Being on with the environment and the natural environs is actually what Going Green refers to as. So what is a green building? A building or a tower which is sustainable and has more significant consideration for nature while balancing the stated objective of its use can be said to be as a green building.
Such constructions and their maintenance after that should ensure a healthy environ and take great care not to pollute the water, land, and air in and around the project.
The design of such buildings is conceptualized in a way that the effect on nature is reduced by:
- Efficient use of water, energy and other resources.
- Minimal waste, pollution and maximum use of environment-friendly materials in building construction and development.
- Emphasis on the health of occupants and inculcating more positivity.
Green buildings also lead to cost benefits and operations to become cheaper. The social impact is also quite powerful as they reduce stress on the local infra while better the living quality for occupants.
The major goal of a Green Building is sustainability with minimal damage to the fragile ecosystem. Pollution is a major issue today, with environmental damage its biggest cause. A small change, an effective building which causes less harm also helps to maintain a balance between urbanization and nature.
India’s quest for green development
Development always comes at the cost of the environment. The thrust for rapid economic development results in unbridled urbanization and population growth. These dynamics led to degradation in the environment and depletion of non-renewable resources. Rampant use of natural resources led to several undesirable extreme weather phenomena the likes rising in average temperature, smog formation, water pollution, and deteriorating air quality.
In recent years, alarming change in the climate of cities like Delhi-NCR, Bengaluru, Chennai, and Kolkata has drawn the attention of industry leaders and government. India is the fourth-largest emitter of greenhouse gases globally, following China, the United States, and the European Union. To mitigate these kinds of the climate change phenomenon India and other countries are taking action to ensure the efficient use of natural resources and encouraging technological solutions.
The real estate sector accounts for more than a third of global greenhouse gas emissions and potentially provides a great opportunity for carbon reduction. A study has revealed that the construction industry consumes around 40% of total energy and at least 5% of human carbon footprints comes from this industry.
In India, there are multiple certified green buildings which define green technology, which is setting a benchmark and inspiring others to embrace this technology. Some of the prominent certified green buildings are:
- Suzlon One Earth, Pune
- ITC Maurya, New Delhi
- TCS Techno Park, Chennai