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PAPER CUTS Upcycle waste paper to create a wide range of home décor products
PAPER CUTS Upcycle waste paper to create a wide range of home décor products

Don’t trash them

Here’s how to give used wrapping paper, scrapbooks and old newspapers new life, says Teja Lele Desai »

Go local is the mantra

Angela Brady, director, Brady Mallalieu Architects, London, tells Nidhi Adlakha why we need to focus on creating sustainable cities with low carbon footprints »
Solar water heaters have emerged as an effective alternative to the electric geyser, with 300 sunny days in a year in most areas of India.

Options for hot water

Energy consumed in heating water may not appear like a major problem, compared to industries, but thousands of homes each with 2 or 3 heaters may surpass many industries in energy consumption. »
During composting, organic matter breaks down into nitrogen and carbon, and when these two are balanced, you get compost.
February 27, 2015

The ABC of composting

Every week, newspapers carry articles about the smog at Pallikaranai and Perungudi, created by the trash burning in the landfills. Sadly, more than 80 per cent of the waste is organic, which can be... »
Environmental engineers therefore advise building owners to opt for balanced air filters and ventilation systems, dehumidifiers and appropriate solar shading.
February 13, 2015

Improve quality of indoor air

The ambient air quality in Indian cities has degraded to hazardous levels over the last two decades. People are exposed to extreme health risks due to increasing particulate matter, hazardous airb... »
January 30, 2015

It’s good ‘office times’ for Bengaluru

Bengaluru has everything going right in its office market, said Gulam M. Zia, Executive Director, Research and Advisory, Knight Frank. He was speaking during the launch of Knight Frank’s half-yearl... »
Infrastructure projects such as the Metro Rail and Outer Ring Road are expected to lure investors to north Chennai.
January 30, 2015

Northward bound

A recent study indicates that of the 360 projects launched in the city last year, less than 3 per cent were in north Chennai. Despite the Metro Rail and development of the Ponneri smart city, the... »
Cleanse used water from the kitchen by diverting it to a clump of bananas.
January 23, 2015

Reuse greywater wisely

In the last decade, Chennai’s suburbs have seen the rise of individual houses, small and big apartment complexes and large gated communities. These areas lack sewage disposal facilities and the gov... »
Flowering plants like plumeria add vibrancy to the garden.
January 16, 2015

A greener life

When we were designing our house, my husband Amit and I disagreed over many things. The one thing we argued about the most was the garden. For a long time, Amit tried to talk me out of it. ‘Lawns w... »
U.V. Krishna Mohan Rao
February 20, 2015

How to save power

Do you know that much of the electricity used in homes is wasted because of faulty practices and our choice of gadgets? Award-winning energy consultant and expert on water efficiency and green bu... »
At the TERI meet
February 6, 2015

How green is my building

TERI advises architects, builders, developers, individual home-builders and organisations to evaluate the ‘health of a building’ with nationally acceptable green paradigms. The rating system is bas... »
The process
January 30, 2015

From waste to energy

Necessity, it is said, is the mother of invention. Thanks to protests by Mandur residents, the City is discovering newer solutions to deal with the municipal solid waste (MSW). The latest to emerge... »
The filter
January 23, 2015

Webcams & borewells

Since the advent of the hard rock drilling rigs in the 1960s in India, borewell drilling and groundwater usage has seen an explosion in India. It is estimated that above 60% of India’s total water... »
A water-literate community is what a smart water city should be all about.
January 16, 2015

Design water-smart cities

Smart cities is the mantra of our times with a 100 slated to roll out in India. Ideological debates rage over how to define ‘smart’ and whether technology is what makes for ‘smart.’ Be that as it... »
A major buying trend that can be seen in the real estate industry in 2015. Photo: P.V. Sivakumar
Hyderabad, January 16, 2015

Will real estate recover in 2015?

Can 2015 be the year of recovery for real estate market in Hyderabad? Analysts believe that post-bifurcation and formation of a stable government in Telangana State and at the Centre in 2014 shoul... »