Saint-Gobain Infinity at Rail Nirman Nilayam, Hyderabad
The Rail Nirman Nilayam at Hyderabad, constructed by the South Central Railways, is the first project of the Indian Railways that has been registered for GRIHA compliance. Recipient of GRIHA's 3 Star rating and winner of IGBC's LEED-Gold certification, it will go down in the echelons of history as Indian Railways' first Green Building. Several factors come into play to give a building its 'green' status, not the least among which, is glass. In this project too, glass for green buildings makes it presence felt, loud and clear with Saint-Gobain's glazing solutions designed to ensure a role model in sustainability.
Spread over 7800 sqm with a built-up area of 4405 sqm, the Rail Nirman Nilayam has achieved a 36.5% reduction in energy consumption as compared to the GRIHA benchmark. How glass for green buildings assumes importance is gauged by the fact that the project was designed with 40 per cent glazing area, with two cutouts to give more lighting, leading to a considerable reduction in energy demand. The optimal design of lighting helped to save power to up to 20% when compared to buildings of a similar nature. Ar.Prabhakar of Sankalp Designer Group, Hyderabad, incorporated several features that went a long way in reducing energy consumption, like efficient water management, efficient use of resources during construction, installing solar modules, a solar generating grid, rainwater harvesting as well as decreasing the destruction of the surrounding ecology.
Saint-Gobain's EVO glass was used to glaze this first Green Building of the Indian Railways. It is a solar control glass that is energy-efficient and has thermal insulation properties in a single glazing application. It helps to maintain clear vision both during the day as well as in the night.
SGG EVO is especially designed to be a glass for green buildings. It has been ensured to be in conformance with the requirements of green buildings and ECBC (BEE) regulations. It has come to be relied on by buildings that are going in for the LEED/IGBC rating and TERI-GRIHA rating. It comes in lighter hues and at the Rail Nirman Nilayam, SGG EVO Green Aura (ET 425), was used, much in line with its 'green' building status.
Every time the Rail Nirman Nilayam at Hyderabad is spoken about, it will be mentioned as Indian Railways' first Green Building in the same breath. In much the same way, every time green buildings are spoken about, the role of glass will gets its due credit. As we move towards a sustainable world, let's pledge to ensure energy-efficiency in the materials we use, so every building that we make, will be a green one.