Permanent campus architectural design, receives coveted GRIHA awards
IIT Bhilai campus architectural design, received the GRIHA Exemplary Performance Award in the categories of Passive Architecture Design & Energy Management and was runner up in Integrated Water Management. The award was announced at the 12th GRIHA Summit on December 15-16, 2020 with the theme "Rejuvenating Resilient Habitats”.
GRIHA is a rating tool that helps assess the performance of buildings against nationally acceptable benchmarks. It evaluates the building’s environmental performance holistically over its entire life cycle, with the rating system based on nationally and internationally accepted energy and environmental principles.
IIT Bhilai’s fully sustainable and energy efficient water-front campus will adhere to the norms required for GRIHA 5-star rating. The state-of-the-art campus will adopt cutting-edge methodologies to reduce disruption and retain natural resources such as water bodies, flora and fauna. The orientation of the buildings as well as the use of insulated walls and glassware will supplement the liveability of the buildings within the existing natural habitat.
The proposed campus will have 100% LED based light fixtures and high efficient electrical equipment to minimize energy consumption. Its rooftop solar panels will generate enough power to meet 30% of its requirement and will further reduce the demand from the grid with the help of Campus Level Building Management System (BMS) integrated with SCADA. The central air conditioning plant will also provide air conditioning to the student hostels at night.
The campus will have a network of water bodies that will retain overflow during the rainy season. The landscape along these water bodies will form micro climate zones conserving the natural conditions of the locality. In addition, the campus will have net zero water run-off with zero waste discharge and zero sewage discharge. Besides securing the prestigious GRIHA awards, these and other features will ensure that the IIT Bhilai permanent campus becomes a futuristic model for all higher education institutions to come.