear inclination towards the concept.

“The department has already started certain projects at certain places in state at places like Nashik and Amravati. In Nagpur, the department has not finalized any projects but surely our upcoming big projects will use the concept of green buildings,” said Nita Thakre, executive engineer (vigilance and quality control) told TOI who was attending a training programme on the subject organized by the civil engineering department at VNIT. Krusha Gharde, an assistant engineer, said that the new Ambedkar Bhavan on South Ambazari road was already using rain water harvesting.

Project coordinator of Mahindra Bebanco Developers Ltd who was also attending the training said that the company’s residential project coming up in Mihan was using the green building concept extensively. “We are following the Indian Green Building Council norms. It is expected that everything used in the construction comes from within 500 km radius and is efficiently used. We use fly ash bricks, recycled steel and adopt rainwater harvesting. Above all, MADC has made the provision of a non-domestic water supply system for use of grey treated water,” he said.

Alpana Dongre, architecture and planning professor in VNIT, explained the role of various factors related to the concept. Stressing on the role of use of natural light to maximum possible extent, she said though it aims at getting maximum sunlight but glare has to be avoided. “We also use light sensors for energy conservation. There are also occupancy sensors which put off the light when the place is not used by anyone,” she said. Health of workers during construction and occupants after construction is another prime concept, she said.

Rahul Ralegaonkar, the programme coordinator, R K Ingle, dean faculty students welfare, Prof V A Mhaisalkar, Prof A R Tembhurkar, Prof Rajashri Kotharkar also spoke on the occasion. The training was basically designed for PWD department.

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