Published On: Fri, May 19th, 2017

Green Buildings – A New Trend in Architecture and Civil Engineering

The construction industry is being fuelled by global trends and national projects like smart cities, wants to create such designs .Green buildings are the new trend in the field of architecture and civil engineering. The structure, MRF’s iconic `breathing building’, was designed by celebrated architect Charles Correa and stands as a prototype for a `green building’ whose engineering is sustainable and ecofriendly.

According to Industry experts, it is necessary to integrate numerous architecture and civil engineering graduates into sustainable building practices.

At Loyola Institute of Technology (DMI), this year, 15% of all civil engineering projects have been on sustainable construction. Sujatha Jamuna Anand, the institute’s principal, said they plan to consolidate several engineering electives and give students the option to learn more about sustain able buildings. Their students have come up with solutions like using plastic bottles as construction material, using them to design slabs and footpaths. There are ideas to use non-biodegradable items as well.

IITs too are playing an instrumental role in setting the trend. The recently established IIT Ropar which will be moving to a new campus has already been certified by accreditation agency Griha as a five-star green building. This is a rare distinction conferred on structures that have key aspects demanded by a green building -starting from smart design, to reusable materials, energy water efficiency, optimising size and surroundings, light and wind circulation.

Deepak Kashyap, head of civil engineering at IIT Ropar, said that the institute is coming out with new green engineering trends every year. He said that there has been focus on reusing construction material from demolished buildings. This will cut a lot of cost and help use resources judiciously. This is very much in vogue among researchers at the moment.

C N Raghavendran, president of the Indian Green Buildings Council (IGBC), Chennai Chapter said that sustainable or `green’ development is in demand because of fast depleting natural resources, who is actively pushing the case of green construction, says the phenomenon is rapidly picking up across the country .

He added that presently India has 4.5 billion sqft of registered green buildings under IGBC certification

Sustainable engineering, nowadays, is not limited to rainwater harvesting units and roof-top solar cells, it includes studying the mechanics of light and GO wind movement, under GR standing how water and solid waste can be treated and reused, and devising solutions to help buildings cut down on heating and cooling to conserve energy.

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