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Art and Architecture 19

Being one among the future fraternities of architecture few terms and concepts such as Green Architecture, Sustainability, Deconstructivism, Bio-mimicry, smart buildings, Net Zero, GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment), Origami and few more terminologies and their concepts seems to be familiar which ain’t really. Many of these terms are correlated and have a similar meaning which differs or rather defined within a thin line… these terms sound simple which is not. They cannot be defined in a term but can be in many ways. One among them is the LEED rating.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a ranking of sustainable designs that are evaluated on the basis of its feasibility towards a go green concept. It is basically lead by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). The ranking will be revised according to the proposals. One such platinum rated structure, bags a place at the Manchester of South India – Coimbatore. On a broader vision globally 90,000 projects have LEED certification as per till date where the structure at Kallapatti, Sitra, Coimbatore – SIERRA holds second among them.
Talking about SIERRA, it is basically a 24,000 sq.ft structure out of which 18,732 sq.ft is air-conditioned. It houses about 150 employees from a software background. The team aims to create and join an eco-friendly software environment which has made it bag the pride of owning the greenest software development centre globally. The team makes an attempt to sustain its go green movement right from transport till the trash produced at work. As an attempt to minimize the carbon footprint, the team has set up its own mobile vehicle for its staffs and the food wastes are recycled and used as natural manures at their gardens. Besides being a team based on software solutions they also attempt to owe respect and payback as an honour to the mother Earth.
The smart building is designed in a way as such it sheds itself on weekends and after 6 pm every day. The building is termed as a smart building since it wakes and sheds itself consuming the minimum manpower and electricity. The design responds to its environment with the help of automatic sensors that adjust the comfort level of its users. It is achieved with the help of the developed uniquely coded apps by the team. Sensors are not only linked to the louvers and the conditioner but also to the solar panels on the facades and the terrace. The fact is that the solar panels serve at its best at 25 degree Celsius and in order to attain the maximum efficiency, they are attached to a separate sprinkler system which works with the help of sensors and maintains it at 25 degree Celsius. The building also supports solar vehicles and have provided charge stations at their stilt parking in a standard ratio.
Moving on to its planning..the building is symmetrically divided into two halves as the work and administration departments with the service core at its centre. Thus, the design directs us with a defined path according to our needs. The open deck acts a dining and a relaxation space for the users. To put it simply the building has put a step forward infusing the electronic world with nature which is still pertaining challenge for all the architects.


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