Importance of Green Buildings for Progressive India:
In developing countries like India where fast-growing middle classes chase the ‘good life’, it is certain that there is going to be greater pressure on already stressed natural resources and ecosystems. The demand for energy, water and materials for construction has been growing enormously over the years and the need has arisen to address the minimization of natural resources for the building construction and their associated impact on environment. Building sector accounts for 30-40 percent of global Green House Gas emissions. In this regard constructing green buildings can play a catalytic role in addressing environmental issues and concerns.
Are the customers ready?
Sustainability is not just a goal, it’s a necessity. In its quest to go green, many developers are promulgating the important message of living in sustainable environment among its buyers. This message is perhaps welcomed by all customers. For customers, green buildings construction assures the healthiest possible environment by reducing its environmental footprint through sustainable selections and conservation of energy and resources. In addition, occupants of green buildings enjoy healthier indoor environments and higher productivity levels.
Small Steps lead to attainable goals…
We undertake certain measures from time to time to ensure that construction is environment friendly. Steps like installing solar panels to generate electricity, skylights that enable natural lighting, installation of LED lamps for energy efficiency, thermal chillers for cooling, rainwater harvesting that enables to collect and channel rainwater for various purposes are incorporated in some of our projects. We have also been making use of fly ash bricks in most of our projects as they possess higher strength which aids in designing stronger, yet more economic structures. We also conduct research on minimizing water and electricity wastage and prescribe steps for conservation.
Smart city movement & Green building: Complimenting each other
The smart city movement in India is drawing on the development at the global level. With increasing urbanization and the load on rural land, the government has now realized the need for cities that can cope with the challenges of urban living and also an investment opportunity. PM Modi’s announcement of ‘100 smart cities’ falls in line with this vision. There is no doubt that we need to nurture, preserve and renew the urban fabric with changing times. In this regard the concept of green buildings can contribute substantially. The tie up of smart city with green buildings ensures that economic development and activity is sustainable and rationally incremental by virtue of being based on success-oriented market drivers such as supply and demand. They benefit everybody, including citizens, businesses, the government and the environment.