NECTAR office at Shillong - a State-of-the-Art GREEN BUILDING

The Govt. of Meghalaya has allotted 5 acres plot in New Shillong for building NECTAR’s office. The infrastructure support for making the plot habitable is being developed and, therefore, it is not possible to immediately begin the construction of the centre at the allotted site. In order to have a space befitting the organization, Govt. of Meghalaya has identified an alternate site where the office be constructed. It is proposed to construct this as a joint office of the Meghalaya Basin Development Authority (MBDA) and NECTAR. The basic and underlying concept is to build an office building which uses State-of-the-Art technology alongwith some of the traditional building material in a modern framework and has a high green footprint.

Highlights of the project are:

  • Compliant with the Green Building norms
  • Use as much of local and natural resources as possible
  • Necessary safety precautions as per seismic zone V to be taken (While the seismic analysis is being done in-house, the structural design & strength has been verified by Assam Engineering College)
  • the tradition - The North Eastern states and Meghalaya have a tradition of what are popularly known as “Assam type buildings” which use bamboo as the structuring material and subsequent Plastering.
  • Unique Jointing technology
  • With integration of appropriate modern technology inputs wherever feasible and desirable.
  • Water harvesting
  • Solar energy
  • Temperature control both hot and cold will be done through circulatory water system.
  • In order to conserve energy, it is proposed to install LED lighting and Specialized windows which will reduce temperature loss and sound in the building.
  • Meghalaya Urban Development Authority has approved the building plans

NECTAR has identified and supported a unique jointing technology pioneered and patented by M/s Bambutech Arunachal Pvt. Ltd in its original avatar of National Mission on Bamboo Applications. Mr. Ulrich Walner promoter of M/s Bambutech Arunachal Pvt. Ltd., who was earlier working from Germany, has successfully showcased and implemented projects in Germany and in India with Delhi Development Authority to build some open and public structures for their Golden Jubilee Park, Yamuna Bank, Phase-I projects. The company now works out of Arunachal Pradesh and uses local bamboo and local human resources along with the unique jointing technology to promote and implement the project for buildings and structures using bamboo as a main structural material.

The broad contour of construction has to be done using bamboo as a framework with locally available material like clay, straw and bamboo board. The plinth of the building shall rest on concrete footing/columns which are being designed for seismic condition in Meghalaya. Given the layout of the plinth, it is necessary to construct this RCC plinth and rest of the construction will be on bamboo framework in modern technology as mentioned above.

The detailed drawings including structural details have been examined by the Meghalaya Urban Development Authority in consultation with the Assam Engineering College, Guwahati.

As this is generating local employment, it is also incorporated to take up interns both skilled technical people as well as engineers, to work on this technology and thereby build a capacity for its propagation.

The activity is duly approved by Executive Council and Governing Council of NECTAR.