Indira Paryavaran Bhawan, the office premises for India’s Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, is India’s first net-zero building. Bursting with eco-friendly initiatives, it serves as an example to future sustainable architecture.
The architects achieved effective ventilation by building the structure in an East-West direction. Plus, the window placement has been optimized so that 75% of the daylight is used, cutting down on the need for artificial lighting.
A significant 40% energy reduction was made by the use of ‘chilled beam’ air conditioning, which involves cooling the air with convection currents. What’s more, the earthquake-resistant structure is built from renewable materials including bamboo jute composite and fly ash bricks — and there’s even solar panels installed on the roof.