Trivandrum based architect Srijit Srinivas builds a fully sustainable house called ‘Brickhaus’ that can generate power from the sun, harvest water from rains, yield biogas from kitchen waste, treat collected water for use when needed, with no external help!
Housing is becoming more of a luxury. Besides making a hole in the pockets, traditional concrete housing has detrimental environmental effects as well. The excessive usage of cement plaster, paints, and varnishes have become a menace to the environment. Sustainable housing becomes increasingly important in the wake of all this. Several innovative attempts have been made to make sure that housing doesn’t bother our planet. ‘Brickhaus’ by Srijit Srinivas is one such success story.
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Situated in Thiruvananthapuram, Brickhaus is a house built from scratch by Srijit, an architect based in Thiruvananthapuram. The house is one of its kind and sustainable in every which way. This house is a NET ZERO house. The house uses a GRID TIED power system installed with a 5KWP capacity solar panel Producing 20 units of electrical energy per day. The surplus is fed into the Kerala Electricity Board mains power grid. At night, power is supplied to the house by the KSEB mains power grid. Thus the owner pays nothing at all for power in the house.
Rainwater from the roof and rear terrace are filtered and let into the well to lift up the water table. The water is then treated. The turbidity is removed with a Pressure sand filter, iron is removed with an iron removal filter. The odour is removed with an Activated Carbon Filter. The organic waste is converted to Biogas and used in cooking. The unit is kept behind the work area in the backyard of the house. It doesn’t end here. The house doesn’t use primers, nor paints. Even plastering is a bare minimum, only on in terrace. Also, the interiors are designed in such a way that there is good airflow inside the house. The brick jali (louvres) allows the air to pass through it making it cooler. The terracotta roof tiles prevent heat from the roof.
This house thus is completely sustainable and desirable for the environment and has won several national and international accolades. The Brickhaus has won the World Architecture Community WA Award – one of the most coveted in the world. The name BRICKHAUS has its inspiration from the desire to show how beautiful a brick made house can be. Like how the Bauhaus style historically became one of the most influential currents in modern design, architecture and art, The Brickhaus would have such an influence today.”, believes the architect Srijit Srinivas.
“Simplicity is our design philosophy- a simple and elegant design has a timeless value. Our works stand testimony to this. We gave it our full and now you see the result. We are honoured to get such an overwhelming response from around the world.” adds Srijit as he advocates the role of the clients in promoting sustainable housing. Srijit currently runs his architecture firm where he’s assisted by his wonderful team of Architects, Structural Engineers, MEP Engineers and visualization artists. The firm has been active since 2005 and it co-creates designs driven by the aspirations of the clients. The firm has won awards in the apartment category earlier too apart from The World Architecture Community WA Award. The company has so far built more than 60 houses, all of them with sustainability at its core.
Srijit’s firm is now venturing a variety of sustainable architecture projects including residential, apartment, commercial, hospitality, resorts, convention centres, schools and professional colleges etc. As humans expand their spaces of habitation, it’s inevitably necessary to understand why we need to make their environment centric. Brickhaus By Srijit is a gentle reminder to us that our small homes are shouldered by our collective home – The Planet.
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