Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Go for Green Entrepreneurship

Defining green entrepreneurship is not an easy task. The concept itself is relatively new and has been receiving attention since the 1990s. According to 'Entrepreneurship at a Glance 2011 © OECD, "A green entrepreneur can be either making her business “green” or simply entering a “green business”. In other words, green entrepreneurship could be defined in terms of the technology used for production in any sector of the economy, or in terms of the sectors firms are active in, in which case our attention is restricted to parts of the economy producing specific types of output. The former is sometimes referred to as a process approach in defining green business, while the latter as an output approach." 



"Today what we need to learn to do is optimize the use of energy and water. There are enormous opportunities in tightening up processes to transform the built environment, in particular through how we deal with energy. It is a massive undertaking, and it is going to touch nearly every aspect of our lives, but it is also going to be an incredible source of opportunity for entrepreneurial activity," emphasize Aashish V. Karode, Principal, Planning and Design Services, Design Atelier, New Delhi.

Sustainability is a balancing process and its objective is to find a balance between our current requirements and those of future generations; between economic, social and environmental impacts; between the needs of various communities and populations.

The goal of green entrepreneurship is to consciously address an environmental/social problem/requirement through the realization of entrepreneurial ideas (some or higher level of risk) which has a net positive effect on the natural environment and at the same time is financially sustainable. Green entrepreneur, thus, is someone who starts and operates an enterprise that is designed to be green in its products and processes from the very moment it is set up.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Green buildings are profitable, cost-effective and good for the economy

Buildings account for over 40 percent of global energy-related CO2 and if we need to meet the meet global carbon reduction goals, then according to a IPCC report, we must ensure a “rapid and far-reaching” sustainable transition in land, energy, buildings, transport and cities. Green buildings, certified by LEED, actually offer a global solution for cities, communities and neighborhoods. The sustainable design of these building are reducing carbon emissions, energy and waste; conserving water; prioritizing safer materials; and lowering our exposure to toxins.

As per World Green Building Trends SmartMarket Report in 2018, the people associated with the building and construction industry expect the majority of projects in the next three years to be green buildings. Creating spaces that support health and well-being, as well as the economy and environment will accelerate sustainable development and deliver a better standard of living.

In the U.S., clients now not only demands healthier buildings but at the same time look at the economic benefits. This behavior of clients trigger growth of green buildings. Operating cost savings, shorter payback periods and increased asset value in new green buildings and green retrofits have been consistently reported.

According to an article published in new.usgbc.org, upfront investment in green building also makes properties more valuable, with a growing number of building owners seeing a 10 percent or greater increase in asset value. The percentage of owners reporting that level of growth has nearly doubled since 2012. Other benefits of green buildings, as explained in this article are:

Green buildings reduce day-to-day costs year-over-year. LEED buildings have reported almost 20 percent lower maintenance costs than typical commercial buildings, and green building retrofits typically decrease operation costs by almost 10 percent in just one year.

Green buildings are for every market and every community. A report on the Los Angeles market indicated that while traditional (non-LEED certified) buildings receive an average of $2.16/ft2, tenants were willing to pay $2.91/ft2 for LEED certified space.

The University of Texas at Austin looked at resale value on homes in the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area and found that homes built to LEED standards between 2008-2016 showed an eight percent boost in value, while homes built to a wider range of green standards saw a 6 percent increase in value.

To-date, green building has created millions of jobs and contributed hundreds of billions of dollars to the U.S. economy. From 2011-2014, national green construction generated $167.4 billion in GDP. In Texas alone, more than 720,000 jobs were attributable to green construction during that time. In 2014, LEED-related employment directly contributed $1.09 billion of individual income tax to states.



Sunday, June 30, 2019

Can discarded plastic bottles be used as sand?


We know that PET bottles can not be recomposed and therefore they add to existing heaps of garbage. However, there has been an attempt to use these discarded PET bottles in the construction industry! If this becomes reality, then these plastic bottles will actually reduce the construction costs! 
  
A unique strategy for construction of low-cost concrete structures by additive manufacturing of a cement based composite made from recycled PET bottles as replacement of sand is being developed by Anuradha Suryavanshi and co-researcher Elisabeth Riederer from Germany had conducted the research at the Architectural Association, London.

“As marine sand which is suitable for concrete construction is becoming scarce, concrete construction too is becoming expensive. Hence, there is need for an alternative building material,” said Anuradha. The material made from PET bottles reduces the quantity of sand used in concrete structures by nearly 13 %, thereby helping to save 10 to 15% in cost.

“Using this new material made purely out of waste, we can create decorative elements like elevation panels, partitions, fa├žades, blocks and bricks. It can act as a replacement for metal sheets and is a sustainable alternative,” explained Anuradha.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Can eco-friendly architecture make a difference?

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From the moment it starts, a building is actually a non-green action! However, ‘green actions’ are possible if the owner's understanding, the architects 'green measures' and the the skills of the builder are in close harmony with the nature and environment. The time has come when each and every project's first requirement should have an eco-friendly architecture!

We are all aware that cities have become concrete jungles, vehicular and industrial pollution is on rise and so are the temperatures. Because of huge influx of migrant population in urban areas, the need of safe and durable solutions for housing are also required. Experts insists that 'safe' and 'eco-friendly' can not be separated from each other. The role of architects, therefore, is to offer a design which is 'green and eco-friendly', so that the constructed structure is marked as 'safe'.

Everywhere, around the world, a genuine demand for more meaningful and responsible architecture has increased. People have started to understand the importance of green architecture and the even young have begin to care.

Green building refers to both a structure and the application of processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building's life-cycle: from planning to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition. 
 
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Design Atelier is a New Delhi based Green Architecture Firm that can help you achieve 'green and energy saving goals'. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Can architects provide green solutions to cool buildings?

Air conditioning is making the environment even more hot due to its contribution to global warming. The use of air conditioning is increasing pollution in the environment by releasing poisonous gases into the environment. These gases include the chlorofluorocarbons and hydro-chlorofluorocarbons. Apart from how the use of air conditioners are threatening environment, they also consume a lot of electric energy.

"The US expends more energy on air conditioning, for example, than the whole of Africa does on everything. Then again, it expends even more energy on hot water, which doesn’t get the same rap. The question then is not whether to condition climate, but how. As long ago as the 1940s the Egyptian architect Hassan Fathy demonstrated, with his village of New Gourna near Luxor, how traditional techniques of orientation, ventilation, screening and shading could be revived." - The Guardian

Can Architects provide green solutions to cool buildings? Yes. In fact, an architect by harnessing the local climate, its vegetation, as well as intelligently manipulating a building's orientation, can naturally create a cooler indoor climate. 

The demand for buildings and higher density living, specially in Asian cities, continues to increase, it will be crucial to ensure this growth does not drive energy and water consumption higher. And, here architects can play their role. 

Much of the world’s architecture, prior to the 20th century, responded to the regional climate and could be considered bioclimatic. “If you look at older buildings, you see that people were very good at adapting to climate to get the maximum performance, but we kind-of got lazy once air conditioning and electric light came along at the turn of the last century,” says Patrick Leonard, the director of Paladino and Company, a green building consultant based in Seattle.

Architects around the world look to the past to introduce bioclimate strategies in designing greener buildings!


Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Improving energy efficiency in your building can be simple & easy

One positive trend all across the globe is how people are turning to simple, low-cost measures that can save of energy and money. Saving energy in existing buildings is very simple and easy once you make up your mind to do it. For example, a group planted 'green curtains' around 20 of its facilities on 3 continents. These lightweight green curtains allow flower or fruit-bearing plants to grow and in turn shade walls and windows, reducing direct solar gain through the windows and the buildings' opaque surface temperature by over 25 degrees F.

The building’s energy efficiency not only affects the utility bills, but can also have an impact on the property’s value and if its an office then the workers’ performance too gets boost! Improving energy efficiency in your building can also be simple & easy. Here are few measures one can take to improve the energy efficiency of any commercial building:

Measure your energy consumption
The first step one can take to boost energy efficiency is to measure the energy consumption. And the take steps where you can make the greatest improvements in energy efficiency.

Put proper insulation in place
The outside envelop of building should be designed to lower heating and cooling needs. A proper insulation can help make your building as airtight as possible. Replace doors and windows to stop air leaks in existing buildings can provide additional insulation.

Select the right ventilation system
An effective ventilation system to maintain good air quality and prevent the buildup of moisture can go a long way to improve the energy efficiency in your building.

Use energy-efficient systems and equipment
Use certified equipment and save on energy consumption and money. An Energy Star certified computer, for example, will use 30% to 65% less energy than a typical non-certified model, depending on its use.

Use LED lights
LED lights can help you reduce your energy use by 75% compared to incandescent lighting. Also, use sensors in infrequently used spaces such as conference rooms and restrooms to cut down on energy use.

Design Atelier is a New Delhi based Green Architecture Firm that can help you achieve 'green and energy saving goals'.  


Monday, April 29, 2019

Can architecture help beat the heat?

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With heat wave already making Indians uncomfortable in many parts of the country, one questions arise that can architecture help beat the heat? Also, can we keep cool without air-conditioners? Architecture can play a big role in temperature reduction. With the help of the combination of right materials, direction and lot of windows and open spaces, the interiors can be kept cooler. Using bamboo and natural foliage to cover the facade and windows prevents heat penetration. Beating the heat with the help of architecture is not expensive but surely needs expertise!

Architects often quote examples of Pol Houses, some dating back nearly two centuries — weathered many a summers because of their unique architecture. A pol in India is a housing cluster which comprises many families of a particular group, linked by caste, profession, or religion. Pols are typical of urban centres in Gujarat especially of Old Ahmedabad.

The pol houses have grilled front door which is always open so that air enters inside the house. The scientifically designed air circulation system ensures that the hotter air gets upward movement through open courtyard which is later replaced by cooler air via smaller openings. Narrow lanes of the pols trap air to cool it.

The green cooling system recommends that home should have stone flooring, high ceiling and extensive cross-ventilation. This makes home at least 7-10° cooler than the ambient temperature.

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Advantages of Rainwater Harvesting

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When rainwater is collected and stored into natural reservoirs or tanks in order to use the same for drinking, gardening or irrigation, then the technique is called 'rainwater harvesting'. One method is rooftop harvesting where rainwater is stored using tiles, plastics or metal sheets on the top roof of the building. This rainwater can provide households with drinking water and year-round storage. Rainwater harvesting is, therefore, the accumulation and storage of rainwater for reuse on-site, rather than allowing it to run off. Here are few advantages of Rainwater Harvesting:

Rainwater harvesting reduces the dependency on ground water, hence potable water is available even adverse situations like during droughts, floods, etc..

Rainwater harvesting can be particularly beneficial in those areas where the groundwater is contaminated with chemicals like pesticides, fluoride, or cancer causing compounds etc.
   
Rainwater harvesting techniques are easy to implement, easy to construct and maintain, and the also less investment is required.

Areas where the groundwater levels have gone down, rainwater harvesting can be an effective solution. With rainwater harvesting, one can quickly and easily reduce water consumption and become more efficient. By harvesting rainwater, you can cover up to 50% of a family’s typical household water usage – this translates into savings on bills whilst helping the environment.
   
Rainwater harvesting also reduces soil erosion conserves groundwater.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

The 'Green' Responsibility of Architects

Green architecture is not just a technology but full of scope for creativity. An architect, however, with the help of modern technology can not only preserve the environment but better it. All of us must understand that that to preserve the environment, we need to change our perception of what our homes and industrial buildings should look like. We must, therefore, understand how to implement nature into our buildings rather than just creating a concrete structure. Architects should create buildings that are energy efficient, more green and adaptable to surroundings. The objective should be to make ecosystems healthier and lessen the pollution impact on the earth.

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All across the globe, there is a growing demand for green architecture or buildings that combines the elements of design and esthetics with sustainability and ecology. Architects must create environmentally aware designs and use energy efficient techniques in architecture. Tall buildings or residential building now have plants not only outside but continue throughout the building itself.

Green architecture is full of prospects. Architects, today (and in future) can minimize the negative environmental impact of their structures by combining their artistic vision with the modern technology and not only save the environment but improve it.

Design Atelier is one such architecture company that offers green buildings designs without compromising over esthetics. Based in New Delhi, the capital of India, the company firmly belives that green architecture is responsibility of architects. We must leave good marks on the earth and work with a thoughtful integrity and a contemporary sensibilities to create buildings with surrounding which are healthier and without pollution.

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

In Vadodara, Architecture students create artistic classroom to street children


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Recently in Vadodara, a group of architecture student spruced up the the space below the Lalbaug bridge to provide artistic classroom to street children. The faculty and other professionals belonging to the School of Architecture Art and Design (SAAD) of ITM Universe, MS university and other colleges too helped their students design creative space where street children can take regular lessons.

The efforts of these architecture students are now helping street children learn under the bridge in a revamped and painted classroom. Students of ITM SAAD are looking forward to such collaborative works so that they gift the city and its people at large.

The project was carried out in collaboration with Project Retrofit, a local street artist group in the city, which is using its skills to give better urban experience to the people of the city.

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Friday, February 22, 2019

Top Green Buildings in India


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The government and real estate sector in India has acknowledged the benefits of green buildings and have started to implement the concept in their initiatives and projects. Since last few years, green buildings have been the norms in many government initiatives like Smart Cities Mission, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) and Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT). Even the private players in real estate sector have been integrating the sustainable growth and energy-efficient concepts in their projects. Here is the list of few renowned (top) green buildings in India:

Suzlon One Earth, Pune

CII- Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre, Hyderabad

ITC Maurya, New Delhi

Jawaharlal Nehru Bhawan, New Delhi

ITC Green Centre, Gurgaon

Infinity Benchmark, Kolkata

The benefits of green buildings includes enhancing quality of life and cease problem of depleting natural resources. We need a large-scale of green and energy efficient buildings. A country like India where only 20 million square meters of area is covered by green buildings, the practice must be promoted. 
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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Green buildings must do more to reduce energy-related C02 emissions to zero


World over, the buildings are responsible for 40 percent of energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and since 2010 the global building sector CO2 emissions are up 3 percent. Though this is a matter of concern, yet architects believe that buildings could be actually a possible solution to the climate crisis. Through sustainable measures and practice, buildings could not only greatly reduce their demand for energy, but could generate clean, renewable energy. If warming could be kept below 2℃, the built environment may become carbon-neutral by 2050.

The built environment industries which includes architects, engineers, designers and developers understand that though the concept of “green building” got into reality more than 30 years ago yet not enough has been achieved. It requires willpower policy, regulation and incentives in order to do more to fix our climate emergency.

Our planet has warmed about 1℃ since the 19th century and rising! If it rises to another degree, then it may push the civilization to the brink. According to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, urgent and unprecedented changes are required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) so that we avoid reaching 2℃. 

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All attempt to reduce energy-related C02 emissions from buildings to zero must be taken with all our capacity.  Architecture2030.org, a U.S. based non-governmental organization, recently introduced the first national and international “Zero Code” building standard for new construction. It focuses on designing buildings with high energy efficiency that use no fossil fuels in their operation. The organization is working in California and China to put the policy into practice.

The performance of LEED-certified buildings (and those that are not yet certified) are evaluated against a proprietary dataset and given an “Arc score.” This process anchors our progress to a baseline number, not towards constructing unprecedented sustainable buildings.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

2019 - The year of a green new deal?

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Richard Murphy and Colin Hines have suggested a number of ways on how to raise revenue that could be used to fund energy efficiency in all buildings, renewable and local transport systems. They hope that this green new deal would also provide jobs in every constituency and dramatically reduce carbon emissions.

To deliver this 'green' will, Richard Murphy and Colin Hines writes in the guardian.com, require that people be convinced that they will benefit and that there is the money to pay for such a transformation. Also, taxes on the wealthy can be increased.

According to them these funding can be raised in many ways including private savings via “green war bonds”. Another mechanism would be to improve tax collection. Also, bank could purchase new debt issued in the form of green bonds by a national investment bank to fund energy efficiency in all buildings, renewable and local transport systems.
 
Murphy and Colin suggests to use quantitative easing to fund the transition to a sustainable economy. Read more