iCED facility in Jaipur was also conceived as a green building and a host of features have been incorporated in design and construction to reduce carbon footprint of the building. The ‘Energy Conservation Building Code 2006’ norms are being applied for energy efficient design and construction of the building. The site selection, material usage during construction, energy efficiency, water efficiency, indoor environment quality etc., are planned in such a manner to ensure adherence to “green norms” for the building. The building also aims to achieve Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) ratings.
1. Use of local building material and local stone cladding to cut the cost of transportation and to reduce heat transmission.
2. Carbon emission neutrality is ensured.
3. Solar reflecting film on windows.
4. Energy efficiency features like orientation optimization, overhang sizing, skylights for daylight, insulation on walls/roofs, LED & efficient lighting and 100% external lighting on solar PV cells
5. Use of 30% fly ash in concrete, fly ash bricks, local materials (marble, stone, sand),
B. Energy Management
1. Use of Geothermal cooling by introducing an alternate cooling system which could recycle cool air from below the earth’s surface (below 4 meters) into the building complexes. This coupled with solar chimneys would reduce the dependence on air conditioners.
2. Increased natural lighting for lower consumption of power during daytime. Use of control devices to lower the lighting levels automatically during daytime.
3. Use of motion detectors for reduced power consumption
4. LED lighting for lower power consumption
5. Solar Panels for outdoor lighting and heating water
6. Use of energy meters
7. Use of CFC free materials.
C. Water and Waste Management
1. Water recycling system from outlets in hostel/academic/residential blocks through reed-beds for garden and other uses like for desert coolers etc.
2. Push/Timer taps in common areas
3. Recycled water for flush tanks in bathroom
4. Rain harvesting system
5. Installation of a self contained solid waste management system i.e. waste disposal garbage collection and segregation system
6. Use of composting techniques for organic waste like organic kitchen waste, garden waste etc
iCED has also adopted a hill close to the building and is greening it with local varieties of plants. Apart from signifying our commitment to environment, the greening of the forest will also aid in preservation of local species.