Centre for Sustainable Architecture

Centre for Sustainable Architecture

Sustainable development is the pathway to the future we want for all. It offers a framework to generate economic growth, achieve social justice, exercise environmental stewardship and strengthen governance. Sustainable development recognizes that growth must be both inclusive and environmentally sound to reduce poverty and build shared prosperity for today’s population and to continue to meet the needs of future generations. It must be efficient with resources and carefully planned to deliver immediate and long-term benefits for people, planet, and prosperity

Vision of the centre

"Consume less; share better, save the future”

Objectives of the centre

  • To find alternate building material using Industrial, agricultural, e-waste, any other suitable waste material and to cope up with the depletion of natural conventional materials.
  • Cost optimization of the alternate building materials.
  • To acquire fresh inputs from national and international sources through conferences, seminars, workshops.

Focus Areas

  • Alternate building materials
  • Cost effectiveness
  • Feasibility/ease of production

Projects under the centre

  • With IIT and TCS - Development of Siruseri canal stretch inside SIPCOT as antiflood measure.
  • With Coir development board –developing acoustic panel using coir waste, flyash, gypsum, saw dust and cowdung.
  • Research projects wth Virginia Tech India Ltd. – start up fund released for developing Slag brick.

    The Sipcot located at Siruseri IT Park, is surrounded by a few water bodies out of which four lakes. named Puthupakkam lake, Thangal lake, Siruseri lake and Sirtrary lake, help in maintaining the ground water table at the constant level and serve as reservoirs through the year. The spill over from these lakes flows directly to the Buckingham canal through a main channel which runs across the Siruseri IT park.

    During the monsoon, the Siruseri IT Park gets flooded for a period of 10 to 15 days. This is mainly because of the soaking of the main channel which connects to the Buckingham canal.


    The project aims at addressing the issue of flooding through effective landscape planning and water management. It also aims to increase the vegetative cover of the Siruseri region and to create spaces for public use. And also to create an ecological corridor throughout the entire stretch.



    Building upon such green initiatives and in order to act as a fillip to the construction industry, this project outlines a case for making it compulsory that the construction of new homes must include solar panels covering at least three quarters of available roof space.

    This paper addresses three primary issues within its hypothesis. First, such a development would empower the construction industry and help it through this recessionary period. Secondly, the knock-on effect of lowering the price of solar panels (due to supply and demand) would result in a further boost for the construction industry as existing householders sought to benefit from solar energy. Thirdly, the compulsory construction of housing with solar panels would enable the Indian construction to more than exceed its environmental targets by 2020.