In the Green of Things
Salvaging, repurposing, harvesting, refurbishing—these are the buzz words in the world of architecture and design. Isprava laps it all up, making sustainability an everyday reality, one home at a time
While style, design, quality, innovation, distinctiveness are all important to the Isprava entourage, the topmost priority is to be environmental-friendly in its practices and sustainable in its offerings. The conversation has changed. It is more about conserving versus demolishing. People are becoming conscious of smart usage of energy and resources versus a misuse or overuse. A realisation is reverberating across the globe, about becoming more eco-literate in order to make ecological decisions versus those of only profitability, production and personal gain. In order to do justice to your profession, whatever it may be, architect, builder, creator—you must be sustainable. Ecological best defines the way we should function where logic, economy and ecology are embedded in one. It should be embraced, not as an anchor pulling us down, but as a paradigm that frees us to innovate while remaining relevant for our own futures on this earth. And in that stride, Isprava makes sustainability their mantra. The team takes initiative to spend chunks of their time creating cost-effective design solutions that are aesthetically appealing, while consuming much less energy. From irrigation to smart living, Isprava implements eco-changes to help reduce the carbon footprint, making your life better today, tomorrow and every day.
We want you to know what every corner speaks of. Why the herringbone floors were chosen for your bathroom or the wooden chandelier appointed on your ceiling. We take pride in the details that go into making your home truly unique, and would want you to know about them. As a collective, we decided to document these special things about your home “in the making”, and created Isprava’s home books. Each home will have a home book dedicated to it. Complete with details on location, architecture, interiors and hospitality services amongst other things, this home book is a special keepsake for you and your family.
WATER CONSERVATION, IRRIGATION AND MORE
Isprava adopts the method of drip and sprinkler irrigation—a revolutionary way of watering our landscapes and crops by delivering water straight to their roots on a slow drip, thereby saving water and fertilizer. As the global water shortage becomes increasingly critical, drip irrigation is the buzz word on everyone’s tongue. Another sustainable method we use is sprinkler irrigation, which is a type of pressurised irrigation that consists of applying water to the soil surface, using mechanical and hydraulic devices that simulate natural rainfall. And while installing an irrigation system may seem like a costly endeavour, with the labour involved, it serves to be very advantageous for the present and future. Did you know, you can save almost 30 to 50 percent of water, that you would normally use with other more conventional watering methods? It will also save you time, as you can set timers, so that watering will take place at the times that best suit your landscape, based on the kind of climate you live in. Another plus is that these methods produce smaller droplets, helping to preserve nutrients and reduce soil compaction. Drip irrigation delivers water at a consistent rate, and when plants get all the water they need, their growth is not inhibited by water stress (which happens when there isn’t adequate water to extract from the soil). Happily fed plants grow more quickly, and are more productive too. An added bonus is that even as drip irrigation encourages plants to grow, the system discourages weeds. This is because the flow of water is directed to your plants’ roots, and the soil surface remains drier, and less likely to germinate seeds of weeds.
What a relief! Isprava goes a step further and implements rainwater harvesting as well—a technique used for collecting, storing and using rainwater for personal, landscape and other uses. By doing this, the demand on ground water reduces, the water bills are much less, and depending upon tank size and climate, rainwater harvesting can reduce main water usage by almost 100 per cent. Another key takeaway from this is that it can reduce storm water runoff, thereby helping to reduce local flooding and scouring of creeks.
Isprava takes the help of thermo-draining which is the process of allowing water to flow through a series of pipes laid along the flooring and roof surfaces, which helps reduce the room temperature naturally. This thereby reduces the load requirement of the air conditioners. Another practice towards water conservation is the grey water treatment. With this, wastewater from baths, showers, washing machines, dish washers and sinks, which is collectively known as grey water, is treated to be used for alternate purposes like laundry, toilet flushing and irrigation of plants. Your water bills will be less, you will reduce the wastewater entering sewers and if recycled properly, grey water can save approximately 70 litres of potable water per person per day in domestic households. What’s more, by utilising grey water, it reduces the amount of pollutants entering rivers and water systems, as less grey water needs to be commercially treated.
“90 percenT of our doors are sourced from old homes.”
ALL THINGS TREES AND WOOD
Isprava takes on an economically and environmentally ideal alternative to seeding, called tree transplantation. This method eliminates deforestation due to construction, it decreases weed pressure, increases seed cost saving and maintains a perfect ecological biodiversity. Isprava also takes effort towards reforestation by re-cultivating a wasteland into a native/planted forest. This improves air quality by fixed pollutants and diffusing volatile compounds; it plays a moderate role in maintaining the temperature and climate; it controls rising water levels; it protects the ground water supplies in the area; reduces soil erosion and aids soil reconstruction and maintains bio-diversity – so many benefits. After all, working in a responsible way is core to our values and something we take very seriously. We therefore take great pride in our refurbished wooden pieces.
Our homes are furnished using refurbished and up cycled products—in fact, 90 percent of our doors are sourced from old homes. Isprava reuses wood and other natural materials wherever possible and encourage our home owners to indulge in socially responsible services. Beyond that, in any given year, Isprava plants more than 1000 trees around the locations we work in as our way of giving back to the environment. We actively source from heritage buildings like old government offices, post offices, mansions and old hospitals in Gujarat, Goa and Madhya Pradesh. The doors display beautiful artisanship and are refurbished, washed and polished, without tarnishing its inherent character. The genuine teak wood antiquities are nearly 80-100 years old, and have been handmade by the craftsmen of that time. We have even had the privilege of being able to use old Burma teak which was once used as decking in old retired ships.
Through our linear approaches towards sustainability, we ensure our processes are cyclical, so that the waste of one process becomes the wealth of another, and with this, we continue to help the world around us, and paint a greener future for everyone.