Delhi High Courts new expansion taps into green building principles

November 1, 2018 by  
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New Delhi-based architecture practice Design Forum International has completed the New Courts Complex, a modern extension to the Delhi High Court. The new project was completed as part of the Delhi High Court’s ambitious expansion plan to increase capacity by 60 percent by the year 2020. Designed with energy efficiency in mind, the building was informed by passive solar principles to ensure comfortable indoor temperatures, while smart water management is practiced using sensor-operated fixtures and recycled water systems. Located in the heart of Lutyens’ Delhi, the New Courts Complex mimics its predecessor with grand steps that lead to a high podium fronted with a large fountain  focal point. The complex includes 15 courtrooms across four floors as well as nine registrars’ courts on the ground level. Moreover, there are 16 new chambers for judges, nine new chambers for junior registrars and additional work spaces for judicial officials. Discussion and sitting rooms for members of the bar, as well as a women-only sitting room, were also integrated into the plan. Since security was also a paramount concern, open sight lines and transparency were stressed throughout. “The task was to somehow create a visual vocabulary that could bridge 500 years of discordance with a harmonious note,” Design Forum International said. “The principles of green building design have been employed with a tilt toward passive techniques that require the basic design starting from the envelope and massing to be correct. In the overall analysis, the New Courts Block is a fine example of how to build a green building that is both energy-efficient , functional and aesthetic.” Related: Architects transform a derelict lot into an urban oasis in New Delhi The outer walls of the building are built from A.E.C. blocks chosen for their thermal properties, and the roof was built with heat reflective tiles. In addition, high-performance coated glass and solar panels help reduce dependence on air conditioning. As a result, the total energy demand has been reduced by approximately 20 to 25 percent. Natural light is optimized in the entire building, even in the basement, thanks to carefully placed skylights. + Design Forum International Images via Design Forum International

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to Save $2,000 a Year With Energy-Efficient Home Improvements

October 17, 2014 by  
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Winter is fast approaching, but it’s not too late to make home improvements to save big on your energy bill . While switching your old lightbulbs for LEDs is a good and affordable start, there are many other ways to upgrade your home to get your annual expenses down. Utopia Management’s “11 Ways to Amp Up Your Home’s ROI” infographic lists nearly a dozen energy efficient home system replacements, their upfront costs, and return on investment. Although the initial investment may seem costly, the infographic shows that in the long-term, these changes could add up to nearly $2,000 in annual savings. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: How to Save $2,000 a Year With Energy-Efficient Home Improvements Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , home improvement , infographic , insulation , LEDs , programmable thermostat , seal duct leaks , solar attic fan , water efficiency , water filters

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AT&T and EDF open up water efficiency toolkit

April 18, 2014 by  
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AT&T has used the WaterMAPP to achieve building water savings of up to 40 percent. Now the scorecard and calculator are available to any business.

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Infographic: ‘The Unfiltered Truth About Water’ Shows the Causes of Water Pollution

February 25, 2013 by  
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The Unfiltered Truth About Water is an interactive infographic that explores the sometimes surprising causes of water pollution and provides tips on how we can conserve and protect our water sources. It was created by DBS>Interactive in Louisville, KY for Evergreen AES Environmental Services . Check out the full infographic here ! + The Unfiltered Truth About Water The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: evergreen aes environmental services , green design , infographic , resource conservation , sustainable design , the unfiltered truth about water , water conservation , water efficiency , water infographic , water issues

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Santa Monica’s Garden / Garden Project Quantifies the Benefits of Sustainable Building

November 9, 2012 by  
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Here at Inhabitat we’ve showcased thousands of green building and sustainable landscaping projects that save water, conserve energy, and minimize waste. But did you know just how much more efficient building green can be? Back in 2004 a project called Garden / Garden launched in Santa Monica to compare how different sustainable building methods stacked up against more traditional plans. The project tracked two neighboring houses and recorded data on water use, labor required, waste produced and other relevant information – and it found that the green house used one fifth the water , produced only a third the amount of waste and required about a quarter of the labor to maintain. Read the rest of Santa Monica’s Garden / Garden Project Quantifies the Benefits of Sustainable Building Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: conventional , garden / garden , green design , green landscaping , labour reducing , native plants , pervious pathway , rainwater run-off , Santa Monica , Sustainable , sustainable design , sustainable landscaping , urban landscape , water efficiency , water harvesting , water saving

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How The Nokero SunRay Pro Power Solar Charger Saved My Skin & My Sanity During Hurricane Sandy

November 9, 2012 by  
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When Hurricane Sandy hit last week, and the power in my lower Manhattan apartment went out, my first thought, as I dug around for candles and LED lamps was “Well this will be a fun little off-grid adventure!” I naively harbored some romantic notion of the coziness of eating dinner and playing board games with my family by candlelight, and even actually enjoyed the first 24 hours without electricity for the chance to disconnect. However, when my gadget batteries started to die one by one, the water dried up, the food in the fridge started to spoil , and contact with the outside world began to shut down , the novelty started to wear off and the reality of the situation finally began to hit me. First my computer battery died, then iPad, then finally my phone, and I think I never fully realized until that moment how much of a lifeline these mobile communication devices are. Without even a working cell phone – my last vestige of communication – to call my family or look at the news, I had no idea what was going on around me, how much longer the power outage was supposed to last, and whether there was any help available, and I started to get desperate. Read the rest of How The Nokero SunRay Pro Power Solar Charger Saved My Skin & My Sanity During Hurricane Sandy Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: blackout NYC , charger for power outages , compact solar chargers , compact solar power chargers , cord free lamps , designs for power outages , disaster relief designs , emergency lamps , emergency lighting earthquake lighting , emergency lights , emergency relief designs , flood lighting , humanitarian relief designs , hurricane new york , hurricane relief , Hurricane Sandy , hurricane sandy blackout , hurricane sandy knocks out power , jill fehrenbacher , new york blackout , new york goes dark , new york power loss , nokero , Nokero Crestone , Nokero Crestone Solar Light Bulb (N200) , nokero Solar Battery Chargers , nokero solar charger , nokero solar charging unit , nokero solar products , Nokero SunRay Pro Power Panel , powerless new york , powerless nyc , sandy new york , sandy nyc , sandy storm , solar batteries , solar battery , solar charger , solar charging stations , solar gadgets , solar lamp , solar light , solar light bulb , solar lighting , solar power charger , solar power designs , solar power emergency gadgets , storm new york , sun chargers

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Two New Winning Fountains for the Royal Parks

November 10, 2010 by  
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Photo: Moxon Architects Remember the days when you could get a drink from a water fountain–in the park, or on a street corner or at the library? Well in London they seem to be making a come-back…

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Stunning Swedish Treehotel Opens This Weekend!

July 13, 2010 by  
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GE and Yves Béhar Unveil Superfast WattStation EV Charger

July 13, 2010 by  
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If you read Inhabitat on the regular, you know that two topics we’re gaga about are electric vehicles and industrial design mastermind Yves Béhar . That’s why we’re thrilled to announce that Béhar and his studio fuseproject teamed up with GE to create a brand new electric vehicle (EV) charger called the WattStationâ„¢ — and word on the street is it can power up cars in just 4 to 8 hours (as compared to the standard 12 to 18 hours of other stations)

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