My Zero-Waste Dwelling Saves 70% Vitality By Utilizing the Solar to Run Home equipment


Building a sustainable home was a dream come true for Balasunda Kaushikan, a Bengaluru-based architect. Hailing from Hanumanthanpatti in Theni district of Tamil Nadu, Kaushik all the time needed to construct a home in his village.

Kaushik who has been working as an architect for the previous few years in several cities like Dubai, Mumbai and Bengaluru, left his job in 2019 to begin an architectural agency in Bengaluru.

“I used to remain in a rented home in my village with my mother and father. So, after I began my agency, I made a decision to fulfil my dream of constructing a sustainable home of my very own. My schooling and the expertise I gained over the interval made me realise that it’s important to decide on sustainability in our life,” architect Kaushik tells The Higher India.

In 2020, he constructed his dream home on 12 cents within the 4 acres of his ancestral land at Hanumanthanpatti, solely utilizing locally-sourced supplies most sustainably. “I used to be very explicit about constructing a sustainable home as a result of I really feel it’s excessive time to work in direction of decreasing the carbon footprint and that is my humble try at it,” says the 29-year-old.

The development supplies had been procured from areas inside a ten km radius of the home, says Kaushik who believes in staying near his tradition and roots. “I attempted to usher in regionalism, an architectural strategy the place your entire development will likely be based mostly on elements resembling local weather, geography and topography of the area,” he says.

Decreasing Vitality Consumption

Sustainable home constructed by architect Kaushik at his hometown in Theni, Tamil Nadu

Moreover sourcing supplies regionally, Kaushik says that he has constructed his home in such a method that, all through the day, there’s pure gentle inside the home. He additional explains, “I’ve tried my finest to make nature an enormous a part of my home. So, I used a number of passive photo voltaic designs and strategies that assist in offering daylight all through the day for lighting the interiors. It helped us cut back power consumption to an awesome extent.”

Aside from utilizing passive photo voltaic strategies, the home additionally makes use of photo voltaic power for every thing aside from a number of heavy-duty home equipment just like the washer, mixer grinder, and so on., says Kaushik.

He provides, “We’ve got minimize down the month-to-month energy consumption by round 70 per cent by utilizing photo voltaic power.”

The 3000-sqft home was constructed utilizing the rat-trap bond technique, launched by the British-Indian architect Laurie Baker, provides Kaushik. He additional explains it as a brick masonry technique of setting up partitions the place the bricks are positioned in a vertical place, which creates a cavity within the wall, thereby decreasing the variety of bricks and mortar used throughout development.

Architect Kaushik built his sustainable house using energy and cost efficient methods like rat-trap bond method, filler slab method etc
Architect Kaushik constructed his sustainable home utilizing power and price environment friendly strategies like rat-trap bond technique, filler slab technique and so on.

One other sustainable method tailored by him was the load-bearing method the place the partitions are constructed as an energetic structural factor of a constructing as a substitute of pillars. Kaushik explains, “The load-bearing method may be very price efficient. One other cost-effective technique I used was the filler slab method on the roof, the place we used terracotta supplies like mud pots, bowls, and so on. in between the concrete, thereby decreasing the load on the roof, decreasing the concrete quantity and offering higher thermal insulation.”

Speaking about air flow, Kaushik says, ”I’m very explicit about lighting and air flow. So I constructed an enormous courtyard proper in the course of the home which helps in lighting the interiors with pure gentle in addition to in maintaining the home cooler. I’ve additionally carried out cross air flow and the stack impact all through the home. These strategies assist in higher air circulation and thereby maintaining the home cooler.”

He provides, “It’s all the time 3 to 4 levels cooler than the surface and we don’t want an air conditioner inside the home,” says Kaushik.

Zero Waste Idea

For waste administration, Kaushik has arrange a biodigester soil tank as a substitute of a septic tank. He says, “I’ve carried out a zero-waste idea in my home. The biodigester tank degrades and converts human waste into water which we use for gardening functions, and the methane fuel produced is utilized in our kitchen.”

Moreover utilizing a biodigester tank, Kaushik has additionally arrange a biogas tank with a 10-litre capability dedicatedly for managing kitchen waste. “The biogas produces sufficient methane to generate good blue flames for at the least an hour a day,” he provides.

A rainwater harvesting system and a rainwater recharge effectively are additionally in place at Kaushik’s home. He says, “The rainwater amassing effectively has a capability of 10,000 litres and I’ve constructed one other effectively near the tank to gather the surplus rainwater that overflows from it, which is able to assist in recharging the groundwater ranges.”

Interior of architect Kaushik's sustainable house at Hanumanthampatti in Theni, Tamil Nadu
Inside of architect Kaushik’s sustainable home at Hanumanthampatti in Theni, Tamil Nadu

Kaushik’s home is called ‘Home of Gardens’ because it has tiny inexperienced patches on each nook and he says that one might catch a glimpse of it from wherever in the home.

The flooring of the home— utilizing crimson oxide and Athangudi tiles—was impressed by the Chettinad model of homes. “I sourced the Athangudi tiles from a close-by village known as Chinnalapatti. Athangudi tiles are handmade tiles and it offers a really easy end because it’s made on glass. I used to be very explicit about utilizing earthy tones in my home and Athangudi tiles added a particular attraction to it,” says Kaushik.

The home was inbuilt eight months for Rs 55 lakh. “The general price is less expensive than that of constructing a home utilizing standard strategies,” he says.

(Edited by Yoshita Rao)



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