Residence of Mr. Selvarasu
After spending more than 27 years working in energy management and green building consulting, Mr. Selvarasu decided to build his own green home. He hoped building green would provide the best possible future for his family and ensure long-term sustainability for his residence.
Located in Bengaluru, Mr. Selvarasu’s home has a variety of features that offer a more comfortable and green lifestyle. These include a rainwater harvesting system, solar hot water collectors, a controlled use of glass and stone and terrazzo-tiled flooring. Building green has also allowed the Selvarasu family to save significantly on their utility bills. The family’s new home is twice the size of their old home, but their utility bills have been cut in half. With more and more of India’s population entering the middle-income bracket, it becomes increasingly important for larger homes to be designed and built in a resource efficient way. Mr. Selvarasu hopes to encourage others to build their own green home as well.
The Residence of Mr. Selvarasu has received final EDGE certification from GBCI.
Predicted Savings of EDGE Certification
Less Embodied Energy in Materials
Reduced window to wall ratio, reflective paint and tiles for the roof, higher performance glass, energy-efficient air conditioning system, energy-saving lighting for indoors, outdoors, and common areas, solar hot water collectors and solar photovoltaics.
Low-flow showerheads and faucets, dual flush for water closets, rainwater harvesting system and recycled grey water for flushing.
Honeycomb clay blocks with internal and external plaster for internal walls, solid dense concrete blocks for internal walls, stone and terrazzo tiled flooring and timber window frames.
*Part of the energy efficiency percentage may be associated with virtual energy for comfort depending on the presence of heating and cooling systems. Note that virtual energy does not contribute savings to utility bills.