Skip to main content


  • Published on September 2, 2022

Utilizing the strength of material, technologies reducing volume of material required, reducing, burnt products, reducing high energy consumption material, utilising skills of workers, training on site for alternative technology, using site resources to maximum, integrated climatic approach for design.Rain water harvesting, DEWATS, solar renewable energy for all energy, kitchen waste biogas, bio swimming pool, permaculture system of organic plantation and vegetation, reducing the use of cement and steel, Reuse of old doors and windows, tandoor hand cut flooring, using discarded ceramic tiles, filler slabs,cuddapah for shelves short spans roof, falling arch for stairs, stabilized compressed interlocking mud bricks and bricks for vaults manufactured vault filling with fly ash, lime wash for painting, wardrobe shelves with granite, shutters with pinewood with pivot concept, load bearing structures with arch foundation. All resulted in net zero energy, net zero waste. Involve client in the every process, literate him about design and materials. Not to stress about cost but to stress about need/requirement, technology will reduce the cost. Health should be the priority in list. Need to give better environment to our children (should be the approach) will make a person adopt it. Involve intern students in such approaches. Government should respect such structures-Incentive in some way, publish in local newspaper. One big approach-Give a booklet(example we have developed) along with every sanction plan, display posters in sanctioning department building so it reaches directly to home builders, make compulsory subject in institutions. Teaching construction related to spread fast. The aim was to achieve net zero, chemical free low energy campus. Involve network of individuals and organization, educate client, labors, students and professionals. Sharing the process to society to accept positively, thermal security, food security, water management and security, energy security, reduce , recycle, and reuse . capacity building and learn more practical on site experiences.

Use of mud and stones for walls and roof 80% making it least energy and recyclable, utilize strength of each materials to optimize the sections. Using clear story and courtyard avoid need for artificial light during day time. Sizing and placement of windows reduces heat transmission, utilizing wind direction, and sit out roof replaced by solar panel facing south. Using solar inverter for grid free power for all purposes of campus , bio gas from kitchen for cooking , treated water from DEWATS feeding to plants, in site natural compositing manure for plantation, permaculture concepts benefiting plants growth --for flora and fauna and building , bio pool using plants regeneration zone and air bubble/water fall . Breathing envelope with exposed bricks, acts as a micro cooling wall, vault haunches filled with fly ash, terrace surface WPC with broken ceramic tiles to reduce heat transmission from roof results in avoiding AC and fan , labour quarters structure built with C & D waste.

This case study is directly related to the work of the OPN SBC programme.

You might also be Interested in