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South India is now home to an iconic “zero energy and solar powered home”, a masterpiece in Green architecture that is set to start a welcome trend in controlled energy consumption in residences.

This zero energy space project was exhibited at the Indian Green Building Congress (IGBC) 2010, held at Chennai from 6th to 9th October last year. The IGBC is Asia’s largest Green building conference. The project was also showcased at the Economic Times’ ACEtech – Mumbai as well as Delhi chapters. These are Asia’s largest construction related expos.

About 60% of this home’s energy requirements are met by the conventional sources, while solar power supplies the remaining 40%. Nevertheless, there is no compromise on performance and comfort.

The chief sponsors of this Green initiative are Aluplast Windows, Breezair, Everest Industries, Nippon Paints, Supreme Pertochem and Roca.

EVEREST FIBRE CEMENT BOARDS

The drywall construction with fibre cement boards from Everest creates a strong, light weight, water resistant and energy efficient building envelope which supports a variety of finishes. 55% of the raw materials used to prepare these boards are recycled.

BREEZAIR FRESH AIR

Air conditioning is known to be the largest consumer of energy in a building. The Breezair system works through an evaporative cooling cycle and consumes 1/10th of the energy of a conventional air conditioning device, apart from providing 100% fresh air ventilation.

PHOTO-VOLTAIC BY TEAM SUSTAIN

This energy-efficient residence sports photo-voltaic solar panels on the rooftop. An inverter and a battery storage device are used for uninterrupted power-supply.

SUPREME INSUBOARD & BEARDSELL

Insulation of the walls and the roof is a vital element of the building envelope, meant to prevent the transfer of heat in both directions. This product reduces heat ingress through the walls/roof and hence cuts down on energy consumption for air conditioning. INSBOARD offers one the highest insulation values for XPS insulation.

ALUPLAST WINDOWS

High performance double glazed units and energy-saving UPVC frames are used to reduce energy consumption as well as sound transmission. This is a German product, which saves energy by reducing infiltration and the frames are provided with thermal breaks to prevent heat ingress.

ROCA BATHROOM

Water efficient fixtures for toilets and taps reduce the fresh water consumption in the building and also help score points for the LEED rating system.

SURABHI BAMBOO

Bamboo improves the sustainability of the building as it grows rapidly and can be harvested in much shorter period compared to hardwoods. With the help of the modern production techniques bamboo is transformed into an excellent materials for flooring, furniture and other interior design works.

NIPPON PAINTS

Low-Voc Paints are used on the interiors to create healthy indoor environment and keep away toxins which could be lead to respiratory problems. Solar Reflective paints are used on the exteriors, which facilitate reflection of sunlight and reduction in solar heat gain.

Source: http://www.inspiredGreen.in

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Build Eco Xpo (BEX) Asia is a massive exhibition on Sustainable Buildings of Southeast Asia. The focus is on energy efficient building materials, design and architecture for a future of sustainable growth, and incorporation of critical elements into the construction industry, to enhance competitive advantage and knowledge of the ‘Build Green’ movement.

The Xpo will also serve as a platform to present and share knowledge and expertise on various green construction materials, and educate potential customers of the benefits of these products.

BEX Asia 2010

BEX Asia 2009 achieved great response with over 200 participating countries and 6400 visitors. Following this, the 3rd edition of BEX – BEX Asia 2010 is going to be held in Singapore from 13th to 15th September, 2010.

Event Highlights

The Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) is going to partner with BEX Asia to organise a trade event with a strategic focus on bringing Green Buildings to the forefront of the industry needs.

SGBC is dedicated towards propelling the Singapore building and construction industry towards environmental sustainability by promoting green building design, practices and technologies, the integration of green building initiatives into mainstream design, construction and operation of buildings as well as building capability and professionalism to support wider adoption of green building development and practices in Singapore.

Product Profile

  • Acoustic Materials & Systems
  • Adhesives
  • Air Conditioner
  • Air Purifier
  • Aluminium
  • Automation
  • Awnings
  • Blinds
  • Building Equipment
  • Building Services
  • Cables
  • Ceilings
  • Cement
  • Chemicals
  • Chillers
  • Clean Fuel
  • CO2 Sensors
  • Coatings
  • Concrete
  • Consultancy
  • Controls
  • Deckings
  • Doors / Gates & Barriers
  • Ducting Systems
  • Engineering Services
  • Escalators
  • External Coatings
  • Fans
  • Fittings
  • Flooring Systems
  • Fuel
  • Furniture
  • Generator
  • Glass
  • Ground Water Protection
  • Hardware
  • HVAC Systems
  • Ironmongery
  • LED
  • Lifts
  • Lighting
  • Motors
  • Paints
  • Pipes
  • Polyurethane
  • Power Systems
  • Properties
  • Pumps
  • Roofing
  • Sanitary wares
  • Sealants
  • Security & Authentication System
  • Software
  • Solar Panels
  • Solar Power Systems
  • Stones
  • System Integrators
  • Tiles
  • Walls / Panels
  • Water Heaters

Exhibitors’ Profiles

  • Agents
  • Architects
  • Consultants
  • Contractors
  • Decorators
  • Developers
  • Distributors
  • Engineers
  • Estate Managers
  • Government Agencies
  • Interior Architects
  • Interior Designers
  • Maintenance Managers
  • Manufacturers
  • Project Managers
  • Property Managers
  • Quantity Surveyors
  • Retailers
  • Statutory Board Officers
  • Traders

Venue

Sands Expo & Convention Centre,
Marina Bay Sands,
Singapore.


ee-houseEnergy-efficient dwellings are a more-than-desirable a feature of landscapes today, particularly in developed nations where environmental pollution has reached alarming levels. An energy-efficient home is a delight to enter into and occupy. A building with energy-efficient features scores low on resource exploitation and high on energy conservation. The rules of having an energy-efficient home are not as complicated as made out to be; a few thumb rules, if strictly followed, should do the trick.

  1. Small houses are more energy efficient than big houses.
  2. A radiant barrier for the roof is essential to keep the heat from penetrating into the house.
  3. Walls of the house must be exotic insulated.
  4. Thermal efficient windows should be used.
  5. Ground floor windows must have a metal bar for security and a screen for bugs, while windows upstairs windows should be opened on the cooler side of the house to circulate the air up and out without a fan.
  6. Clay tiles with lighter colors are the best choice to reduce heat.
  7. An attic fan helps cut down heat.
  8. Always provide shading for the windows on the hot side of the house, and position windows near trees on the outside that lose leaves in winter.
  9. Add plenty of thermal mass such as concrete, stone, and tile inside the home to act as a natural heat regulator.
  10. Add solar panels, tied into the electrical grid. With rebates, and the cost wrapped into the mortgage, they are cash positive from day one. If you retrofit later, and they are not part of the mortgage, the payback takes maybe 20 years.
  11. Research with the water heating is an on-going process. Anyhow, tank less water heaters are best. But they require continuous maintenance. Now continuous circulating water heaters are nearly as efficient as tank less heaters, without the maintenance hassle. New gas condensing types are just hitting the market, with even greater efficiency.
  12. Use gas because gas is cheaper than electricity.
  13. Keep your ductwork sealed and insulated, and within the insulated envelope of the house as opposed to in a hot attic or cold basement.
  14. Keep your AC compressor and condenser on the shady side of the house.
  15. Take steps to reduce humidity inside the house to make it more comfortable during hot weather. Avoid houseplants, and use bathroom exhaust fan when showering.
  16. Use LED or compact fluorescent lighting wherever possible.

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