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GOING GREEN

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‘He who plants a tree, plants a hope’ – Lucy Larcom

I had posted a few photographs of our Corporate office on my facebook, recently. Many liked it and even commented on it. The building, comprising of 13 storeys and an area of 1.2 lakh sq ft in a 2 acre plot, was the realization of a dream. Born and brought up in picturesque Parappur, nature has always been close to my heart. Naturally, when we thought of building a Corporate office, I wanted it to be ‘green’ and eco-friendly. I, for one, do not believe that ‘development’ is all about creating concrete jungles. I pressed with my architect that each storey of the building should have a verandah on every side, lined with plants. The building should adopt energy efficient practices, use less water, generate minimum waste and reduce pollution. More importantly, it should contribute to the health and well being of my people.

Vennala, a suburb, was a conscious choice. It has almost become fashionable now to speak of fully air conditioned offices. Little do we think of the environmental damage. ‘Global warming’ threatens us; but, we are still hell bent on consumption rather than conservation. Consciously, we restricted air conditioning to less than 4% of the built up area of the building, leading to lesser power consumption. Each floor is surrounded by a two metre wide verandah lined with plants. These flower beds prevent the sunlight from hitting the walls directly. A roof top garden, with a lawn, serves as a dining and recreational space. Over the last two years, we have planted over 5300 plants. Our lawns extend to more than 2,700 Sq. ft. The plants are all irrigated by drip irrigation. Consequently, we do not feel the heat even in this hot summer. And it’s a treat to watch the plants in full bloom.

We do not even put on lights during the day. The building wall covers only about two feet at the top and bottom; the windows occupy the rest of the area, welcoming adequate light and air, inside.

The building does not need to depend on the Corporation for water. A rainwater tank harvests about 3.3 Lakh litres of water. We are purely dependant on this tank and a well for irrigation and drinking purposes. Even the tiles used to pave the walkways, have pores in them, to ensure that rainwater percolates into the ground. The hot water requirements are met by a 1,500 LPD (Litres Per day) capacity solar water heater. This is more than adequate to meet the needs of 13 guest rooms which can house 40 guests at a time.

It was no surprise that the building won the ‘Gold Leaf’ award for 2009-10 instituted by the Indian Institute of Architects, Kerala Chapter. I’m equally glad of the fact that people love to come to work here, in a soothing atmosphere, amidst blooms, greenery and the chirp of birds. Planting and nurturing trees and plants and watching them grow have always been a passion. The ‘Wonderla’ Parks at Kochi and Bangalore had partially satisfied that desire. I could take it one step further with this building. Save today for a better tomorrow!

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16 Comments on "GOING GREEN"


Guest
Vinod Nair
3 years 3 months ago

Dear Sir,

Good Evening,

Its really great to see and truly inspiring

Go Green Save Water and Trees

Guest
Ashok Raveendran Nadar
4 years 3 months ago

Sir,
its really one. going green. I am thinking about building which generates electricity for themselves. for all lighting and A/C usages. self sufficient buildings for electricity.

Guest
Jossy Varkey
4 years 3 months ago

Sir, It’s a great architecture. I visited your office once. Sitting in a cabin with out light & ac was unimaginable, but it was pleasant. Who is the architect? Even in March /April one person can sit without ac!! Great sir, I have seen many buildings/ houses fully closed without even a small window and we are putting all lights and ac through out the day.

Kochouseph Chittilappilly
Admin
4 years 3 months ago

Dear Jossy,
Mr.Roy Antony is the architect.
I too have seen people closing all windows and then putting on lights, draining our resources.
Hope this building inspires many.

Guest
Preethi Sukumaran
4 years 3 months ago

This is a very inspiring office Sir – would love to visit when I am in Kerala next.

Kochouseph Chittilappilly
Admin
4 years 3 months ago

Dear Preethi,
You are always welcome.

Guest
Jojo P joseph
4 years 3 months ago

i visited your office , we felt we reached in village, very cool atmosphire

Kochouseph Chittilappilly
Admin
4 years 3 months ago

Dear Jojo,
Nice to learn that you visited the office and liked it.

Guest
razeen
4 years 3 months ago

sir,
your have saved electricity in your corparate office in a efficient manner, but i would like to ask the question that actor Padmasree Jayaram has asked in film ‘Verthe Oru Barya’ that vegaland and wonderla is using much electricity in each rides and also exploiting much water .

Kochouseph Chittilappilly
Admin
4 years 3 months ago

Dear Razeen,

We recycle and do not waste a single drop .So also,we do not exploit water.

Guest
Bobin chandra
4 years 3 months ago

everyone is busy talking about green efficiency and only u implemented in real life.Proud to say people like you are still concerned about our environment around.i think their should be better awareness among people how to go green and to support our mother earth.hope this building is situated in kerala itself

Kochouseph Chittilappilly
Admin
4 years 3 months ago

Dear Bobin,
The building is indeed in Kerala;at Vennala,Kochi.

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G. SUBHRA ISAAC STEIN
4 years 3 months ago

Wow!!! Excellent. Really beautiful. Sir, again and again you are making history in Kerala. Malayalees are so lucky with you. Best wishes and advanced Easter greetings to you.

Kochouseph Chittilappilly
Admin
4 years 3 months ago

Dear Subhra Isaac Stein,
Thanks. Easter greetings to you.

Guest
Sebastine Chittilappilly
4 years 3 months ago

“All a green willow, willow,
All a green willow is my garland.”

Guest
sabir ahamed
4 years 3 months ago

May God give u more and more…..so inspiring …

 
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