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Cityrene-Startup 360 startup of the month

Cityrene-Startup 360 startup of the month

A proud moment for Cityrene family as Cityrene has been announced as the startup of the month in startup360 magazine.

As a startup, it is hard to get exposure in this fast-developing world. Big thanks to the startup360 members who made this happen. Check our startup story featured in startup360 here.

“Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle”

startup of the month-Cityrene

Looking forward to many more moments!!


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The world faces a dangerous moment due to climatic change, though media in India is not focused on it. The US has gone back on its commitment to help reduce global warming. The Paris Agreement was signed in 2015, in which nations agreed to lower the carbon dioxide emissions. This was to be done by voluntarily cutting fuels and shifting to solar and wind energy.

Climate change is happening as a result of man-made global warming. Since 1880, the Earth’s surface temperature has risen at an average pace of 0.07°C every decade. This has resulted in a net warming of 0.95°C as of now. Land temperatures have risen faster than ocean temperatures so far. But this will change by 2030 unless the world’s nations cut their emissions. And once the oceans start to warm up, many countries will quickly be in deep trouble.

Heat in South Asia could exceed the survivable levels by the year 2100 says study. 

Climate change is destroying our path to sustainability. Ours is a world of looming challenges and increasingly limited resources. Sustainable development offers the best chance to adjust our course.

Indians will be vulnerable due to this climatic change in many ways:

Climate change will mean higher oceans and this will lead to huge problems in coastal cities like Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata; it will also mean the monsoons become much more volatile and unpredictable. This will bring misery down on the Indian farmer.

Rising carbon dioxide levels from global warming will drastically reduce the amount of protein in staple crops like rice and wheat, leaving vulnerable populations at risk of growth stunting and early death.

Increase in CO2


Graph showing the increase in CO2 level. Image courtesy: NASA

Researchers say they still don’t understand how or why carbon dioxide emissions sap protein and other nutrients from plants, but the mystery is one that could have devastating consequences across the globe.

An additional, 150 million people globally may be at risk of protein deficiency by 2050 because of rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere said the report in the journal Environmental Research Letters.

Southern India may witness a decline in rice yields by five per cent in 2030s.


On August 3rd Tamil newspaper Dhinathandhi posted that in 2100 people survival in India will be hard due to heatwaves.

Climatic change-Dhinakaran newspaper


Heatwaves are already a major risk in South Asia, with a severe episode in 2015 leading to 3,500 deaths. India recorded its hottest ever day in 2016 when the temperature in the city of Phalodi, Rajasthan, hit 51C. According to new research that examines the toll rising temperatures are already taking on vulnerable societies.

Extreme heatwaves that kill even healthy people within hours will strike parts of the Indian subcontinent unless global carbon emissions are cut sharply and soon. According to new research led by Eltahir, a professor of climate and hydrology at the Massachusetts of Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US.

The new analysis assesses the impact of climate change on the deadly combination of heat and humidity, measured as the “wet bulb” temperature (WBT). Once this reaches 35C, the human body cannot cool itself by sweating and even fit people sitting in the shade will die within six hours.

Wet bulb temperature

Distribution of maximum wet bulb temperature (WBT) from 1976-2005 (B), from 2071-2100 (C), from 2071-2100 (D). WBT of more than 31C is considered extremely dangerous and over 35C is fatal within hours. Photograph: Courtesy of AAAS

In 2015, India and Pakistan witnessed one of the severest heatwaves in history which killed over 3,500 people.

Cityrene’s contribution to this climatic change:

Cityrene builds smart sustainable house. We adopt these technologies to overcome these climatic changes:

Passive cooling:

1.Venting out of hot air

2.Geo thermal cooling

3.Heat reflective windows and paints

4.Using GFRG for constructing houses which make them cooler by 4 degrees

5.Reducing the humidity in air by using the air from water technology.


Check this amazing video on Climatic change with Bill Nye.

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Cityrene-Recent Achievements

Cityrene-Recent Achievements

Being a startup is no easy- in fact, it is the most difficult and the most challenging job in the world. You can make millions once your startup takes off. All the longest and success journey begins with one smaller step. That how it began with Cityrene too.

That’s one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind -Neil Armstrong

Our first greatest achievement is here. Cityrene got the “BEST STARTUP IN INDIA” award (Founder X Award) by Founder Institute. Founder Institute: The world premier idea- stage accelerator and startup launch program.

First of all, we got nominated in two categories (Startup in India and also in Frontier technology). In each category eight to ten company were selected all over the world.

In final round,Cityrene won the “BEST STARTUP IN INDIA”. We all were over the moon.

Best startup in India-Cityrene Builders

We didn’t stop there, we wanted to achieve more and more. Then, on the same month Inventiva- a startup magazine featured about us on their website. This helped us reach more people.

Cityrene got featured in Inventiva


Since Cityrene being only a few months old startup was difficult for us to get funding for our next township. Cityrene needed more exposure to attract investors and customers. Hence, we applied for startup India-Department of Industrial policy and promotion.Startup India- A place where Government of India recognises innovative company.

The BEST STARTUP IN INDIA award and our company featured in startup magazine helped us a lot for applying for startup India.

Finally, we received a mail stating “Cityrene is now a startup recognised by startup India-Department of Industrial policy and promotion” after few days of application. We felt so alive and exuberant. This is another great milestone for our company.

Benefits of Startup India are

  • Self -certification and compliance under 9 environmental & labour laws
  • Startup patent application fast track & up to 80% rebate in filling patents
  • Public Procurement fast track under the criteria of “prior experience/turnover” for startups in all Central Government Ministries/Departments
  • Winding up company in 90 days under Insolvency & Bankruptcy Code 2016
  • INR 10,000 crore of funds for investment into startups through Alternate Investment Funds
  • INR 2,000 crore credit guarantee fund for startups through National Credit Guarantee Trust Company / SIDBI over 4 years
  • Tax exemptions on income tax for 3 years


Cityrene-Certificate of recognition from Government of India:

Certificate of Recognition

In addition, we have also applied for few pitching competitions that are taking place all over the world on smart and eco-friendly materials. South summit-A leading event from the South, connecting the most innovative entrepreneurs with the most important investors in the world which is taking place in Spain is also one of the pitching competition we have applied for. Almost 3100+ participants from 70 different companies participated in this event.

Cityrene has been selected one among the 400+ startups all over the world who has applied. Now, we are preparing for the second round to compete with the other participants. Hoping the best to get the final trophy.

South Summit-Cityrene got selected in first round


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“No more water crisis”-This water cube produces water from thin air using solar energy

“No more water crisis”-This water cube produces water from thin air using solar energy

Today one in ten people lack access to safe drinking water . During summers, most of the cities face water crisis. Here is the solution. This water Cube, made of stainless steel can solve the water crisis.Know more about clean water crisis here

water cube-produces water from thin air

WaterCube by SunGlacier  

Water Cube:

A Dutch inventor named Ap Verheggen invented this amazing machine. Inspired by years travelling through the Arctic, where he saw how climatic change influences the local people. Finally, he started to think how to create water where it is scarce due to the changing environment.

Water cube-cone image

Cone that condenses the water

Then he invented this water cube.The biggest challenge Verheggen and his team face were cooling down the cone to above freezing point without much energy usage. After lots of trials, he finally achieved it with 25 watts of energy.

The process of water cube:

Water Cube -a 20-inch cube with solar cells embedded within that which powers a refrigerator. This refrigerator, in turn, cools off an inverted cone to create condensation.Therefore, producing fresh and safe drinking water.

The small solar panels on the top and sides of the cube produce around 40 watts. The remaining energy stored in the battery fitted will be used during less sunny days. Water production is directly proportionate to the temperature. Especially, this compatible and fascinating machine is suitable for hot and water scarce areas.

“The sun is shining on the solar panels, and they generate electricity that is used to cool a surface,” Verheggen explained. “Water in the air bounces to it, and it starts to condensate. The water drops drip down and collected in a container or glass.”

Surprisingly, Water Cube produced even more water than expected by Verheggen and his team. They are now working on a next-generation of the device with a 10-litre capacity that is smaller and only needs a few solar panels for power.

Future vision:

Verheggen and his team are researching in developing a system that doesn’t have moving parts, to use for open agriculture. Just making to stick them to the ground and they make water.

Check the video for the whole process

WaterCube by SunGlacier – Ap Verheggen on Vimeo.

We, at Cityrene, build homes which could solve the problems faced by people with housing, therefore contributing our part to save the environment. We provide our customers with water from air technology helping them to get pure and safe drinking water.

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Green building is no more an option,its mandatory

Green building is no more an option,its mandatory

Day by day earth’s temperature is getting warmer and warmer. Everyone started to talk about going green. It’s time for everyone must start to follow green movement because the earth is not sustainable. i.e. we are running out of natural resources. We keep depleting natural resources, we are at the peak of warning stage.

A study conducted by International Water Management Institute shows total water demand will increase by 22 percentage by 2025 and 32 percent by 2050 in India. Previously the per capita water consumption was 135 lpcd (Litres per capita per day) and now it is increased to 200lpcd. United Nations Statistics says 0.3 percent of fresh water is available in the world. Already people in few cities like Chennai are facing thewater crisis. So, if environmental-friendly factors are considered right from the initial building stage, we may be able to sustain these natural resources.

According to the U.S. Green Building Council, buildings account for:

  • 36% of energy use
  • 65% of electricity consumption
  • 30% of raw materials use, greenhouse gas emissions and waste output
  • 12% of water consumption

An increase in the adoption of green building practices could reduce all these significantly.

Efficient green building accounts only for about 5% in India. Among all the cities selected under smart city development program, only Bhubaneshwar has shown actual commitment to creating housing infrastructure green.

What exactly is Green Building? Let’s take a closer look at it:

Green building, is the practice of increasing the efficiency with which buildings uses energy, water, and materials, and of reducing impacts on human health and the environment for the entire lifecycle of a building.

Some people feel that they can’t go for green buildings because it will cost more money, but it is just a misconception. While it may cost you a bit more to install few smart technologies to get started but once you install, it will save you more money than you think for the full lifetime of the building. You can save more money in energy, thereby conserving energy. You also save environment which is a win-win situation!

 Green building

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Why Green Building:

According to the U.S Green Building Council(USGBC), buildings account for an average of 41% of the world’s energy use. Green buildings effectively use resources like energy, water, electricity reducing waste and pollution. Green buildings are built considering the building layout for adequate solar orientation and proper ventilation which in turn reduces the heat intake and maximises the glare-free daylight. They are also efficient in treating waste water and also the biodegradable waste. Bio-degradable waste and grey water waste are recycled and used to water and manure for plants and trees.

Benefits of Green Buildings :

  • Reduces wastage of water and material
  • Reduction in cost
  • Improve air and water quality
  • Conserve natural resources
  • Protect biodiversity
  • Reduce operating costs
  • Improve quality of life
  • Reducing the carbon footprint
  • Improve occupant health and comfort

As you can see green building are a lot beneficial to you and also to the environment. Green buildings is not an option anymore. Go green to bring positive changes in your life and also in the environment we live.

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Know about how we build our homes green which you will definitely love.