Green buildings are designed to make our living environment more sustainable by increasing the efficiency with which buildings and their sites use energy, water, and materials, and reducing building impacts on human health and the environment over the entire life cycle of the building. Ecologikol helps develop a building right from design to construction as a one stop shop.
No, it is not, but is always good to have. Comparing the level of savings achievable in energy usage, water usage and waste reduction with that of a prescribed standard will help benchmark the building with similar buildings and help in building brand value. By guiding and advising right from the inception, Ecologikol helps exceed prescribed standards and move towards excellence, while at the same time matching investment with returns.
Yes and no . Green buildings do involve comparatively high capital cost than the conventional buildings, but only if designed conventionally. This is made possible by integrating all aspects of the building such as material use and energy requirements among many others.
It is not possible to employ trial and error in construction activities since it involves substantial investment and time. 3D whole building simulations help build the entire building on a software platform and allows studying the impact of various materials, orientations, HVAC equipment and other components of the building. It also helps assess energy loads, lighting conditions, solar shading among many other aspects. .
With care and the right design, it is possible to retrofit existing buildings to green. At the same time, it is critical to ensure that the character of the building is not changed in the case of heritage buildings
Ecologikol can help upgrade an existing building and improve the usability and aesthetics while reducing energy consumption, improving environmental performance, reducing water use, improving comfort.
It is a common misconception that a sustainable design compromises on aesthetics to achieve desired savings in energy & water. But if designed right and using state of art simulation techniques, green design will not affect building aesthetics and can enhance it.
Going Green is a universal ideology which is not constrained by the size of the development. In fact homes by going green, can save at least 30% of their electricity consumption and 50% of their water consumption. This is apart from the numerous other benefits such as improved indoor air quality, natural temperature control, enhanced greenery and a clean conscience.
Sustainable design is a constantly evolving science, which offers an opportunity to revisit and re-evaluate the buildings performance on an intermittent basis. A convenient way to accomplish this is to certify to a standard that is periodically reviewed and updated. Therefore, to ensure improvement and updating, certain governing councils insist on re-certification periodically.
Ecologikol engages with your team and ensures best practices are implemented, while the latest technologies in energy, health, water and waste management are evaluated and presented.
Sustainability disclosure can serve as a differentiator in competitive industries and foster investor confidence, trust and employee loyalty. Sustainability reporting can prepare firms to mitigate environmental and social risks that might have material financial impacts on their business while delivering better business, social, environmental and financial value creating a virtuous circle.
There are numerous ways to reduce cooling costs, such as right placement of ceiling fans based on the climate zone, natural ventilation, minimizing incident heat gain, right insulation, window shading, glazing and landscaping. Passive interventions include coating the roof and walls with paints that have high solar reflective index (SRI).
The world is rapidly adapting to energy efficient LEDs, owing to larger acceptance and therefore falling costs. LEDs not only help save power, but also are environment friendly since they don’t contain mercury or emit UV light. LEDs also generates less heat than CFLs and thereby reduce cooling loads. LEDs also have a longer service life and are not affected by frequent on – off cycles.
A high-volume low-speed (HVLS) fan is a type of mechanical fan greater than 7 feet (2.1 m) in diameter. HVLS fans move slowly and distribute large amounts of air at low rotational speed hence the name "high volume, low speed." Generally moving the same volume of air at low speeds in more efficient than moving air at high speeds. High speed air systems can be less costly to build and install at the expense of greater operating costs and increased system noise.
Super fan has a brushless DC electronic motor that is super-efficient. The fan does not need a regulator and works with a remote control. There is a LED at the center of the fan that blinks and shows the fan speed when it is changed. This fan will provide 40% more energy saving than a BEE 5 star rated fan.
The capacity of an air conditioner should be considered depending on the size and thermal loads of the room. With increasing electricity tariffs, an energy efficient air conditioner is a must-buy. However, using the latest simulation tools can help optimise air conditioner sizes and help in maximising the cooling capacity of systems.
A wrongly sized, higher star rated unit could consume more power every year than a lower star rated rightly sized air conditioner.
The vision of a sustainable world is built upon the core ideology of conserving every natural resource. Water is an indispensable resource to sustain life. But current rate of consumption and pollution of waterbodies has placed a undue strain on our water resources.
The only option today is conserving and increasing the availability of potable water through rain water harvesting, recharge of ground water and storage and reuse of rain water. On the other hand, using water conservation, recycling techniques and equipment will also go a long way in reducing demand and thereby reducing the overall need for water.
A basic approach to lowering the concentrations of indoor air pollutants in our home is ventilation (increasing the amount of outdoor air coming indoors). However, increase in ventilation will in turn increase the energy consumption in artificially cooled areas and needs to be balanced through the use of technology such as energy wheels.
In cases where the outside air is polluted as is the case in many cities, usage of filters, ionizers and other equipment might be warranted.
Many paints used in the home contain potentially harmful chemicals such as solvents and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). When the paint dries, these chemicals escape into the environment. Inhaling paint fumes can exacerbate asthma and sinusitis. This makes it critical to have a good building flush out strategy in place before occupancy.
Compliance simulations are typically carried out to conform with various green building standards such as LEED, IGBC, GRIHA, ESTIDAMA & GREENMARK.
Investment Grade Simulations are built and run with a very high degree of accuracy and use complex algorithms to even out data inconsistencies. They are typically more time consuming, but yield a more accurate result. Such simulations are essential when developing a financial model where energy conservation is used to arrive at a return on investment.
- AAC - Autoclaved Aerated Concrete
- ACH - Air Changes per Hour
- AHU - Air Handling Unit
- ANSI - American National Standards Institute
- ASHRAE - American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers
- ASTM - American Society for Testing and Materials
- BEPS - Building Energy Performance
- BEPU - Building Utility Performance
- BIM - Building Information Modeling
- BREEAM - Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method
- CFD - Computational Fluid Dynamics
- CFL - Chloro Fluoro Carbon
- CFL - Compact Fluorescent Lamp
- CFL - Compact Fluorescent Ligh
- CFM - Cubic Feet per Minute
- COP - Co-efficient Of Performance
- CPCB - Central Pollution Control Board
- DBT - Dry Bulb Temperature
- DF - Daylight Factor
- DOE - U.S. Department of Energy
- ECBC - Energy Conservative Building Code
- EER - Energy Efficiency Ratio
- EPA - Environmental Protection Agency
- EPI - Environmental Performance Index
- EPS - Expanded Polystyrene
- eQuest - Graphical User Interface utilizing DOE-2 modeling software. This program was used to model prototype building models and measure simulations.
- ERC - Externally Reflected Component
- ERV - Energy Recovery Ventilation
- FAHU - FRESH AIR HANDLING UNIT
- GBCI - Green Building Certification Institute
- GBI - Green Building Initiative
- GPF - Gallons per Flush
- GPM - Gallons per Minute
- GRIHA - Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment
- GWP - Global Warming Potential
- HAP - Hourly Analysis Program
- HCFCs - Hydrochlorofluorocarbons
- HEPA - High Efficiency Particulate Air
- HFCs - Hydrofluorocarbons
- HRV - Heat Recovery Ventilator
- HSPF - Heating Seasonal Performance Factor
- HVAC - Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning
- IAQ - Indoor Air Quality
- IECC - International Energy Conservative Code
- IEQ - Indoor Environmental Quality
- IES - Integrated Environmental Solutions
- IESNA - Illuminating Engineering Society of North America
- IESVE - IES Virtual Environment (VE)
- IGBC - Indian Green Building Council
- IPLV - Integrated Part Load Value
- IRC - Internally Reflected Component
- LCA - Life Cycle Analysis
- LED - Light emitting diode
- LEED - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
- LEED AP - LEED Accredited Professional
- LPD - Lighting Power Density
- M&V - Measurement and verification
- MERV - Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value
- ODP - Ozone Depleting Potentia
- PEER - Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal
- ppm - parts per million
- PV - Photo voltaic
- RH - Relative Humidity
- SEER - Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio
- SHGC - Solar Heat Gain Coefficient
- SHGC - Solar Heat Gain Coefficient
- SIP - Structural Insulated Panels
- SMACNA - Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors' National Association
- SRI - Solar Reflective Index
- SWH - Service Water Heating
- USGBC - U.S. Green Building Council
- VAV - Variable Air Volume
- VLT - Visual Light Transmittance
- VLT - Visual Transmittance
- VOC - Volatile Organic Compound
- VRF - Variable Refrigerant Flow
- VRV - Variable Refrigerant Volume
- WBDG - Whole Building Design Guide
- WBT - Wet Bulb Temperature
- WRB - Water Resistive Barrier
- XPS - Extruded Polystyrene
- XPS - Extruded Polystyrene
- ZEB - Zero Energy Building (should be 'net' zero)
- ZEV - Zero Emissions Vehicle
- Brownfield Sites - Land that may have been contaminated with hazardous waste or pollution.
- Heat Island -Metropolitan area that is significantly warmer than its surrounding rural areas due to human activities.
- Low Flow Fixtures -Sink faucets, shower heads, and toilets that use less water per minute than older, traditional models by using a high-pressure technique .
- Building Energy Simulation -It is the method of using software to predict the energy use of a building.
- COOLROOF -It is made of a highly reflective type of paint, a sheet covering, or highly reflective tiles or shingles and so it reflect more sunlight and absorb less heat than a standard roof.
- Bio Urinal blocks - It is a water solvable blocks once they get in touch with liquid (urine or water) it will release biological cleaning bacteria which will provide fresh and hygienic washroom environment.
- District Cooling System - It is the production and distribution of chilled water from a central source to facilitate air conditioning.
- Illumination - Distribution of light on a horizontal surface.
- Lumen -A measurement of light emitted by a lamp
- Waste Management - All the activities and actions required to manage waste from its inception to its final disposal
- Carbon Footprint -A calculation of the amount of greenhouse gases produced as a result of commercial, industrial, and individual activities.
- Day lighting - Designing a building to take advantage of natural sunlight illumination.
- Double Pane Windows - Double or triple pane glass windows often contain argon, krypton, or other gases between panes to reduce heat flow and improve insulation.
- Drought Tolerant Plants -Species of plants, shrubs and vines which generally do not require additional watering in order to thrive in their native habitats. Landscapes with drought tolerant plants usually require little or no watering.
- Dual Flush Toilets - Toilets with two buttons for two flush options, one for liquid and another for solid waste. The button for liquid waste uses less water per flush.
- Energy Audit - A special inspection performed to determine where there are energy inefficiencies in a home or building.
- Energy Star -A certification granted by the Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy for household appliances and buildings that perform at specified levels of energy efficiency.
- Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) -A non-profit organization that encourages the responsible management of the world's forests. FSC sets high standards that ensure forestry is practiced in an environmentally responsible, socially beneficial, and economically viable way.
- Green Seal - A certification for construction products, such as windows, paints, and adhesives, attesting that the products were manufactured and can be used with minimal impact on the environment.
- Greyfields - A site, such as a mall or commercial facility, which has been abandoned, leaving behind a large developed but empty area.
- Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) -A measurement of the overall cleanliness of the air within a building or home.
- Low Flow Toilet -A toilet that combines efficiency and high performance. Design advances enable these toilets to save water with no trade-off in flushing power. Such toilets often have the EPA's Water Sense label.
- Naturescaping - A landscaping method that uses native plants to conserve and create natural habitats that provides nurturing environments for wildlife.
- Net Metering -A method of gaining a credit for excess electricity produced by a consumer, often by means of a wind turbine or solar paneling.
- Xeriscaping - A landscaping method used in arid areas that incorporates native plants that can tolerate infrequent watering.
- Zoned Air Conditioning - Systems with separate thermostat controls in different parts of a structure that allow for independent temperature control of each area.
- ASHRAE 90.1 -This standard provides the minimum requirements for energy-efficient design of most buildings, except low-rise residential buildings.
- ASHRAE 62.1 - It is the recognized standards for ventilation system design and acceptable IAQ.
- BIOSANITIZER -It is a naturally produced catalyst that continues to produce need-based amount of active oxygen and drives eco-logical reactions that clean polluted water(surface water, groundwater and wastewater).
- Evapotranspiration (ET ) - is the sum of evaporation and plant transpiration from the Earth's land and ocean surface to the atmosphere.
- High Albedo Paints -The paints with high SRI value
- LOW SLOPE -One that slopes 2" in 12" to 4" in 12" of run.