Mauritius will soon have its first educational centre on green building. The project will be implemented by Prodesign Sustainability Ltd and is estimated to cost around Rs 80 million. Built on an area of 2,000 squares metres, the non-commercial and environmental project will be a concrete example of best environmental practices in construction.
“People talk about sustainable and ecological construction but many encounter difficulties in understanding how it all happens in reality. Our project aims to make the abstract more concrete,” said Prodesign Engineering Consultants director Vikramsing Bhunjun.
According to him, the zero carbon building project is in line with the government’s vision of Mauritius Ile Durable (MID). “While the government plays a key role in terms of policy and legislation to implement the MID project, it is the private sector that has to realise it on the field,” he said.
To note, a zero carbon building is one whose carbon dioxide net emissions, linked to energy consumption, are zero or even negative. “In addition to energy efficiency, our project aims to demonstrate in practice how to reduce our environmental footprint in construction. The design, simulations, modeling and project management will be our contribution to the project,” said Bhunjun.
The zero carbon building will include among others, a documentation centre (on green building), a conference room and an exhibition room (on green technologies and sustainable development).