A modern home in India stays naturally cool without AC

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When Surat-based architect Ankit Parekh of Parekh Collaborative was asked to design a family home in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, one of the prerequisites was for a comfortably cool residence without air conditioning. In response, Parekh turned to ancient, low-tech methods for natural cooling, from decorative yet functional jali screens to stack ventilation. As a result, the house, named Rambaugh, maintains a temperature variation of 6 to 8 degrees year-round.

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This rammed earth home in India uses recycled materials throughout

When a family of six approached Indian architectural practice Wallmakers for a low-cost home, the architects saw the limited budget as an opportunity to innovate and experiment rather than a drawback. To keep costs low, recycled and natural materials were prioritized in their design of the Debris House, an approximately 2,000-square-foot dwelling that makes the most of its compact site. In addition to locally sourced materials, the eco-sensitive home includes a rainwater harvesting and recycling… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

These charming timber cabins in South India are a retreat for nature lovers

If your dream getaway involves nature excursions in a tropical environment, prepare to fall in love with the Cardamom Club resort in Thekkady, India. Recently renovated by Bangalore-based Kumar La Noce, this boutique resort now features a series of elevated cabins built mainly of sustainably sourced Bangkirai hardwood. Combining contemporary design with traditional elements, the 430-square-foot cabins rest lightly on the landscape and blend in with the verdant surroundings.

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Solar prices in India dip below coal

Solar power is soaring in India. A recent auction for 500 megawatts of capacity at Bhadla solar park in Rajasthan saw a record-low tariff of 2.44 rupees per kilowatt-hour (kWh) – that’s around four cents in dollars. Solar tariffs have plummeted by 25 percent in the past three months. But this isn’t all good news – there’s worry that as tariffs get so low, many solar projects in India could become unviable.

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India triples solar power capacity in three years

India’s solar power capacity has exploded over the past three years, growing from just 3,000 megawatts in 2014 to a current installed capacity of 10,000 MW in 2017. And that’s just the beginning of the country’s solar ambitions, with a renewable energy target of 175 gigawatts as soon as 2022. India’s government is working to further its ambitious goal already, with more than 14,000 MW worth of solar projects in the works, and another 6 GW set to go to auction soon. India expects to add a… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Solar-power system could provide clean drinking water in rural India for the first time

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