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Adoption of ‘Responsible Living’ for Residential Project Design

January 7, 2011

Development Drivers

In a burgeoning megapolis like Mumbai, the residents and city administration are constantly dealing with the gap in urban infrastructure. The roads are always crowded, water & electricity are in short supply, public transport is stretched to seams, air quality is appalling and garbage is overflowing…not a pretty picture for the most expensive real estate proposition in India. While the citizens clamor for more fund allocation from government and conscientious spending on development plans, many action groups in the form of ALMS, Corporate Sponsors, NGOs and Real Estate Developers are contributing towards improvement in their capacity.

 

Areas of Improvement

Real estate project planning offers significant scope to create living spaces that promote “Responsible Living”. The areas of improvement are conservation of water and recycling of water, harnessing of solar energy and low energy consumption devices, effective solid waste management, provision for adequate green cover and use of environment-friendly construction material.

 

Water Conservation and Recycling of Water:

The many ways to achieve water conservation are rain water harvesting, use of dual-mode flush, recycling of water through a sewage treatment plant, utilization of recycled water for flushing and gardening, drip irrigation and limiting the open water body features.

Energy Conservation:

Energy conservation is achieved by means of harnessing solar power for lighting and heating water, use of low energy consumption light fixtures, better heat insulation of building walls & roof limiting loss of air-conditioning, common area & service utilities management through intelligent building management system. Better natural lighting can be achieved through building orientation, skylights and higher ventilation effectiveness.

Solid Waste Management:

Waste management infrastructure should be designed in coordination with local civic authorities for effective disposal and regular maintenance of civic infrastructure linked to the residential development. The apartment complex should be equipped with garbage collection mechanism (manual or through garbage chutes), garbage bin collection area and garbage collection truck loading bay. Vermicompost units could be provided in developments with large green cover to convert leaves / plant waste to manure.

Green Cover:

Urban settlements need to be augmented with green cover as part of property development to ensure natural process of environment cleansing. It also provides for a better quality of life by encouraging out-of-home activities for residents promoting better health and community living. It is desirable to plant foliage-rich trees in addition to lawns, and add variety to the landscape by having herb gardens, bio-ponds. Conservation of top-soil present on the plot of land for construction is also a meaningful effort towards promoting green cover.

Environment-friendly Building Materials

The choice of building materials for achieving an environment-friendly design is the prerogative of developer as a function of availability and project cost. The use varies from use of fly ash bricks, low-VOC paints, reflective glass & roofing materials, MDF Panels, FRP doors.

 

RNA Corp promotes ‘Responsible Living’Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon_RNA Corp_responsible living

RNA Corp has adopted the principles of Responsible Living in designing its new residential project RNA VIVA at Mira Road, Mumbai. The project presents nine multi-storey towers comprising of 2 BHK and 3 BHK apartments spread across around six acres of land providing luxurious lifestyle amenities. Residents of RNA VIVA are part of this initiative to promote ‘Responsible Living’ as they enjoy benefits of rain water harvesting, use of dual-mode flush, recycling of water through a sewage treatment plant, utilization of recycled water for flushing and gardening, drip irrigation. Energy conservation is assured by means of harnessing solar power for lighting open public areas, low energy consumption light fixtures, utilization of natural lighting through building orientation, skylights and higher ventilation effectiveness.

The project provides for garbage collection mechanism, garbage bin collection area and garbage collection truck loading bay, vermicompost units. The total green cover achieved is about 50,000 square feet with foliage-rich trees in addition to lawns, herb gardens and bio-pond. The construction uses fly ash bricks, low-VOC paints, reflective glass & roofing materials.

 

RNA Corp at Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2011

Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon_RNA Corp_Manoj John

RNA Corp strives to promote the concept of ‘Responsible Living’ by partnering with United Way Mumbai Helpline  – charity partner for the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon event. The support for the cause is demonstrated by ‘Clean-up Drives’ undertaken in a locality to be adopted by RNA Corp through a period of one year. It reinforces the corporate commitment to contribute towards development of localities which in turn benefits the residents of Mumbai.

 

Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon_RNA Corp

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