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Sustainability & affordability- together

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VBHC (Value and Budget Housing Corporation) is a real estate firm in the business of affordable housing has completed its maiden project ‘Vaibhava’ in Bangalore. The firm which believes that Sustainable living is a lifestyle that attempts to reduce an individual’s or society’s use of the Earth’s natural resources and his/her own resources plans to develop and offer homes that are high on ‘value’ and low on ‘budget’.

‘Vaibhava’ is strategically located on Chandapura-Anekal main road close to industrial areas such as Bommasandra Industrial Area, Jigani Industrial Area, Veerasandra Industrial Area, Electronic City, SIPCOT Hosur and Electronic City.

VBHC has made conscious choices towards sustainable development in all aspects of the project. Social and economic factors have been considered as the key drivers in an evolving processes and adopting innovations to achieve sustainability. Four broad principles have been evolved to guide sustainable development in the project in a mutually balanced manner.

Only 24% of the total area has buildings and over 33% of site area has Green Cover.

Biogas is used to generate power on-site and organic waste will be used as fuel for the biogas plant, to produce electricity. The digested waste and organic manure which comes out from the plant, is rich in nutrients and has good water retention capacity. Savings from power generation and manure sales revenue will offset maintenance costs by about 450 per home every year! Inorganic waste that is generated every day will be further segregated if needed and disposed to the various recycling units in the city.

In addition, 720 tonnes of landfill can be avoided, thus reducing 420 tonnes Green House Gas (GHG) emissions each year. A modified DEWATS sewage treatment plant that uses no chemicals and has very little mechanical equipment will reduce power consumption by almost 80%.

Use of fresh water will be monitored with meters resulting in a minimum of 10% savings in fresh water consumption.

Treated water from the STP will be reused for flushing, landscaping and car washing, which accounts for more than 20% of total water requirement. Rainwater harvesting will supply about 4% of total fresh water needs. Water efficient fixtures result in 34% savings.

Fresh water use in the VBHC community will be 53% lower than a typical residential project in India. Energy used in handling water will be at least 75% lower when compared to using municipal water.

Solar energy plays an important role for its Solar hot water system.

All street lights will run on solar panels with LED lamps, for long life and reduced battery size while Solar energy will be used for hot water systems.

Vaibhava homes have been designed with floor to ceiling openings in the living room for ample daylight and natural ventilation at all times. Spacing between buildings and their orientation is such, that even the lowest windows will get sufficient sunlight during the day.

Two colour coded bins are provided in each home and around the community, for disposing of wet and dry waste. An NGO is engaged to work with residents towards proper segregation and disposal of waste.Composite doors (made of eco-friendly wood substitutes) have been used in the homes which retain all the structural and aesthetic properties of wood based doors.

The developers have continued development on an additional 3.75 acres of contiguous land for green cover, car park for visitors, and more space for commercial and residential purposes.

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