Sacred Groves : 2018-2019

Hello there! Here’s an update of work at Sacred Groves from the year 2018 & 2019.

Prototype Houses

The Prototype House
Virtual model for conventional houses of SG Prototype scale
Carbon Footprint CalculatIon

In a comparative study of our prototype scale structure built with contemporary materials to the one built with natural building technology, it shows that natural & up-cycled construction saved up-to 59.5% of Carbon emissions.

Rain water harvesting tanks

Construction of rain water harvesting tanks for the prototype houses was finished before the 2019 monsoons . With 7 collection tanks adding to 240,000 liters of catchment capacity & 3 supplementing filtration tanks – the houses are one step closer to being self sufficient!

Common veranda at the rear side of Prototype house
Prototype Interior View – ground floor of middle house

External Project – Farm House of Mr. Maran

Farm House

This is the first exterior project executed by Sacred Groves! It is a farm house project of 84 Sq.m. area housing two bedrooms, two bathrooms, pantry & living area with two balconies. It is built using mud, lime, timber and other natural materials with traditional construction techniques. The project began in January 2018 & came to a finish in early 2019.

Farm House – interior view

Dry Compost Toilet & Shower area at Sacred Groves

Shower & Compost toilet block

In function since December 2018 –  the dry compost toilet & shower area is built with localized grey-water treatment pits & barrel system of composting – it uses minimal water to function.

Build – Free Projects

Earth-Bag Dome
Earth Bag Dome – exterior view

The Earth-Bag Dome at Sacred groves is built using waste cement bags filled with soil. It was finished in August 2019. Currently it accommodates 4 people.

Build-Free House

The first build-free project is near completion. Stay in touch for further updates!

Our internship & volunteer program continue, although it has come to a brief halt given the situation with COVID-19. We hope to start strong when the testing time has passed! 

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