Thriving on the belief that sustainable development links the
environment, the economy and the society, we believe that workplaces are largely responsible for spearheading the move towards sustainable development. Mr. Kiran Chavan's office in Nashik, is specifically developed to serve as one such example for 'Green Education'.
The climatic features of Nashik encourage outdoor living and hence the design aims at maximizing this by providing partially covered landscaped courts, water bodies and terraces. This in turn creates a peaceful environment to work, relax and reconnect with nature and allows for the main functional spaces to get maximum unobstructed natural light and views.
The building shell has been designed based on the sun path, shadow patterns, wind directions, rainfall and humidity levels. Use of light wells with turbo window extractors, radiant cooling, solar lighting, rain water harvesting amongst others are the passive conditioning techniques used in this building. Almost all the furniture is made of old salvaged wood, following the concept of 3Rs—Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
- Climatically responsive design with the maximum use of daylight and natural ventilation.
- Optimization of the building envelope, Shadow pattern and sun path analysis applied in designing fenestration location and sizes with appropriate whether protection. This further helps in reducing the excess heat gain.
- Use of light wells with Turbo wind extractors.
- Use of radiant cooling for reducing the internal temperature.
- The water-body, in the form of pool, located strategically in the landscape, serves as an interface between the built and open spaces and also helps in optimizing the microclimate.
- 100% rainwater is harvested and stored on site. Total available harvested rainwater is 52.16Kl/Yr., that further reduces the potable water demand by 62.17%.
- No potable water is used for landscape irrigation.
- By using low-flow plumbing fixtures generation of waste water is reduced.
- Existing landscape and vegetation are largely protected and preserved. Sustainable site planning practices have been followed to conserve resources and minimize disruption of the natural ecosystem.
- The project maximizes the use of native and hardy instead of exotic and non-native species as the latter comparatively has a heavy water requirement.
- Provision of planter bed on roof projection reduces heat gain.
Material and systems
- Use of reclaimed wood for doors, windows and furniture.
- Use of grass pavers in parking area.
- Use of fly ash bricks for construction and godhra bricks for cladding.
- Use of low VOC paints, adhesives and polishes.
Lighting systems consists of extensive use of LED’s and CFL’s to reduce the electricity consumption (total saving 21.03%).