There are many solutions to adopt an eco-friendly lifestyle but their high initial cost and drastic changes in daily practices keep people away from them. Greenovation looks at providing an incentive system where people get direct financial benefits for adapting eco-friendly lifestyle.  Green_Top Page Project Details Team: Manas Karambelkar, Vishal Agale, Ganesh Vishwanathan, Aarushi Mishra, Niksha Katkar and Neha Srivastava Duration: 8 weeks Course: System Design at SID Guides: Hemchandra Agashe, Fatima Ghani Description The project started of with brainstorming about various existing systems that could be improved or developing new systems. Eco-friendly housing system seemed to be an interesting topic for our team as we had not seen any systematic approach towards this issue. We went out and looked at various housing societies that incorporate eco-friendly systems/practices to some extent and interacted with people living in these societies as well. Green_Subsystems_01   Green_Subsystems_02   Green_Subsystems_03 During this we observed that there are quite a few methods that people use to create sustainability such as: 1. Rain water harvesting 2. Bio-gas plants from wet waste and human waste 3. Solar water heaters 4. Composting or vermiculture of the wet waste 5. Photo-voltaic cells for power generation These systems could co-exist or be independently implemented in different places. We tried to look at how all these systems could be interlinked. Green_Interlinking The main barrier for people in implementing these system was their high initial cost since these systems require lot of equipment and infrastructural changes to some extent making them difficult to adapt in an existing housing society/building. Due to this we shifted our focus from creating/improving eco-friendly products to creating a system that could interlink these subsystems and motivate people to implement them. Web After brainstorming on the issues and possible solutions. We came up with the Greenovation system. We thought of making an incentive system similar to the carbon credit system (credit system). Since the carbon credit system cannot be applied in housing societies because a person earns one credit after saving a tonne of carbon emission. We needed something quick, which will show the user direct monitory benefit or loss. So as to do this we implemented a new credit system for water, electricity and gas management as well as dry and wet waste management. Here we allocated levels for each resource and you earned by consuming less and lost by consuming more. The consumption of each family is monitored and calculations are done according to that. In this system once credit is equal to one INR. Web A smart meter was designed to be placed in each household where the family could monitor its own consumption. This meter receives data from a water meter, electricity meter and the gas meter (Piped Natural Gas which is used for cooking). It graphically represents the total consumption till date for the monthly cycle. It also displays the credits being traded due to over/under consumption of any of the resources where people could immediately see the benefit of saving these resources. Various forms and representations were explored. Green_Variations Finally a simple LCD display was chosen with radial dials displaying consumption levels, the credit trading. The colours were chosen to be representative of the resources and also to be comfortably viewed by colour-blind people. The meter is also connected to the Greenovation website where all the aggregated data could be seen. Green_Colour Scheme Green_Render A model was made in vacuum formed HIP (High Impact Polystyrene) and clear acrylic. Green_Model

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