A Group Of IIT Bombay Students Build A Truly Smart Home, Know More
A lot has been talked about green buildings, energy efficient and sustainable construction and even net-zero energy buildings. The focus is now on 'net-positive' energy homes across the world. With the task of 'Housing for All' by 2022 up the government's sleeves, an inevitable rise in the number of houses in the country is expected. There is an estimation of development of nearly 50 million houses in the coming seven years. There will be a corresponding rise in demand for energy and this highlights the need for smart home designs.
Recently, a 70-member team of students, 'Shunya' from IIT - Bombay developed and ground plus one 'net-positive' house built on Solar technology.
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While 'net-zero' energy buildings consume the same amount of energy they produce, 'net-positive' homes generate more energy than they consume. The structure was built on the idea of utilising passive solar technologies for natural ventilation, temperature control and lighting that ensures total energy to be 'net positive'. The house will accommodate 32 solar panels. The design was prepared after thoughtful study and research on climatic and geographical conditions of the location.
Features of the house
- Semi-modular construction, easy to erect, hassle-free transportation and size relative floor plates.
- The modular house will have a habitable area of nearly 1,500 sq ft.
- The structure will withstand extreme weather conditions like monsoon and hot, humid climate.
- SIP Panels, which are embedded inside the structure, will facilitate faster construction.
- The project was designed after collaboration with industry experts. Suitable insulation is provided for different areas of the house which will minimise heat and reduce cooling loads.
- The walls, roof and floor of the house have been provided glass-wool insulation, made of recyclable material.
- The house possesses load-bearing steel frame, smart home energy management system and a five-kwp grid-connected solar PV system to power all the appliances and lights.
- Air-conditioning ducts and hot water pipes in the building are also insulated to minimise energy losses.
Application of the project
- With the government focussing on sustainable construction, the project plan aims to meet the housing needs of government officials, corporate employees, industrialists as well as the upcoming Amravati city project in Andhra Pradesh.
- The design could be adopted for future smart city projects, which will rely mainly on solar technology.