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Design of a self-sufficient homestead using permaculture design techniques and low-impact building materials in Punjab, India
Digvijay Rajdev

Date: 2014-09-19 04:00 PM – 04:10 PM
Last modified: 2014-09-18


The research aims to provide a solution to the alarming increase of unsustainable buildings in India. Majority of the buildings in India are built using materials with high embodied energies like brick and concrete, and incur huge running costs because of their exorbitant heating and cooling loads. The paper will first investigate the availability of various low-impact building materials around the design site and then suggest the most appropriate material for construction of the homestead suitable to the site’s climatic conditions. It will also propose a new technique of integrating permaculture with architecture by providing a methodology to produce industrial hemp at site. The self-sufficient homestead shall be designed using passive house design strategies so as to minimise its ecological footprint. The design proposal will act as a pioneer for low impact buildings in India and also serve as a base for further research in this context.