Terra Viridis

Green Building Design Services

Our objective is to aid architects in creating energy and water efficient built environments. We use cutting edge technological tools to develop innovative solutions that balance economic and environmental factors

Designing Buildings That Perform

We design for better performance from every angle. Our passion for sustainable design drives us to integrate successful green solutions into the planning, design, construction and operation of the buildings

Swati Puchalapalli

Swati is the founding partner and director of Terra Viridis, an environmental design consultancy that she started seven years ago. In the past seven years, Terra Viridis has worked across several sectors ranging from policy research to environmental consultancy for corporates, institutions and government agencies. Swati is a strong proponent of passive design as the first step towards sustainable design, constantly applying learning from local vernacular to new buildings. Terra Viridis works extensively with computer based building analysis to help architects throughout India make design decisions.

Swati is a founder member of ADaRSH (society formed by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Govt of India and Teri to promote sustainable design across India) She has also been appointed onto the GRIHA technical assessment committee (this committee refines and adjusts the GRIHA criteria – GRIHA is the Indian green building rating system)

She is a resource person for trainings on green buildings design around the country and also organizes training programs in south India for building professionals. Her company was awarded the title of GRIHA patron in 2012, for their work in encouraging green building design throughout the country.

Prior to starting Terra Viridis, Swati worked as an Environmental Consultant/Engineer at the well renowned environmental consultancy, BDSP partnership  (London). Her experience at BDSP was highly varied with projects located across the globe through Europe, USA, Middle East and even Antarctica. She has worked with some of the top architectural firms internationally such as Richard Rogers partnership, Norman Foster and Renzo Piano workshop on projects such as the National Welsh Assembly Building (Cardiff), Central Market (Abu Dhabi), British Antarctic Research Station and numerous office, hotels and apartment complexes across the globe whilst at BDSP (London)

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" sustainable design, future proofs your design "
Jeevan Mohan
" The best way to predict the future is to design it "

Jeevan Mohan

B.Arch from School of Planning & Architecture, JNTU Hyderabad, GRIHA LEED AP

  • M.Arch in Technology & Sustainable Design from University of Nottingham UK
  • Sustainable technologies being the core module of the study, Awarded special commendation Corus student award for environmental design in structures.
  • Specializes in Daylight & Sunlight assessment by means of computational analysis.
  • GRIHA accredited trainer & evaluator
Major Divya Pillai
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" Discipline leads you to success. Self discipline helps you to lead "

Major Divya Pillai

Major Divya Pillai LEED Green Associate, ICIOB, B.Arch (Sir J J College of Architecture), MSE International Construction Management and Engineering (Leeds, UK).

Major Divya has 9 years’ experience in Building design, Construction Project Management and instructional training.

Major Divya after completing her studies at Sir JJ College of Architecture Mumbai she worked with Upasani Design Cell (UDC) as an Intern. She then moved to Bangalore to work with Jaffer Design Studio (JDS) under Ar Jaffer Khan, RIBA. The fortunate exposure to Residential and Commercial Architecture and design along the backdrop of sustainability and green design concepts gave her the required impetus and knowledge to pursue the field later in life.

Major Divya joined the Army in 2005 as an Architect in the Corps of Engineers and since then has worked for 7 years with the Indian Army, having expertise in planning, execution and control of infrastructure based highly complex projects under challenging circumstances, with keen interest in design , development and estimation of project feasibility. She has also been actively involved in human resource management, logistics and training of troops and Officers in the field of construction activities of varying nature. She has also implemented projects that yield measurable results, including reduced tactical-planning cycle time, improved performance through organized and systematic planning methodologies, productivity gains through multiple change and formulating and revising standards to strengthen Army’s strategic management objectives. Her association with the Olive Green (Indian Army) was not only an eye opener but also a media for intense personality and leadership development. The Army tenure gave her confidence, courage of conviction, helped her imbibe discipline and moulded into her man management skills, communication skills, and technical engineering skills.

The Indian Army was definitely a path breaker and after completion of service in the uniform she went forth to complete a certificate course in Business Management from Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Indore. She thereafter also pursued further education from University of Leeds, UK successfully acquiring a Master’s degree in International Construction Management and Engineering. During her stay in the United Kingdom she effectively represented her country and University in group presentations and has also actively participated as a group in an International Real estate competition at MIT, USA. During her studies in India, UK and her experience in the Defence forces she has been inspired, instigated and motivated to be part of sustainability and green building technology. Major Divya then passed the USGBC LEED certification exam and presently is a LEED Green Associate. She is also pursuing a distance learning Graduate program in Construction Safety Management from National Institute of Construction Management and Research, Pune (NICMAR).

She is currently working with TerraViridis as a Senior Analyst involved in effectively suggesting the client best methods to obtain Green building rating systems. She is also involved in facilitating the process of Green building rating systems by effective co-ordination, team work and management between client, consultants and the organization.

Specializes in : Construction Project Management, Architecture and Green building rating systems.

 

Meghna Rao
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" Good design is sustainable. Great design is responsible "

Meghna Rao

A fondness as a kid towards nature and the admiration towards its beauty inspired me to dream of creating spaces and volumes around it. And so the journey set of towards creative edge during the schooling. This developed as the times passed and lead to

BACHELORS IN ARCHITECTURE, JNTU, Hyderabad, India. 2005-2010

During the course of my degree, I developed a real interest in environmental design issues.  I learned how  you could create  sustainable spaces to live, that not only where more responsible in their architecture but also didn’t compromise on your quality of life. At the end of my bachelors, I wanted to learn so much more about sustainable design and to learn what global best practices were.

Masters in Sciences-Energy &sustainable building design, United Kingdom 2010-2012.

The course encouraged me to look into the technical aspects like energy calculations, ventilation, day lighting etc. along with designing and re-designing spaces. I also got introduced into evaluating my work through computer based software’s. This further made me curious about making a career in sustainability.

Meghna currently works as a Senior Analyst involved in whole building performance studies and researching and studying cutting edge green technologies to be integrated into solutions for proposed sustainable buildings.

Vikram Narla
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" Earth is what we all have in common "

Vikram Narla

Vikram Aditya Narla, M.Arch (University of Auckland, Newzeland), B.Arch (Church of South India Institute of Tech.)

Vikram Aditya has been involved in the building industry for 5 years as an architect and Sustainable design consultant. His focus towards sustainable architecture took root during his participation in a winning competition entry that needed a sustainable approach in design.

Following his graduation, Vikram joined INTACH, (Indian National Trust for Arts and Cultural Heritage) a firm that was principally involved in conservation architecture for a brief stint. While there, Vikram was exposed to the conservative methods of architecture applied to the Tsunami affected shoreline buildings.

Vikram joined LANCO in 2008 as an Architectural management trainee, where he trained to review architectural drawings and coordinated between consultants and the top level management. Observing the lack of sustainable design practices and feeling the need to be educated in the same, Vikram pursued his Master’s degree at the University of Auckland, researching methods to implement sustainability in mainstream construction practices of the Indian building Industry. Through, self-learning various software related to energy analysis Vikram garnered the interest of his professors and assisted them in their research on residential and commercial energy conscious design. Vikram also tutored an entire batch of students, whose curriculum advised to learn various building energy analysis software. This background modeled Vikram’s perception to be an advocate of Sustainble design specifically in the energy use component.

He currently works as a Senior Analyst involved in whole building performance studies and researching and studying cutting edge green technologies to be integrated into solutions for proposed sustainable buildings

Sowmya Chinta
" Form follows function "

Sowmya Chinta

B.Arch, HITS College of Architecture, Hyderabad, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Hyderabad

M.Arch in Interior Architecture and Design – CEPT University Ahmedabad – ( specialization in Energy efficiency and sustainability)

 

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" sustainable design is the best "

Shatakshi

Not only do we help our clients effectively manage environmental resources and minimize environmental impacts, we also conduct our own operations in the most sustainable manner possible. As a business, we are committed to reducing our impact on the environment, as reflected in our sustainability vision statement

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" green is best "

Shoeb

Not only do we help our clients effectively manage environmental resources and minimize environmental impacts, we also conduct our own operations in the most sustainable manner possible. As a business, we are committed to reducing our impact on the environment, as reflected in our sustainability vision statement

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" green design makes sense "

Anupama

Not only do we help our clients effectively manage environmental resources and minimize environmental impacts, we also conduct our own operations in the most sustainable manner possible. As a business, we are committed to reducing our impact on the environment, as reflected in our sustainability vision statement

Our Vision

We will be innovative and proactive leaders in sustainable building design. We believe that achieving a sustainable balance between humanity's social, economic, and environmental needs is essential in providing a healthy planet for future generations. .

Helping You to Make Design Decisions

Our experienced team offers sustainable design strategies, energy analysis, green building certification, sustainability analysis upgrades for existing structures and training on GRIHA certification

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Hyderabad 500025
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Infosys SDB 2 – Hyderabad

Infosys SDB 2 – Hyderabad

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Client: Infosys Ltd
LEED Platinum

Infosys SDB 2 – Hyderabad

Key features -

Water efficiency: Efficient plumbing fixtures and the use of recycled waste water has resulted in 51.53 percent less water consumption than LEED baseline requirements.

Energy efficiency: An efficient building envelope, energy-efficient lighting and Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system help this building exceed the global American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) standards by 48.3 percent.

Green power: A 400KW solar plant installed in the Pocharam campus generates 7 lakh units per annum; thereby reducing reliance on the grid.

Efficient day lighting: The buildings have been designed with highly efficient day lighting systems, removing the need for artificial lighting during the day. This has been done with the help of light shelves, narrow floor planes, and reduced window-to-wall ratio.

Biodiversity: More than 6,000 native trees were planted last year to improve the biodiversity of the campus.

Environmental Building Initiative for Hyderabad (India)

Environmental Building Initiative for Hyderabad (India)

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Client: Hyderabad Metropolitian Development Authority

Environmental Building Initiative for Hyderabad (India)

Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) has taken this initiative to draw a vision for a sustainable Hyderabad. The existing system of guidelines and building regulations were prepared with a piecemeal approach and a strong need was felt to improve the building guidelines in an integrated manner, in pace with the best international practices.

The broad vision behind this initiative is to develop guidelines and regulations for environmental sustainable building design, construction and operation; to promote and integrate sustainable practices and facilitate in providing an affordable and higher quality environment for the residents.

Objective

  • Assess present and future environmental issues in the building industry with a focus on urban development in the city
  • Provide an affordable and higher quality environment for its habitants
  • Promote and integrate sustainable building practices as it benefits both current and future generations
  • Formulate guidelines and regulations in building design, construction and operation for a balanced and sustainable built environment
  • Facilitate integration of the community in sustainable development of Hyderabad
  • Educate people in removing the false notion that environmental building design equates to higher building costs
  • Create awareness among public utility agencies, building professionals and users to introduce sustainable planning and design features in their buildings and site planning
Manipal International University – Kuala Lumpur

Manipal International University – Kuala Lumpur

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Client: Manipal Group
LEED Platinum

Manipal International University – Kuala Lumpur

Why Manipal University is Building Green ?

Manipal University believes universities have an accountability to the future. A special responsibility to address challenges as large as climate change by imparting sustainable values to the decision makers of tomorrow.

Building green demonstrates our commitment to sustainability and gives us enormous peace of mind in knowing that the structures we are building are better for the environment, are healthier for the occupants and save money over the long term.

Environmental Benefits

Our buildings are designed to use energy and water in a significantly, more measurable, efficient way than conventionally designed buildings.
Our buildings also reduce their waste streams during construction

Student & Teacher Benefits

Our Malaysian campus is being designed with strategies and technologies that aim to improve the quality of indoor air, which could lead to improved student health, test scores and faculty retention.
The new school of engineering has better lighting, temperature control, improved ventilation and better indoor air quality then a conventionally designed building
We want to develop environmental consciousness among staff and students alike.

Financial Benefits

Cost savings are most likely to be fully realized when incorporated at the project’s conceptual design phase with the assistance of an integrated team of building professionals. The integrated systems approach aims to design the building as one system rather than a collection of potentially disconnected systems

The campus is being developed in phases over five years, with a student capacity of over 20,000 once it is completed. School of Engineering is now open for admissions. www.miu.edu.my

Client: Manipal Global Education Services. – (Bangalore)
Architect: Atsa Architects Sdn Bhd – (Kuala Lumpur)
Green Building Consultants: Terra Viridis – (Hyderabad)
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Cyberjaya Mosque – Malaysia

Cyberjaya Mosque – Malaysia

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Client: The Government of Selangor / City of Cyberjaya - (Malaysia)
Green Building Design

Cyberjaya Mosque – Malaysia

Green design concept with contemporary façade design to project Islam as a progressive religion.

Central Courtyard to aid natural ventilation.

Sculptural Minaret to be focal point of the mosque.
Building positioning to compliment the future University Islam Malaysia Complex.
Energy efficient and designed to maximize the use of natural ventilation.

Cyberjaya Mosque – Client The Government of Selangor / City of Cyberjaya – (Malaysia). Architect ATSA – (Kuala Lumpur). Green Building Consultants Terra Viridis – (Hyderabad). Image courtesy of Architect ATSA – (Kuala Lumpur)

Infosys Indore Software Development Block

Infosys Indore Software Development Block

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Client: Infosys Ltd
Energy Efficient Design

Infosys Indore Software Development Block

The new 130-Acre Indore campus will make a strong statement in both its architectural style and sustainable design principles.
Infosys believes sustainability is the key driver of innovation. They are future proofing their campus master planning and building designs. A strategic choice to consider tomorrow today by being able to adapt to both the foreseeable and unforeseeable consequences of climate change.
• North / South orientation of buildings,
• Maximum day light penetration.
• No blinds or curtains provided as Infosys expect 90% of the floor plate to be naturally lit between 9AM – 5PM
• Climate Sensitive Design with utmost respect for regional influences.
• Zero Discharge Campus
• Extensive use of renewable sources of Energy

Client Infosys – (Indore). Architect Edifice – (Mumbai). Green Building Consultants Terra Viridis – (Hyderabad). Image courtesy of Architect Edifice – (Mumbai)

Infosys SDB 4 Hyderabad

Infosys SDB 4 Hyderabad

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Client: Infosys Ltd
Energy Efficient Design

Infosys SDB 4 Hyderabad

Minimal solar gains, zero glare, optimally insulated envelope, very efficient daylight controlled lighting, efficient systems etc helped in reducing heat gains in the building.

 

This coupled with radiant slabs and very efficient chillers make this building 60% more efficient then a conventionally designed similar building. The client did not spend any extra on his construction costs. Extra expenditure in certain areas were recouped by savings through optimized design in other areas

 

Building is N and S facing with a relatively low window to wall ratio of 35% and the glazing is fully shaded from the outside from 9am to 4pm.

It seems like full glazing from the outside but a large portion up til the sill level is o pacified and insulated glass. Additionally, high performance specially selective glazing has been used.

Manipal University – Jaipur

Manipal University – Jaipur

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Client: Manipal Global Education Services. – (Bangalore)
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GRIHA

Manipal University – Jaipur

Manipal University’s Jaipur campus is being designed to be a LEED  and GRIHA rated project. When completed, the campus will accommodate 20,000 students and will have an engineering college, a medical college and facilities for postgraduate studies.

It will also house administrative buildings, state of the art research facilities, workshops, labs, library, and residential facilities.

Terra Viridis is working on this project as energy consultants assisting the architects in integrating passive design strategies such as improved daylighting, optimising external shading solutions, better natural ventilation, maximising mixed mode ventilation and night cooling, etc. with the objective of making the campus significantly comfortable in the otherwise harsh weather of Jaipur while ensuring maximum energy reduction.

To do this, Terra Viridis is undertaking glare analysis, daylight studies and dynamic thermal analysis. Terra Viridis has also been appointed as LEED and GRIHA facilitators in order to assist the design team in achieving the required rating

MUJ is having the best of in-class infrastructure, including state-of-the-art research facilities and modern library. In line with Manipal University’s legacy of providing quality education to its students, the campus uses the latest in technology to impart education. Jaipur, being one of the fastest growing cities in India, has increasing demand for quality higher education in the region. Following an allotment of 127 Acres of land at Dehmi Kalan village near Jaipur, the permanent campus of the University has come up at a fast pace and is by far one of the best campuses in the region.   The multi-disciplinary university offers career-oriented courses at all levels, i.e., UG, PG and doctoral and across diverse streams, including Engineering, Architecture, Planning, Fashion Design, Hospitality, Allied Health Sciences, Humanities, Commerce, Management, Communication, Basic Sciences, Fashion Design and Jewelry Management, etc. Some PG programmes are also available in the research mode

B.M.S. Engineering Campus – Bangalore

B.M.S. Engineering Campus – Bangalore

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Client: BMS College of Engineering
LEED
GRIHA

B.M.S. Engineering Campus – Bangalore

Coming soon a new green campus in the heart of Bangalore. Client: BMS College of Engineering (Bangalore) Architect: Sundaram Architects ( Bangalore). Green Building Consultants: Terra Viridis (Hyderabad) & VeraTatva Engineering Consultants LLP (Hyderabad)

Infosys Initial Campus Masterplan Phase 2 Hyderabad

Infosys Initial Campus Masterplan Phase 2 Hyderabad

Client: Infosys Ltd

Infosys Initial Campus Masterplan Phase 2 Hyderabad

Phase 2 of the Infosys campus at Pocharam (Hyderabad) is planned to accommodate 11000 employees and will include food courts, sports facilities, leisure facilities and office accommodation.

Terra Viridis has been involved right from the conceptual design stage in developing a scheme that would maximise natural ventilation where ever possible while optimising day lighting and minimising glare.

Irradiation studies and wind flow analysis were undertaken at the master-planning stage to rationalise the form and orientation of the building blocks. We wanted to ensure adequate levels of wind-flow at pedestrian levels thus avoiding wind tunnels and still air zones and to facilitate for proper integration of passive design strategies such as night cooling, fresh air courts etc.

The next stage of design will include detailed design of each of the 10 blocks through extensive daylight modelling and dynamic thermal modelling. Our aim is to exceed the environmental design benchmarks set by Infosys. Maximise energy savings while ensuring high levels of thermal and visual comfort for the occupants

The main aim of the project is to introduce natural ventilation through a large part of the building and to ensure that it remains comfortable through most of the year without the use of air conditioning. This is being done through extensive dynamic thermal modeling for natural ventilation, mixed mode ventilation and air conditioning. Low energy cooling strategies such as direct and indirect evaporative cooling and cooling though extensive use of vegetation is also being analyzed

Client: Infosys

Built-up area: 1.35 million Sq.Ft.

Architect: Sundaram Architects, Bangalore

Infosys SDB5 Hyderabad

Infosys SDB5 Hyderabad

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Client: Infosys Ltd
Energy Efficient Design

Infosys SDB5 Hyderabad

This building combines high performance and efficiency without compromising on aesthetics. This building is modern but embodies the principles of responsible architecture.

This building is one of the most energy efficient in India but did not cost the client any extra to build.

This building is perfectly day lit between 9am to 5pm, meaning there are no blinds or curtains provided.

Users across the floor plate are visually comfortable between those hours thus don’t need to switch on any artificial lighting. This is SDB-5 Hyderabad. Client: Infosys. Architect: Sundaram Architects ( Bangalore). Green Building Consultants: Terra Viridis (Hyderabad)

Food Court – Indore

Food Court – Indore

Client: Infosys Ltd

Infosys SDB 3 – Hyderabad

Infosys SDB 3 – Hyderabad

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LEED Platinum

Infosys SDB 3 – Hyderabad

Key features

Water efficiency: Efficient plumbing fixtures and the use of recycled waste water has resulted in 51.53 percent less water consumption than LEED baseline requirements.

Energy efficiency: An efficient building envelope, energy-efficient lighting and Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system help this building exceed the global American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) standards by 48.3 percent.

Green power: A 400KW solar plant installed in the Pocharam campus generates 7 lakh units per annum; thereby reducing reliance on the grid.

Efficient day lighting: The buildings have been designed with highly efficient day lighting systems, removing the need for artificial lighting during the day. This has been done with the help of light shelves, narrow floor planes, and reduced window-to-wall ratio.

Biodiversity: More than 6,000 native trees were planted last year to improve the biodiversity of the campus.

Manipal County Training Facility

Manipal County Training Facility

Manipal County Training Facility

Manipal County (Bangalore) – Designed by Architect Hafeez Contractor (Mumbai) This office and hotel complex will be rated under both the LEED and GRIHA rating systems.

Terra Viridis are the environmental consultants for the project, we aim to maximize both resource efficiency and user comfort.

In addition to providing green building facilitation, we provide shading design analysis, daylight analysis, thermal analysis, water and storm water management advice, waste management and site services management advice.

Building envelope has been optimised in terms of glazing type and shading, wall types to provide better thermal and visual Comfort. The fenestration has been designed by the architects in collaboration with Terra Viridis to ensure 100% shading during the hot months and high levels of daylight.

Institute of Public Enterprise

Institute of Public Enterprise

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Client: Institute of Public Enterprise

Institute of Public Enterprise

The Institute of Public Enterprise, a premier business school in the city, is likely to shift to its new campus at Shamirpet from the Osmania University premises, its director RK Mishra has said.

With a vast experience of imparting knowledge in various aspects of management, the Institute of Public Enterprise (IPE) gears itself to reach the pinnacle in management education and emerge as the ultimate institute for research and teaching in management.

The Institute, which had trained 30,000 public sector executives and 2,000 IAS officers in various facets of management from its campus in the Osmania University in the last 50 years, is now expanding its activities in both research and training.

‘’Business enterprises and institutions the world over are consciously transforming themselves into learning organisations and knowledge societies, driven by an awareness that knowledge productivity is fast becoming the prime mover of economy,’’ Prof RK Mishra, director of the IPE, said.

To cater to the increasing needs of the institute, a new sprawling campus at Shamirpet is being added to the existing one. ‘’Infrastructure and growth are symbiotic. Now IPE will have best infrastructure a management school has to offer,’’ says Rama Rao.

The new campus at Shamirpet will have academic and administrative blocks, hostel facilities for boys and girls along with food courts

Since its inception in 1964, IPE has been on the path of excellence to realise the dream of its founders SS Khera, VV Ramanadham and DS Reddy to emerge as the centre, where systematic and sustained study of issues relevant to formulation, implementation, review, monitoring of policies and programmes concerning public enterprise takes place.

Briefing newsmen here on Monday on the occasion of the institute’s 50th anniversary, he said that the institute had grown leaps and bounds over the years. “To cater to our ever-expanding work in the research, education and consultancy wings, it has become necessary to have a bigger campus,” he explained.

The new campus, spread over 22 acres of land, is surrounded by a reserve forest on one side and the famous Shamirpet lake on the other, giving it a peaceful and picturesque ambience, he said.

Construction is in its final phase and the new campus is expected to be ready by February next and classes will commence in June.

“The upcoming campus will be absolutely environment-friendly. It is designed keeping in view various environmental aspects and it has been validated by Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment, an international body that certifies constructions based on various parameters,” Mishra said.

According to a survey conducted by Global Human Resource Development Centre, New Delhi, the institute stands seventh among the government business schools and 18th among both public and private business schools in the country, he claimed.

Speaking about IPE’s achievements in the last 50 years, Mishra said the institute had contributed greatly in research to various ministries in the Centre. “It is no exaggeration to say that we are connected to every ministry in the Union government. A case in point is that we have done and continue to do seminal work in relation to corporate governance issues under the ministry of corporate affairs.”

As per senior faculty member SK Mathur, the institute is striving for recognition of its postgraduate diploma courses as being equivalent to an MBA degree. “The All-India University Association has agreed to give recognition this effect and we will receive it shortly,” he said.

Residential Campus – Jaipur

Residential Campus – Jaipur

Residential Campus – Jaipur

The concept of these hostels is to keep it low rise, dense and organic, to take advantage of the environmental benefits of local vernacular architecture.

Several irradiation mapping and wind analysis studies were undertaken to ensure all the courtyards and alleyways were shaded to a great extent so that they can act as ‘cool air ponds’. Importance was given to comfort at pedestrian level by ensuring cool shaded courtyards, corridors and alleyways with slight breezes.

Wind analysis helped in creating a network of enclosed courtyards with carefully located corridors that will allow for cool breezes to flow through in mid season and winters while keeping the harsh hot summer winds out.

Different shading devices were designed for different levels and orientations that helped in adding interest to the facades

Manipal University Hostels (Jaipur) – Designed by Architect Hafeez Contractor (Mumbai) Terra Viridis (Hyderabad) are the environmental consultants.

Orphange / Help Centre for Aarti Home

Orphange / Help Centre for Aarti Home

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Client: Vijay Foundation Trust

Orphange / Help Centre for Aarti Home

Aarti Village is the new campus for Vijay Foundation Trust, an NGO based in Kadapa working towards the eradication Girl Child Abandonment, female foeticide and Infanticide for the past 20 years.

To accommodate their ever expanding activity base, the government of Andhra Pradesh gave them 2.5 acres of land in Kadapa. Aarti Village is designed to accommodate an orphanage for 100 children based on the SOS concept of Housemothers and cottages for every 15 children.

It also accommodates a Women’s short stay home for about 100 women, a Women’s support centre, a fair trade self-help unit, multipurpose halls, director’s accommodation, a small medical unit, volunteer’s accommodation etc.

The village is completely naturally ventilated with minimal requirement for air conditioning and artificial lighting. The reed bed water recycling system and rainwater collection system will take care of more 50% of the campus’s fresh water requirement. Onsite organic waste composting using deep burrow earth worms will provide a safe way to recycle organic waste and highly nutritive compost for landscaping.

The present near barren land will have local native trees and shrubs that will attract the local fauna. All building materials will be sourced locally and where ever possible recycled material will be used

Employee Care Centre – Hyderabad

Employee Care Centre – Hyderabad

Client: Infosys Ltd

Employee Care Centre – Hyderabad

The employee care center at the Infosys Pocharam campus is a multi-functional mixed used building with a gym, bowling alley, badminton courts, squash courts, an indoor cricket pitch, table tennis courts, a library, classrooms, faculty rooms, shops etc. along with accommodation facilities spread over 18 floors.

A large part of the building is ventilated in a mixed mode manner with natural ventilation being the primary mode through most of the year.

Even during peak summer, all the bedrooms will be provided with air conditioning only after 6pm. Day lighting strategies for the 2 podium levels are being designed and analyzed to ensure adequate day lighting in all the usable spaces.

As the rooms will be air-conditioned only in the evenings, studies are being conducted on minimizing peak loads, reducing annual energy demand and ensuring comfort for users when they occupy the rooms in the evenings.

Rex Cinema – Bangalore

Rex Cinema – Bangalore

Rex Cinema – Bangalore

The iconic Rex cinema in Bangalore is to be redeveloped into a state of the art four screen multiplex and shopping mall.
Rex cinema will be designed in a sustainable manner. Using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout the building’s life-cycle: from siting to design, construction, operation and maintenance.

Architect Thomas Associates – (Bangalore).
Green Building Consultants Terra Viridis – (Hyderabad).

School of Engineering

School of Engineering

Food Court – Chennai

Food Court – Chennai

Food Court – Chennai

Food Court 3 is the latest edition to the Infosys campus in Chennai.

Terra Viridis is conducting shading studies and dynamic thermal analysis on FC3 to optimize the design to arrive at the most efficient option for the facade.

The aim is to maximize indoor comfort, minimize solar gains and minimize mechanical ventilation and cooling loads

History

In the brief span of seven years since our formation , we have created a presence for ourselves in India as a respected environmental consultancy. Our projects range from policy research and strategizing implementation for Urban Local Bodies to environmental consultancy for corporate clients and training professionals in environmental building design principals.

In recognition of the work we have been doing in Hyderabad we were invited to be one of the 28 founder members of ADARSH, a society started by TERI and Ministry of New and Renewable Energy to promote the Indian green building rating system GRIHA.

In further recognition of services to the Indian green building movement, TERI and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (Govt. of India) have awarded Terra Viridis the title of Patron of GRIHA in 2012.

We are also a member of the Technical Advisory Committee for GRIHA and have been invited to several consultation meetings of on the formulations and promotion of ECBC, sustainable buildings etc. by TERI and MNRE.

The main promoters of Terra Viridis have a combined experience of more than 25 years in various areas design consultancy, environmental policy research & sustainable developmental planning in India, Europe, UK, USA, and Middle East. With this international experience and partnerships, we facilitate knowledge transfer from various countries around the world and other states in India that have had a robust history in environmental urban design, research and policy making.

Jun 19 2014

Infosys wins Ashden Award 2014

  India’s fast-growing economy is making ever greater demands on its electric gr

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Infosys wins Ashden Award 2014

 

India’s fast-growing economy is making ever greater demands on its electric grid. Global IT giant Infosys is leading the way to more sustainable growth, decreasing electricity consumption per staff member by 44% across its Indian business campuses. Success lies in seizing every opportunity to reduce energy consumption in its existing buildings – from reducing the size of chiller plants for air conditioning, to painting roofs white to reflect the heat.

Cutting-edge design of new buildings also helps keep offices cooler and maximises natural light. With a phenomenal $80 million cut off its electricity bills, Infosys has made an unassailable business case for large companies to invest in energy efficiency – not just in India but across the globe

 

http://www.ashden.org/files/Infosys%20front%20page%20finalist.pdf

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Green Building Design Consultants. We design for better performance from every angle.

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Mar 07 2013

How We Work With Infosys

Infosys is a company that hires 40,000 new people per annum and builds 3 million squa...

Mar 07 2013 By: sareddy 0 Comments

How We Work With Infosys

Infosys is a company that hires 40,000 new people per annum and builds 3 million square feet annually to accommodate them.

To create a sustainable tomorrow – Infosys had to imagine a new way to build.

  • They had to take an unreasonable approach.
  • They had to set unreasonable goals.
  • They had to demand unreasonable innovations.

Over the last four years, Infosys implemented an integrated design approach where the entire team of architects and consultants took on common goals and worked as one team from the beginning, thereby stimulating new ideas and thought processes. With this approach, the company was able to redefine benchmarks.

Results

In comparison to their 2007 -2008 building baselines

  1. Electricity consumption has been reduced by 32%
  2. Water consumption by 23%
  3. GHG emissions by 25%,

http://www.infosys.com/sustainability/green-innovation/Pages/sustainable-tomorrow.aspx

“Sustainability is an opportunity” Mr Kris Gopalakrishnan – Co Founder and Executive Co – Chairman

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Sustainable Design

  • Environmental Building Design
  • Sustainable Masterplanning
  • GRIHA / LEED Faciltation

Environmental Policy Research

  • Sustainability policies for companies and management training
  • Development of CSR Initiatives

Green Design Training

  • GRIHA Training Programs
  • Efficient HVAC Training Programs

Green Building Certification

  • GRIHA
  • LEED India
  • LEED US
  • Training design team on certification

Our sustainable design approach is to design low environmental impact built environments that respond to their natural surroundings where ever possible without compromising on the end user’s quality of life.

Our design methodology can be summarised in 3 steps, firstly to reduce demand through building design, secondly to minimise wastage through efficient low energy systems and finally to maximise supply through renewable sources.

Green Building Design

Passive solar design
Façade design
Renewable energy applications
Water Efficiency
Waste water management
Solid Waste management

Sustainable Retrofits
Energy Monitoring and Audits
Feasibility analysis for retrofitting
Retrofitting design for Energy conservation,
Water conservation

Building Performance Analysis

Using Advanced Computer Simulations
Dynamic thermal Simulations for A/C, Non A/C and Mixed mode buildings
Lighting Simulations
Daylight Analysis
Glare Analysis

Future Proofing Design

Green Master planning
Site layout planning
Water Conservation
Ecological Coservation
Pollution Control