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When people talk about Green buildings, it is assumed they are eco-radical tree-huggers. But its
true. Green building technology can really help achieve sustainable development by reducing energy
consumption to a large extent and improving the return on investment by reducing maintenance.
When considering the economic benefits of smart technologies one must include many factors, such
as health cost, future economic stability, quality of life and costs of operation.

In India, Thiagaraj Convention Center in Chennai is one such place where green building
technology has been extensively used. Many of the building techniques can easily be adapted to
existing buildings. For example, the transition from incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent
light bulbs can lead to energy savings of upto 75% of costs. The small increase in initial costs to
purchase the bulbs would easily be recouped many times over by the savings and extended life of
the new bulbs.

Design Development
With the mushrooming if satellite towns and there down right demand of energy, lead to the
understanding of coming out with techniques to conserve and use the natural resources. The

To get enough exposure from the sun. The preconvention spaces along with the restaurant are around a central open space such that it avails controlled lighting. It is strategically located near the service entry only to allow easy transportation of materials for re decorating the interiors as per the need. Due to the flexi wall installed in the convention hall. hence form the base of design further giving direction to the concept of coming out with a structure on the lines of green building. Zoning Zoning of the entire convention has been done considering the sensitivity towards climate. Auditorium building at Thiagaraj Convention Center . the solar panels eventually giving double protection from the sun. the space can be transformed into a bigger area which can hold double the members required. the solar chimney is located in the south of the centre. Spaces which require ambient light and not glare like the exhibition spaces are hence placed north facing.inherent potential of the earth and various elements of nature. The Structure The convention hall is a space occupying 1200sqm spanned by a space frame made of steel and aluminum castings over which the frame support.

The front lobby serves as the main connecting space offering the view of all other spaces which form the structure. which stands out. The 50 guest rooms.The exhibition space is located in the ground floor with provisions of providing convenient options of interiors. near the solar chimneys though south facing have been provided with double glazed windows. The atrium and preconvention spaces experience the luminous effect brought by this system… . The natural draft created by the solar chimney sucks the stale air out without any effort which is done by the intelligent sensors that adjust the overhang and sunshades length according to the weather. Auditorium This acoustically efficient designed space can at once cater around 320 people. This is connected to the guest room placed in the south zone via an open space. which can be used for performances and for showing movies depending on the need of the moment. These louvers have an opaque reflective surface. A 30mm translucent polycarbonate panel is installed in between which has intelligent light controllers. a glass technology that produces uniform lighting throughout the year. is the flexible stage operation. Auditorium Special Features Control light system. The important feature.

The guest rooms treated with terrace gardens that reduce heat absorption in the building. It has hexagonal mat of fiber.Earth air tunnel The use of eco-friendly technology to save energy and the efforts to channel natural elements to their benefit has allowed them to develop a system. one collector powers 8-12 hybrid light fixtures which can illuminate an area of about 30-40 sqm. The mat prevents corrosion and the grass helps in controlling the heat intake by the roof. which can be integrated with the proper usage of space. Section . Earth-Air Tunnel It spreads over a large portion of the ground in order to effectively retrieve the coolness possibly gained by the earth. enclosing small gaps. . These rods spread light in all directions. A single holder holds 127 individual fibers each 3mm in diameter. The collector system focuses the sunlight into 127 optical fibers connected to hybrid light fixtures equipped with diffusion rods visually similar to fluorescent light bulbs. This technology uses rooftop mounted 1200mm diameter collector and secondary mirror to track the sun throughout the day. which are filled with soil to grow grass.Hybrid fiber optics uniformly distributes sunlight through a single point source.

green building technology is a net benefit to the consumer. In the long term. owners and neighbors. by reducing the carbon impact as well as reducing the energy costs.Green building offers us the chance to benefit everyone: residents. .