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Isprava Sustainability

Sustainability

Building homes that are committed towards a safer, greener, more sustainable world.

Sustainable Practices

An Isprava home is designed to fit in seamlessly with its environs, while respecting nature for years to come. Our designs are not complete if they do not respect the land we employ and local cultural practices. Mindful living is a timeless practice for us as living with nature is a luxury in itself. We don’t just build to embrace the now which is why we take every measure to implement constantly evolving sustainable practices.

Passive Architecture Design

Passive Architecture Design

Minimising negative environmental impact is a priority. We adopt passive design features that highlight every home’s orientation, such as optimising daylight through skylights, light wells, and courtyards. Attention is paid to shaded corridors and other shading devices. Trees, adjacent buildings, pergolas, punched windows, extended louvres, and horizontal and vertical landscaping are all placed with care.

Ground Water Recharge

At Isprava, we understand the importance of water conservation. Our teams have dedicated time to implement special water conservation techniques in every home by incorporating the groundwater recharging technique that is simple, but effective. A recharge well / pit is constructed underground, which allows rainwater to replenish groundwater by recharging the underground aquifers and helps us avoid any potential run-off damages.
Ground Water Recharge
Drip and Sprinkler Irrigation

Drip and Sprinkler Irrigation

We strive to preserve our water resources by including drip and sprinkler irrigation methods into our landscape. These methods of irrigation provide efficient coverage to small and large areas alike, minimising surface run-off and water loss through evaporation. Every drop of water is used in a timely fashion, thereby reducing water demand.

Water Recycling and Segregation

We have implemented a system of effective organic waste management to avoid domestic waste from being sent to landfills by installing standardised colour-coded German bins that have clear signage and are odour-proof. They come with wheels to ensure easy transportation. Collected wet waste is sent to a private waste treatment facility and the compost is used for gardening.

Water Recycling and Segregation
Recycled and Upcycled Material Use

Recycled and Upcycled Material Use

Our design team inculcates the art of reusing, repurposing and refurbishing. Every home is furnished with antique interior decor elements. Almost all the doors and windows are sourced from heritage buildings, like government offices, post offices, mansions and hospitals. The wooden panels used are refurbished, washed and polished, with care taken to retain their inherent character.

Environment-Friendly and Traditional Building Techniques

Isprava ensures local building practices and (location specific) cultural markers are employed in our construction. For instance, in Goa we use sloping roofs and local materials like laterite stones to encourage weather adaptability. In the Nilgiris, we strive to minimize cutting and filling. We also use traditional Mangalore tiles for the roofs in keeping with the local architectural style.

Environment-Friendly and Traditional Building Techniques

Green Count

We select locations that are private, peaceful and away from tourist hotspots to ensure the serene ‘Isprava Experience’ with pristine views of nature. We encourage retaining site features to negate environmental impact, and employ indigenous flora in our landscaping. One of our homes in Goa, Casa Brava, has a green count of ~2,175; our first villa in Goa, Igreha Villa, has a green count of ~3,900.

A Sustainable Landscape

Our sustainable landscaping techniques ensure minimum water consumption. We do this by limiting the use of turf on the site in order to conserve water, or by planting drought-tolerant, native and adaptive species. We maintain the natural topography and vegetation, which helps minimise disturbances, or restore the site to reduce long-term negative environmental impacts, thereby promoting habitat and biodiversity.

A Sustainable Landscape
Water-Efficient Plumbing Fixtures

Water-Efficient Plumbing Fixtures

We are constantly working on evolutionary solutions to reduce the usage of water in every format. So, in addition to all the measures we undertake to preserve water (as mentioned above), all Isprava villas feature beautiful bathrooms that come equipped with well-designed water-efficient plumbing fixtures to reduce the use of potable water.

Soil-Erosion Control

Before and during the construction of every Isprava home, our team takes special care to implement soil-erosion and sedimentation-control measures. This is done with the intention to minimise the negative impact to the site and surroundings. We also stockpile fertile topsoil prior to any construction to cater to future reuse or donation.

Soil-Erosion Control
Preservation and Transplantation of Trees

Preservation and Transplantation of Trees

At Isprava, we aim to preserve what we have, and add to it for a better tomorrow. It is integral to ensure the preservation of existing mature trees and plant new tree saplings to promote habitat and biodiversity. If any transplantation is needed, we do it within the project site in a manner that stays true to our aesthetic.

Universal Design

Our homes are designed to ensure comfort and convenience for everyone. We maintain complete barrier-free standards for differently abled and elderly people. Our design provides easy access to the main entrance of all our homes by incorporating non-slippery ramps with handrails on one side, in accordance with the guidelines of the National Building Code (NBC) of India.
Universal Design
Basic Facilities for the Construction Workforce

Basic Facilities for the Construction Workforce

The welfare of the construction workforce by creating safe and healthy working conditions on our properties is of prime importance to us. The following basic facilities for the construction workforce are provided as per the guidelines of the Building and Other Construction Workers Act:
  • Adequate housing to meet or exceed local / labour by-law requirement
  • Adequate sanitary facilities
  • First-aid and emergency facilities
  • Adequate drinking water facilities
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Dust-suppression measures
  • Adequate illumination levels in construction areas
  • Site emergency alarm

Ozone-Depleting Substances

Isprava is doing its bit to minimise the adverse effects on the ozone layer. We employ the use of eco-friendly refrigerants and halons in construction. The refrigerants deployed for your home usage in building heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) equipment are CFC (chlorofluorocarbon)-free and the fire-suppression systems used in the structures are free from halons or any other ozone-depleting substances.

Ozone-Depleting Substances
Indoor Environment Quality

Indoor Environment Quality

Here is how the quality of indoor environment is maintained to a certain standard:

  • Providing adequate outdoor air ventilation to avoid pollutants.
  • Ensuring proper ventilation in all regularly occupied areas (owner-occupied and tenant-occupied) to meet the minimum ventilation rates as prescribed in the ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) standards.
  • Using paint and coating (including primers) with low or no VOC (volatile organic compounds) content for 95% of interior wall and ceiling surface areas.