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Net-Zero Development in Educational Campuses—A Case Study of Nalanda University Campus at Rajgir

Authors : Swati Sinha, J. S. Sudarsan

Published in: Sustainable Built Environment

Publisher: Springer Nature Singapore

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Abstract

Over the last few decades, the construction industry has seen a tremendous growth in understanding and adapting green ideas. Green concept is now permeating different environments including administrative campuses, convention centers, educational campuses, IT parks, leisure and entertainment centers, armed forces bases, religious institutions, etc., even though it initially started with individual buildings. In India, buildings in the education sector produce about 230 million tonnes more CO2 than what they use annually. As more institutional and educational advances take place, there is a sharp rise in the need for water, land, and other resources. Developing practical strategies for resource saving, energy and water conservation, and waste reduction are of growing interest to the researchers today. This paper aims to investigate the strategies and techniques used by Nalanda University in achieving net-zero waste, water, and energy in its new campus. The paper will also explain the effectiveness of these strategies in promoting sustainability and reducing environmental impact. When fully functional, it will become India’s first educational campus with net-zero emission. When complete, the Nalanda University will emerge as a model for other educational institutions in India, demonstrating them how to adopt the highest standards of energy efficiency and climate responsive design to lower their energy needs. The implementation of green concepts and practices on college campuses can help to address national issues with resource conservation, consumer waste treatment, water efficiency, and energy efficiency. Findings and practices from this case study have been proven to be crucial and efficient for lowering energy costs, improving users’ thermal comfort, and promoting environment-friendly construction methods. What counts most is how successfully these concepts can contribute to the health, pleasure, and wellbeing of their users.

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Metadata
Title
Net-Zero Development in Educational Campuses—A Case Study of Nalanda University Campus at Rajgir
Authors
Swati Sinha
J. S. Sudarsan
Copyright Year
2024
Publisher
Springer Nature Singapore
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-99-8842-6_15