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      EVALUATING THE CLEANSING EFFICIENCY OF AN EXTENDED LIVING FAÇADE DRAPED WITH VERNONIA ELAEAGNIFOLIA

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          Nature has its own astonishing capability to naturally cleanse the environment. Living green drapes on buildings look elegant and can provide sustainable solutions in congested cities. The Vellore Institute of Technology in India promotes green values within the country. Although the campus is lush and verdant, its ever growing student population precipitated an increase in public thoroughfare causing air pollution. To partially alleviate this problem, walls of a subway connecting the main academic campus and the hostel premises are draped with Vernonia elaegnifolia creeper; this is aesthetically elegant and was found to be efficient in capturing much of the vehicular pollution within the subway. An experimental investigation clubbed with an Ecotect analysis helped ascertain the optimal duration of the temperature drop across the subway. The analysis also predicts an annual savings of 36000 USD per hostel block. A detailed Scanning Electron Microscopic analyses coupled with Spectrophotometry established the deposition pattern of sulphates and nitrates. It is expected that the results of this analysis will promote the use of green facades in this sun drenched country.

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                Author and article information

                Journal
                jgrb
                Journal of Green Building
                College Publishing
                1552-6100
                1943-4618
                1943-4618
                Spring 2015
                : 10
                : 2
                : 157-178
                Author notes

                1. Faculty, Manufacturing Engineering Division, School of Mechanical and Building Sciences, VIT University, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India-632014, jacobtvarghese@ 123456rediffmail.com Telephone: +919500363276

                2. Senior Professor, Environmental Engineering Division, School of Mechanical and Building Sciences, VIT University, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India-632014, satyajitg@ 123456vit.ac.in Telephone: +91 416 2202207, and ICAS Associate, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, United Kingdom

                3. Student, Bachelor of Technology – Civil Engineering. School of Mechanical and Building Sciences, VIT University, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India-632014, swetankpandey@ 123456gmail.com Telephone: +918695962022

                4. Student, Bachelor of Technology – Civil Engineering. School of Mechanical and Building Sciences, VIT University, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India-632014, rudranshusamanta@ 123456outlook.com Telephone: +919894556035

                Article
                jgb.10.2.157
                10.3992/jgb.10.2.157
                ©2015 by College Publishing. All rights reserved.
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                Pages: 22
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