KUNDAPUR: Badriya Jum’a Masjid is the world’s first “ZERO Energy” Eco Friendly Green Mosque.
Located at Kodi village near Kundapur in Udupi district of Karnataka, the building design is an evolution in core Islamic Architecture integrating epitomized sustainable technologies.
Syed Mohamed Beary, Chairman of construction giant, Bearys Group & IGBC who is passionate about sustainable developments built the structure on his ancestral land (15,000 sqft area) at a cost of Rs. 2 crore.
“In today’s world, the Islam is being perceived and being projected in such a bad light. It is always calamities, blood bath, issues and hassle, which is not a real Islam. Being a committed green building developer, I felt the mosque should demonstrate both modern face of Islam as well as sustainability,” he said.
It has become a holistic place of worship and is drawing innumerable visitors every day i.e. students, tourists and attracting people of all faiths in a spirit of oneness.
“At a time when the world is passing through climate change crisis, the mosque demonstrates how sustainable developments can help in mitigating global warming. It also presents a modern face of Islam aiming to promote harmony among all communities. It is a contemporary eco-friendly design,” he said.
It took three years for the construction of this eco-friendly mosque and nearly 2,000 persons can offer prayers at a time at the mosque.
“It is our little contribution in India’s march towards Sustainable Development,” said Mr. Beary.
It has bagged also the prestigious Platinum Award under the specialized category ‘IGBC Green Place of Worship’.
Some of the unique features includes:
The mosque is designed as an ‘L-Shape’ with elevated nature of prayer hall, green vegetation and water tanks offering a naturally cooling environment.
The building also maximize natural ventilation aiming to reduce heat gain and minimize use of fossil fuel.
The important feature of this mosque is it get managed by Hybrid Renewable Energy i.e. wind and solar. That is entire power supply is met through wind & solar.
The building terrace floor is laid with white china mosaics which reflects the solar heat.
“Reduce-Reuse-Recycle-Regenerate” technology has been implemented and the mosque is equipped with “Pressmatic” TOTO water fixtures to conserve precious water.
The calligraphy which is Arabic, Chinese and Japanese languages was again on white on white.
Source: The Siasat Daily