Come And Explore India’s First ‘Platinum’ Rated Green Home


The Raos are the proud owners of India’s first green home, rated ‘Platinum’ by LEED.
The Raos are the proud owners of India’s first green home, rated ‘Platinum’ by LEED.

CHENNAI: Today politicians, industrialists and developers advocate going green, but what truly strikes a chord is when ordinary folk adopt this successfully. Such as in the case of 79-year old UVK Rao, who has built India’s first green home, rated ‘Platinum’ by LEED.

 

Sun lamps and large windows keep the house well-lit throughout the day.
Sun lamps and large windows keep the house well-lit throughout the day.

 

An environment consultant by profession, UVK Rao believes that ‘Reduce, reuse, recycle’ is the way to go and his home in Chennai reflects that. Step into his home and the first thing you will notice is the beautiful and spacious corridor with a well-lit living room lit up by the sunlight streaming through the 100 windows spread across the building.

 

Packaged wood has been used to make most of the furniture in the house, reducing costs immensely.
Packaged wood has been used to make most of the furniture in the house, reducing costs immensely.

 

Nearly 90% of the materials used for construction were locally procured, including furniture made from packaged wood bought for just Rs 10 per kilogram. The extra cost incurred in constructing such a house is in fact 15% lesser than any other building of the same size!

 

Solar panels and heaters help the Raos meets their water and power needs
Solar panels and heaters help the Raos meets their water and power needs

 

The Raos do not have a metro water connection as their 50,000-litre capacity tanks and efficient rainwater harvesting system takes care of their needs. A 3.75Kw solar panel saves the Raos over Rs 35,000 per year and coupled with high-efficient LED bulbs, they pay absolutely no electricity bills!

 

The Raos say solar cooking makes their food taste more delicious.
The Raos say solar cooking makes their food taste more delicious.

 

They even use a solar cooker to make dal and rice, which the Raos say is much tastier than if made with a pressure cooker.

 

The Kalvazhi plant acts as a cleansing agent for the refuse that drains out of the house.
The Kalvazhi plant acts as a cleansing agent for the refuse that drains out of the house.

 

A 160-feet long trough along the compound wall is dotted with plants and the refuse from the kitchen and washrooms is let here. The home is an inspiration for each one of us to go green, reduce our carbon footprint and at the same time pad our bank account while living a healthy life.

 

Edited By Nikhil Narayan Sivadas

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