The Botanika, Gachibowli goes a step ahead in its commitment to serve the residents and environment alike; The Botanika is the only Platinum Certified Green Building Complex in Hyderabad.
For many people, the term “Green Building” translates as a marketing gimmick which the builders use in order to charge the buyer with a premium. I asked around to understand what the general public understands by a “Green Building” and to my surprise most of the people think that a green building is one that has a lawn in front of it. This is far from the truth. Indian Green Building Council is a national institute which sets down stringent rules by which a complex requiring certification needs to be developed so that its positive impact on the environment is maximised. Each project then goes through series of audits and then based on a strict rating system is qualified as Silver, Gold or Platinum, with Platinum being the highest rating.
What does this mean ? and how would it benefit me ? is what one would ask. So I went for a site visit to find out what are the key features that make The Botanika a Platinum Certified Green Building Complex, and was amazed by what I saw (project page). Below are some the features that stood out prominently from a list of more than a hundred were:
- Water Conversation – The Botanika has a separate storm water system that surrounds the complex and the basement as well. The capacity of the storm water tank is 20 thousand litres. This is separate from the rain harvesting tank which is an additional 20 thousand litres. This capacity has been designed considering above average per person water consumption.
- Treating Consumer Waste – IGBC encourages that the building complex segregate its waste and treat it so as to make it reusable. The Botanika has a state of the art sewage treatment plant which is capable of treating the waste of the entire complex (144 litres of treated water per person per day). What amazed me was that the treated water from the STP is connected directly to each toilet in the complex. As we know, the maximum wastage of water in any complex is the water lost in flushing toilets. This water will also be used for maintaining the landscaping. Thus reducing the need for fresh water and lower maintenance cost of the complex.
- Energy Efficiency through Natural Sunlight – As The Botanika is east – west facing with botanical gardens (a government protected land ) on one side there is natural sunlight available to all the apartments. The sunlight coming inside every apartment is then enhanced with the full length french windows. Due to this one would not need to use the internal lighting throughout the day.
- Water Softening and Treatment – The Botanika is also provided with a water treatment plant capable for providing the complex with 4 lakh litres of water per day. This water is then purified and treated to reduced turbidity and then pumped to each apartment.
- Breathe in Fresh Air, Always – Fresh outside air is pumped into each apartment via a series of ducts. This not only ensures that the carbon dioxide levels in the complex are maintained but also reduces the cost of cooling the fresh air in the winter season.
- Energy Efficient Air-conditioning – Each apartment has its individual air-conditioning unit based on the latest VRV technology. Connected to the home automation system, the airconditioning in the apartment is dynamically controlled to reduce energy cost while maintaining a comfortable temperature.
Essentially if one were to think of the long term, a well maintained and energy friendly complex like The Botanika, provides the returns in terms of continuous and incremental savings on your water and electricity bills. This is the primary focus of IGBC. Energy saved by a complex will directly translate into fuel saved when producing that energy and thus indirectly reducing the pollution caused in the process. With a platinum IGBC certification this is more than ensured and for the more environment conscious folks, The Botanika (firm website) is sustainability personified.