The Abhikalpan Office in Indore, India is a 573m2 commercial office building providing work space for 65 occupants. Descriptive panels have been installed next to each of the building’s green design solutions explaining their contribution to energy, water or embodied energy in materials savings.
The building’s owner, tenant and architect, Manish Kumat of Abhikalpan Architects P Ltd., hopes the educational plaques and the building’s green design will encourage occupants to learn about environment friendly design and incorporate green practices into their daily routines. The Abhikalpan Office in Indore received final EDGE certification from GBCI.
Predicted Savings of EDGE Certification
Less Embodied Energy in Materials
Reduced window to wall ratio; reflective paint for roof; insulation of roof surface; higher thermal performance glass; variable refrigerant volume (VRV) cooling system; sensible heat recovery from exhaust air; energy-saving light bulbs for internal spaces; lighting controls for corridors and staircases; and solar photovoltaics.
Low-flow plumbing fixtures for washbasins and kitchens; rainwater harvesting system; and a black water treatment and recycling system.
Stone and ceramic tiles for floors; UPVC window frames; polystyrene roof insulation; and autoclaved aerated concrete blocks for external walls.
*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.