Environmentally appropriate materials, design and methodologies have been used to build these environmentally conscious dwellings in the Vikas Community at Auroville in India. Renewable energy as well as advanced water management techniques have been incorporated into the project. Appropriate design and self-build methods have both been used in the project and funding of the project has mostly come from individuals who want to live there. The project was built in three phases: the first was to build the collective kitchen and a block of four apartments, the second phase was for a block of six apartments and the third phase comprised a block of thirteen apartments on four floors plus some individual houses. Woodless construction methods have been used with 5 per cent cement stabilisation for compressed earth blocks, rammed earth and other earth-based technologies.



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