India s largest Passive Cooled Building for the past 14 years, with its energy consumption at 1/9th of India s high end consumption and 1/4th of energy benchmark recommended by TERIGRIHA.
Torrent Research Centre is a complex of pharmaceutical research laboratories, with its supportive and ancillary facilities and infrastructure.
Passive Downdraft Evaporative Cooling (PDEC) was attempted through a system of designated inlets and outlet shafts which as a consequence of their locations, sizes and heights, and through their complex but simulated and in-depth researched configuration, generate the required movement of air in different spaces without using any mechanical or electrical energy.
The building incurred an additional civil works cost of 13%. However, the savings from the electricity bills have paid back the additional investment in less than one year, and has paid back, in terms of savings, the cost of civil works in less than 13 years of its operation. The savings will be equal to the entire investment of the project in 39 years.