Nalanda University bags the GRIHA Council Exemplary Performance Award 2017
December 19, 2017
Nalanda University bagged two Awards at the Valedictory function of the 9 th GRIHA Summit
2017 in New Delhi on 19 th December. It received the GRIHA Council Exemplary Performance
Award -2017 for Integrated Water Management category and the First Runner Up Award for
Passive Architecture Design for achieving the sustainable goals and commitments towards
green building development incorporated in its building plan of its upcoming sprawling 455 acre
Net Zero University campus at Rajgir, Nalanda District in Bihar. The Vice Chancellor, Prof.
Sunaina Singh received the Award along with the team in a glittering ceremony held at the India
Habitat Centre in New Delhi. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (GOI) and The
Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) supported the GRIHA Council to host the Awards
Ceremony as a grand finale to the two day 9 th GRIHA Summit 2017.
Shri Durga Shankar Misra, Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Development and Dr. Ajay
Mathur President GRIHA Council were present amongst other dignitaries. GRIHA Council
(Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment), is an independent platform (registered as a
society) for the interaction on scientific and administrative issues related to sustainable habitats
in the Indian context.
The University campus is designed with unique water and energy system to achieve the goal of
SELF-SUSTAINABLE NET-ZERO CAMPUS by using indigenous, new and renewable energy
sources with the integration of various innovative technologies like Desiccant Evaporative
(DEVAP) cooling/heating technology, water and waste management and algae-based BIOGAS
operated Sterling engine, solar PV captive power plant and Decentralized Water Harvesting
Management (DeWAT) and other indigenous technology/ideas. The key sustainability features
for developing a Net Zero Campus include, net zero energy, net zero water, net zero waste and
net zero emission. This hybrid concept, new and renewable energy sources with the indigenous
approach and its integration with various innovative technology may set an example for other
upcoming projects/campuses and community construction models in the future.
The Nalanda University campus is envisaged as a campus of the future and positioned at the
forefront of global education has been planned to eventually accommodate a large number of
students and staff. While making a modern, state-of- the-art, comfortable and efficient campus
for its occupants and visitors alike, a whole palette of ideas has been mooted for developing an
energy efficient sustainable campus having Net Zero environmental impact.
The Nalanda University Project is registered with GRIHA Council, under Green Rating for
Integrated Habitat Assessment – Large Developments (GRIHA LD). The GRIHA Council has
reviewed the Project and recommended for GRIHA 5 Star rating.
The GRIHA Council during its 9 th Summit, in an attempt to recognize the exemplary ideas for
achieving sustainability and appreciate the initiatives/efforts of various project teams had
organized the GRIHA Exemplary Performance Awards-2017.
Key features in Integrated Water Management System of Nalanda University Project includes
the following –
- The design scheme collects, stores and extracts water using an array of water-bodies,
underground and above ground storage tanks. Alternatively, building from the
preliminary analysis of ground water conditions, the University has investigated a direct-
aquifer recharge/storage strategy for a common potable distribution scheme through the
water towers providing continual aquifer renewal. This is in conjunction with the water
bodies for all non-potable applications and bioremediation of grey water.
- The DEWAT-Decentralized Water Harvesting Management technology integrated with
all the services concerned and campus envelope is under development stage.
- After careful analysis of the terrain and the flooding pattern of the site we are creating a
manmade lake that feeds on a network of storm-water channels. By using water as the
main theme, the plan seeks to accentuate the existing pedestrian linkages between the
campus and surrounding villages.
- The different components of the campus are clearly articulated as interconnected
clusters grouped around the lake. All the buildings are positioned along the water
networks, thus creating a generative system that can grow in small increments. Each
cluster could be developed separately and independently. The balanced public space
structure, together with diverse program and sustainable infrastructure systems, create a
multi-layered identity for the campus.
- Approximately, 40 hectares of water network is under development stage which will be
able to cater to the requirement of a 7000 onsite population even up to three years of
draught. The collection and harvesting of rain water in different network as per the usage
(like drinking water, domestic usage and daily uses network) and recycling/treatment
and natural sedimentation process have been adopted. The natural AHAR and PINES
using its natural gradient/gravity system has been adopted to minimize the energy
required for the purpose of water transportation.
- The water bodies were excavated before starting the building construction works and
well before monsoon. Now, the collected rain water during monsoon is being utilised for
the building construction works at site.
- The integrated water network is under development stage and designed by optimization
of strategies at the building and site level. Building level strategies includes water saving
low flow fixtures, recycling and reuse of water that leads a project towards net zero
ground water consumption. Site level strategies include the innovative storm water
management scheme and rainwater harvesting techniques.
Key features in Passive Architecture Design of Nalanda University Project includes the following
- The master plan is designed inline of the adoption of bio-climatic design strategies, such
as orientation, day-lighting, shading design and natural ventilation, employed in the
project to maximize thermal, visual and acoustic factors, thus minimizing the demand of
artificial energy sources.
- The campus and its buildings are designed in passive architectural philosophy which will
help in decreasing the temperature inside the campus and balance the outdoor
temperature. The street layouts and buildings have been designed to provide minimum
obstruction to local wind flow (except for during unfavourable months as per the local
climatic and seasonal study report).
- The 455 acre of campus will have total built up area of only around 10 per cent and the
remaining parts are designed and articulated with green and natural water network. The
building orientations are designed to capture the indirect and diffused sun light which
helps in reducing the lower energy demand and natural illumination level inside buildings
during day time. The outer periphery is designed with inspiration of the world famous
ancient Nalanda University architectural philosophy. In place of thick wall there will be
hollow passage around the buildings integrated with most common veranda culture. This
will help in reducing the energy required for the lighting and air-conditioning insulations.
Prof. Sunaina Singh, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor – Nalanda University was extremely glad to
receive the Awards and reiterated the commitment of the Nalanda University towards
sustainable energy goals and contribute to the environment and goals of the government.