While India is going through a positive change through Natural Farming, New Education Policy, Naturopathy, Natural Living, Organic Clothing and Food, Pure Natural Buildings are also a need of the hour. Chemical free, sustainable living is the way of the future and why should your home not be a part of the same?
If we look back to how self-sustaining houses were, amazing conclusions could be drawn. Buildings were made of mud and other materials procured from the vicinity. A Lime kiln supplied the requirements of a town then but now truckloads of cement and chemical paints (often transported from long distances) are required for a single house. So how much genuine a ‘sustainable’ building is, if it uses truckloads of manufactured harmful materials? So natural buildings are a genuine solution to this scenario and for ‘Revival’ of indigenous methods.
So, our time to act is now.
GREEN BUILDING MATERIALS – A Way Towards Sustainable Construction
Experts and scientists from the world around have implored citizens of the planet to make it their personal goal to improve the environment we live in. The atmosphere is getting proliferated with dangerous toxins and the world is becoming a more difficult place to live in. This is not the legacy that we should leave behind for our latter generations. The environmental benefits of building green include the protection of ecosystems and biodiversity, improved air and water quality, less waste flowing into streams, and the conservation of natural resources. Green buildings can also result in lower operating costs because they typically use less energy and materials and improved indoor air quality, which improves the health of occupants.
Benefits of green building construction
Cement is one of the most harmful materials used during construction. If you have lived near a site which is under construction, you would know the inconvenience that this can cause. Cement production alone (excluding other aspects of construction) accounts for around 8% of global CO2 emissions.
When was Cement introduced in India? Were there no houses before that? After the absurd categorization of houses as ‘kuchha’ and ‘pucca’, today people want a ‘pucca’ cement house, but rarely think about the living conditions inside, which are way too uncomfortable from the traditional houses built in natural materials. Apart from being energy consuming, these conventional homes have many artificial chemicals, which are harmful to human body.
We believe in Indian way of Learning. Indigenous knowledge in shelter making, which was practiced in India from the Vedic ages, is what we explore and examine. Descriptions about pozzolanic reactions of suda (lime) and surkhi (burnt mud) are found in Vishnudharmottara’s Chitrasutra and how to use natural derivatives from plant and animals effectively in construction. India lacks legitimate documentation of indigenous knowledge in every field now, as many such sources have been either destroyed by foreign invasions and the existing sources are devoid of scientific explanations.
As we see in most of the ancient human settlements, people have lived in durable, comfortable buildings made from natural materials. A third of the world’s population today still lives in building constructed of Earth. Houses are material extension of the way the people in it live. The components used in building a house are entangled in the day to day lives of the inhabitants. So, the materials which we use, the way it is used has a dominant effect on the way the house functions. Using natural materials without altering can minimise the effect on nature and thus can make us live in harmony with nature, just like a bird nesting on a tree.
Sustainable buildings need to be economically viable also, but lately alternative building solutions given by architects demand premium investment. This means only a few from the society can afford it, which is actually unfair. Mud/Dung/Lime was a poor man’s building material and we work to return this material to everyone by learning from native and cost effective techniques. We believe architecture can expand in more dimensions other than just concrete jungles but also in something which is more close to our body and soul. We aim at a universal solution, applicable to both urban and rural contexts, with natural living being the crux. We believe that as human beings we have the inborn capability to build our own shelter in the best way it suits our requirements. This way user can build a better connection with the home they live in.
People who have grown up in a context where buildings are made for needs not greed can grasp the ideology of Doot Naturals better. Natural Buildings are for everyone who wishes to lead a natural living regardless of the economic strata they belong to. We aim to prepare more people to serve this greater vision.
Even today, one-fourth of the world lives in houses that have been built with naturally available resources. These homes aren’t only closely associated with nature, but can sustain for much longer. Yet, modern development terms people living in such houses as ‘backward’. Under a planned conspiracy, some powerful people have forced others to suffer from inferiority complex and then distanced them from their ancestral knowledge.
However, it’s not too late. We can still learn from our mistakes. A generation older to us still holds large amounts of traditional knowledge which we can use to build houses that will not harm our environment. So our time to act is now. We must preserve this knowledge and ensure that it is inherited by the newer generations. We seek to bring back the indigenous wisdom of ancient practices in modern approach.
Benefits: Oh! Wow.
A) Mud/Cow-Dung/Lime/Gypsum buildings are very much similar to the human body.
b) These walls, being porous, can breathe, like our skin.
c) This helps in maintaining comfortable indoor temperature, irrespective of extreme weather conditions outside. So one can save a lot of money spent on ACs and other mechanical means to keep the space comfortable.”
d) Matkas (mud-pots) are a classic example of how cool (literally) mud is. Of course, you won’t be able to adjust the indoor temperature of your house like you would with an AC, but our plaster/paint house will keep the structure naturally cool in summers and warm in winters.