IITGN bags HUDCO Prize for a second time
Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IITGN) has once again won the first prize in HUDCO Design Awards, this time in the ‘Green Buildings’ category in HUDCO Design Awards 2016. The Academic Complex of the institute was the entry that won this award for its host of green initiatives including passive shading and orientation design, extensive use of natural light, use of fly-ash bricks, cavity walls, solar panels, passive cooling technologies, saving pre-existing trees and integration of horticulture, waste management, and many other such initiatives. HUDCO (Housing and Urban Development Corporation Limited) Design Awards felicitate innovative projects under five different categories that have contributed towards sustainable urban development. Earlier, in 2014, IITGN’s Construction Workers Welfare Program has been recognized with the national HUDCO Award for ‘Best Practices to Improve the Living Environment 2013-14’, and IITGN also won the first prize in HUDCO Design Awards 2015 in the Cost-effective Rural/Urban Housing category for its innovative use of confined masonry construction in its hostels and housing. IITGN has also won recognition in the past for its use of green initiatives by being the first campus in the country to receive the 5-star GRIHA rating in the LD category for its masterplan.