Mahindra Lifespace Developers Ltd, the real estate and infrastructure development arm of the Mahindra Group, has launched India’s first net zero energy residential project, Mahindra Eden, in Bengaluru, certified by Indian Green Building Council (IGBC). This residential development is expected to save over 18 lakh kWh electricity annually, equivalent to powering over 800 homes. The remaining energy demand for the project will be met from renewable sources through both, on-site solar and wind energy systems and purchase of green energy from the grid. The project is located off Kanakapura Road.
Arvind Subramanian, managing director and CEO, Mahindra Lifespace Developers Limited said, “Global climate change is one of most pressing issues and buildings alone are responsible for approximately 36% of the total energy consumption and close to 40% of carbon emissions. Building net-zero homes is one of the cornerstones of a reduced carbon future, thereby, an important solution to climate change and we are committed to playing a leading role in this energy transition of the real estate sector. Today, we take the pledge that we will only develop net zero buildings from the year 2030 onwards as part of our commitment to Mahindra Group’s 2040 carbon neutrality goals.”
Mahindra Eden has been developed by adopting climate responsive design strategies and energy conservation measures that include optimal building orientation to maximise natural light and ventilation, optimum shading for windows and balcony, SRI paints on roof and exterior walls for high heat reflectivity, high-performance glass on windows and balcony to reduce heat ingress from the building envelope, and energy efficient lighting and equipment. The building will have contemporary Variable Voltage Variable Frequency (VVVF) elevators that use less energy during acceleration and deceleration. The project will cut water consumption by 74%, when compared to conventional buildings, while its waste management strategies will make it a zero e-waste project.
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Mahindra Eden spans 7.74 acres and will have 85% open space. Amenities for home buyers include botanical and therapeutic gardens, yoga and meditation spaces, open air reading lounge and solar-powered working pods. The project also incorporates a cycling and jogging track, camping zone, kids’ play area, al fresco gym, a swimming pool, multipurpose court, gym with aerobics zone, and a community hall, among others.