All You Need To Know About India's First Fully Solar Residential Project
Green buildings are now being adopted as a concept across the country. While it has been taken up largely by corporates which have constructed green office space or individuals who are taking small green steps. It is for the first time in India that a housing project has been launched as a fully solar complex. The project, Supra Eco Homes, is being developed by Supra Builders and is first of its kinds that will produce near zero carbon emissions once completed in next 18 months.
According to Chaitanya Rayapudi from Supra Builders, residential units are responsible for 22 percent of India's total annual carbon emissions. So it is very important that we move towards sustainable homes.
Here is all you need to know about the project:
Overview of Supra Eco Homes
Supra Eco Homes is a project that will be developed in Raja Rajeswari Colony in Kondapur, Hyderabad. It will have two blocks, each with four-floor apartments along with a parking area. The project will have 16 apartments in 3BHK configuration. Solar power will be the primary source of electricity. Some of the solar-powered amenities include automated elevators, solar hot water, solar fencing, water softener and rainwater harvesting system. Besides this, the project has sports room (mini-gym, table tennis), 20-seater home theatre, green space with farming of fruits, vegetables and flowers.
Some of the striking features of India's first fully solar-powered housing project:
- Zero trees are cut and zero wood is used for the construction of the building.
- There are no geysers, diesel generators or inverters in the apartment. Moreover, elevators would also run on solar energy.
- Use of solar energy for electricity will reduce the power cuts and power bills. The average monthly electricity bill will not be more than Rs 250 per month.
- Use of AAC bricks, energy-saving fans, LEDs and energy efficient air-conditioners makes the project more eco-friendly.
- Use of Unplasticized Polyvinyl Chloride (UPVC) windows with three track systems and eco-friendly doors completely replace the use of wood. The benefit of using UPVC is that it is durable, robust and do not rust and fade. This material is easy to maintain and is good for resisting air pollution. It is a good insulator, too. keeping the home warm in the winters and cool in the summers.
- Also, less amount of cement will be used in the construction process. This will eventually lower down the amount of water used for construction.