Mr & Mrs. Sanjay Gulbani Join Organo

Organo is a community of people who believe and live by the principles of impact and sustainability on a daily basis. We are pleased to announce the addition of one more family to the Naandi Clan. Mr.Sanjay Gulbani is a jeweler by profession. He owns and runs P Mangatram Jewellers. When he visited Organo a year ago, he was not looking to buy a farmhouse but after experiencing Organo, his decision changed. The Gulbanis are constructing a home in Jubilee Hills but have decided to move to Organo during the weekends. He fell in love with the whole concept of #LifeOnASlowTrack. His love for outdoors, greenery and animals has made him choose Horse riding as a hobby. He learned to canter within 3 months and is now eager to join our community and raise his own horse. Mrs.Deepa Gulbani runs a social organisation called EQUI_AID. Here’s what she has to say about the vision of the organisation – “EQUI-AID was born out of a gesture of gratitude from having been given a blessed life for the many of us. It is our little effort to bring about a change in the lives of the less fortunate and ignored because of our own individual responsibilities. We at this voluntary organization aim to raise awareness & hope to bring about a social change & uplift the lives of the under privileged in every possible way we can. The voluntary organisation revolves around 3pillars – education, health and empowerment (livelihood enhancement). We divide a year into 3 periods of 4months and dedicate each period to each of these 3 pillars so that we can be more focused and do justice to each initiative at a time. On livelihood enhancement, we look at helping micro, cottage industries run by women and provide them with consulting which will help improve their business for the better. This would be much more valuable than the 1 time monetary support”. Congratulations Mr & Mrs Gulbani. We look forward to working together to create an impact on the lives of others in and around Organo.

Welcoming Mr. & Mrs. Vijay Madduri

Organo provides an opportunity for people to indulge in life to the deepest possible roots. Most people who visit Organo once, fall in love with it. Such is the story of Mr.Vijay Madduri and family, the latest addition to our Naandi clan. Mr. Vijay visited Organo with his friends and instantenously decided to be a part of the community. The idea of #Life.On.A.Slow.Track appealed to him and within no time Mr.Vijay along with his family celebrated the gruhpravesham of their new home. Mr. Vijay Madduri is a serial entrepreneur and the the CEO of Incessant Technologies, which helps global organizations realize their Digital integration roles through the agile delivery of enterprise iBPM solutions. He recently went to Cambridge University to get his fellowship and is now planning to take a sabbatical to study further. He is very keen on studying and learning further. His recent graduation is a testimony to his efforts. His eagerness to learn and read resonates with the community’s vision to grow. Mrs.Lakshmi is a woman of great taste and loves the outdoors. It was a pleasure to work with her while building their home. The couple has two children, Lasya and Tarun. Congratulation Mr and Mrs Vijay Madduri. All of us at Organo, wish you a very happy life ahead.

An Ode To Bamboo: Organo celebrates World Bamboo Day

India’s largest bamboo structure was launched on the occasion of World Bamboo Day, September 18th, 2016 at India’s first self- sustainable collective farming rurban commune, Organo. An organisation that stands for change and alternate lifestyle and works towards sustainability through architecture and design. World Bamboo Day is observed to maximize the awareness and potential of Bamboo. It is dedicated to promoting the use of bamboo and bamboo products.
On this day, Organo in association with Native KONBAC, JANS and FHD launched a magnificent bamboo structure that covers an area of 10,750 sq ft with a maximum span of 82 feet and weighs 61,000 kgs. “An Odea to Bamboo” which was a two-day event in Hyderabad that brought together visionaries of the architecture, sustainability and bamboo industries to explore and discuss the potential, problems and solutions related to Bamboo.
The panel discussion commenced with insight provided by Dr. Ramanuja Rao, Chairman CIBART, who spoke at length about the spectacular work in Bali, Japan and particularly Columbia which is typically the mecca of large bamboo construction. Coming home to India’s treatment of bamboo as a cellulosic material for making pulp and paper, Dr. Rao stressed on the training of the forest management to direct bamboo cultivation as mainly a cellulite. He congratulated Organo for the leap towards responsible architecture and said, “I’m sure everybody who has any kind of misgivings about Bamboo and large constructions have had their misgivings removed now, and I think many more architects will experiment with this.”
After a 360 degree view was presented on the stage, Mr. Krunal invited Dr. Sudheer Pandey, Advisor to the National Mission on Bamboo Application, to explain the Government’s role in bamboo work in a larger scale. He said, “My knowledge of bamboo came post retirement” but surprised the august gathering by informing that bamboo has over 1500 uses, making it the most eco-friendly and work friendly raw material for construction. He acknowledged the Government’s efforts with instances of financial support to the bamboo mission by the horticulture department with funds worth Rs 2500 Crores.
Mr. Ninad Karpe, CEO and MD of Aptech International, rightly said, “Businesses cannot succeed where societies fail. The adoption of bamboo by businesses will turn into a virtuous circle if more people undertake projects like this.” He also said, “Today is a historic day for the bamboo industry of India, this is a turning point, it is a great event and this needs to be propagated.”
Insight from an architectural point of view was discussed by Mr. Jaigopal, renowned architect, who recognized the importance of an efficient and dedicated team to make the bamboo dream a reality. Organo’s Founder Mr. Nagesh Battula confided that project NAANDI went through crippling difficulties that were overcome by sticking to their fundamental belief system that “if we serve nature, it serves us back.”
The final panel member, Mr. Rohan Manchanda,representative of TATA Trust, believed that with the advent of technology, bamboo community should advance at a notable pace to provide to a significantly higher capacity. He strongly advocated education in the bamboo sector and announced that the TATA Trust promoted education in Bamboo Research Centre in Maharashtra, in collaboration with the Maharashtra Government. He said,” The Government might not listen to a single player but we can come together to make a much bigger impact” urging corporations to come together and work towards this eco-friendly movement.
The panel discussion, moderated by Mr.Krunal, director, Organo, was a successful demonstration of all spheres mingling towards a common goal- a bamboo revolution. The informative groupthink collaborated the opinions of professionals from different industries. With experience in Environmentalist practices, Architecture and business, the panel discussion was wholesome and educative. The ambience was further brightened by the palpable energy of the audience, sitting in India’s largest Bamboo structure. Among the audience were students from various architecture and design colleges in India. These students participated in the design challenge and were required to design an eco-friendly farm for weekend stays using bamboo.
This bamboo structure is another example of Organo’s foresighted lead that would bring about a paradigm shift in the environmental sphere, and encourage responsible business.

Rain Rain Come Again

Each of us prayed so dearly for rains that they are now here wrecking our beloved city. The rains this monsoon have created havoc with traffic jams, waterlogging and damaged infrastructure. Of course, the reason the rains in Hyderabad are always so destructive is to do with poorly constructed roads, infrastructure that is of no use, and little to non-existent rain water harvesting techniques. Whose fault is it? Are we doing what we must to channel the fury of the rains?
At Naandi, we are.
Water conservation has always been one of the core aspects of sustainability at Naandi. Long before the first rains and even before this year’s summer, we dug up swales & trenches all along our contours and created several water holding ponds at the lowest point of our farm.
organo-3Trenches & Swales are manmade structures created by digging in or piling up. They help control water from running off, reduce evaporation losses and increase the rainwater infiltration there by also adding up to the ground water table. They also protect the fertile top soil from run off due to rains.
Manmade ponds/harvesting pits at the lowest point of a site to store rainwater are very important for every farm. Though these ponds do not increase the moisture content in the soil, they hold run-off rainwater in one catchment area which can then be used for agriculture. And it doesn’t end here, these are not just ponds with water, we have fish that do their bit by controlling weeds, mosquito larvae becomes their food and their excreta in turn is rich in nutrients when used for plants.
organoAs soon as the rain gods blessed us, we caught every drop that fell on our 35 acre farm. Here’s how our ponds looked right after one downpour. Imagine how much water can be stored if we incorporate such techniques in our urban homes.

Why Rooftop Solar Power Is Better Suited To Naandi

One of the questions we at Naandi get asked a lot is whether we store the solar energy our Rooftop Solar Systems generate. The solar revolution has everyone excited about the possibilities of generating and storing their own power. While that seems to be an ideal solution, Grid Connected Rooftop solar is far better suited for a project like Naandi than a battery based system. In partnership with Four Solar, our energy partner, we have implemented a Grid Connected Rooftop system that produces more than adequate power for household functions and relies on the grid to sell excess power and harness power in case of low solar power generation.
Here’s how the GC system is better in our context than Battery-based Rooftop (BR) Systems:
ROI: Grid Connected rooftop solar begins to pay you back instantly as excess power generated by the system is sold to the grid. Battery based systems require constant upkeep and battery replacements every year meaning it won’t generate an ROI.
Comprehensive usage: You can power your AC, fridge and other high-power consumption devices on a GC system because the power is directly consumed by the load. BR systems have limitations working with ACs and other induction devices.
Maintenance: Battery based systems require extensive maintenance due to the number of parts involved. The battery, inverter and other peripherals all require maintenance or replacement after a few years. Since GC systems generate power that is used directly and pass on the surplus to the grid, their maintenance is very limited.
Export surplus power: The excess solar power generated by a Grid Connected system is exported to the grid and earns revenue. The difference between grid power consumed & grid power exported by the rooftop solar system is adjusted in the power bill. In a Battery based system, all the energy generated is stored/used by the batteries and cannot be sold.
In the context of Naandi, and in most places with power stability Grid connected solar systems are much better than battery based systems. The ROI, less maintenance hassle and adaptability, whether it is by adding gen sets or batteries for certain functions, make grid connected solar score higher than battery based rooftop solar systems.

Introducing Naandi's busy little bees

Did you know we have exactly 4 years left on earth once honeybees go extinct? They are the most effective pollinators that we have today. Without them, there won’t be any forests or any of the biodiversity that exists today.
We have a lot to learn from the bees. They are among the most hard working and useful living creatures. What’s more, they are self sufficient and can take care of themselves without human intervention.
One thing I found most intriguing is that the role of each bee is pretty clear. They assign responsibility and work really hard towards achieving their goal. This level of delegation and responsibility makes them a very impactful species.
At Naandi, bees are central to the ecosystem we are creating. We have our very own beehive of Apis Melifera bees and we’ll be adding to their number soon.
So let’s try to understand what a bee hive consists of.
A single hive consists of over 1 lakh bees and is home to 3 types of bees:
Thousands of Infertile female bees or Workers: They do all the work, right from cleaning the hive, feeding the queen, feeding the larvae, making the bee-wax that makes the hive, collecting nectar, pollen and water (nectar gets converted into honey, pollen is for making the protein rich bee-bread). One worker bee collects about ½ a tea spoon of honey in her entire lifespan i.e., 6 weeks
Few hundred Male bees or Drones: They do absolutely nothing except for eating honey & flying around in search of an opportunity to mate and that is quite a task as the Queen bee only mates with the one that’s the strongest of all. They fall and die once they mate with the queen. That’s their only purpose of life. The weaklings are then thrown out of the hive by the workers as they are no longer of use.
One Queen Bee: Only a queen bee has fully developed reproductive organs and hence the only egg layer. Workers treat her really well as she has the capacity to lay about 1500 eggs in a day during her peak season. They understand her importance and once she fails to reproduce, worker bees chose few hive cells with new worker eggs, enlarge them to accommodate queen bees and feed them with a hormone called the royal jelly, a diet that’s rich in proteins miraculously making the eggs develop fertile reproductive organs. Once the eggs become fertile adults, the old queen bee is disposed off from the hive.
At Naandi, our first beehive is buzzing with bees and we are eagerly waiting to collect honey from it. Once we have our first bottle ready, we’ll be back with another post about the hardest working members of our farm 🙂
Written By – Lakshmi Battula,
Farm Manager, Organo

Platinum Rating By Indian Green Building Council

The International Energy Agency released a publication which estimates that existing buildings are responsible for more than 40% of the world’s total primary energy consumption and for 24% of global carbon dioxide emissions. Hence, the need for Green Buildings.
What is a Green Building?
Green Building is an energy efficient building which is environmentally responsible throughout its lifecycle. Green building uses less water, optimises energy efficiency, produces less waste, use locally available material and provides healthier spaces for the occupants when compared to a conventional building
Green building practices aim to reduce the environmental impact of a building.
How can Green buildings change the Environmental Impact?
A Green building brings together a number of practices and techniques to help address issues of building impact on the environment. These include reduction in the use of fossil fuel by using renewable energy like solar energy, rain-water harvesting, conserving natural resources, soil erosion measures, use of locally available material, trees and green roofs for reducing heat island effect and more.
Most importantly, these concepts can enhance occupant health, happiness, and well-being.
What is IGBC?
The Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), part of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) was formed in the year 2001. The organisation facilitates and certifies green building projects in India.
The vision of the council is, “To enable a sustainable built environment for all and facilitate India to be one of the global leaders in the sustainable built environment by 2025”.
IGBC Green Homes:
The rating system evaluates certain mandatory requirements & credit points using a prescriptive approach and others on a performance based approach.
IGBC Green Homes® rating system addresses green features under the following categories:
– Site Selection and Planning
– Water Conservation
– Energy Efficiency
– Materials & Resources
– Indoor Environmental Quality
– Innovation & Design Process
Why is IGBC rating important for us?
At Organo, we have integrated seven strands of sustainability in our project Naandi. How do we check where we stand? IGBC Rating is a tool to measure & compare our project with the other best projects in the country. We have proudly claimed all the Innovation credits for our rating.
What makes Naandi a Green Building?
Soil Erosion Control
Natural Topography
Rain Water harvesting
Rain Water Recharge
Micro Climate Pockets
Earth Air Tunnel Draft System
Organic waste management
Construction waste management
Renewable Energy Systems to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and more.
Come visit us!