Going Green Is Easy

A Green Building is any construction that uses Renewable Resources as much as possible, for example Sun Light and Rain Water, and minimizes the consumption from external sources such as Grid Power and Ground Water to provide for the needs of its occupants. The ultimate goal of a Green Building is to be completely self reliant without having to source anything from outside and not discard anything outside.

Also Green Buildings are certainly most cost effective in operation because

1. They use Renewable resources which are freely available

2. They Reduce and Recycle the conventional resources if and when required.

 

1. Natural Lighting

2. Reduce and Reuse water

3. Solar Energy

4. Home Farming

Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) defies a Green Building as

“A green building is one which uses less water, optimises energy efficiency, conserves natural resources, generates less waste and provides healthier spaces 
for occupants, as compared to a conventional building.”

Green Building Movement in India

The Green Building movement in India was triggered off when CII-Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre building in Hyderabad was awarded with the first and the prestigious Platinum rated green building rating in India. Since then, Green Building movement in India has gained tremendous impetus over the years. 

With a modest beginning of 20,000 sq.ft. green built-up area in the country in the year 2003, today (as on 31 July 2019) more than 5,409 Green Buildings projects coming up with a footprint of over 6.92 Billion sq.ft are registered with the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), out of which 1797 Green Building projects are certified and fully functional in India. This growth has been possible with the participation of all stakeholders in the green building movement. 

Today all types of buildings are going the Green way- Government, IT Parks, Offices, Residential, Banks, Airports, Convention Centre, Institutions, Hospitals, Hotels, Factories, SEZs, Townships, Schools, Metros etc., 

How to make your home a Green Building?

There are a number of ways to make a building green. These include:

Taking an intelligent approach to energy

  • Minimising energy use in all stages of a building’s life-cycle, making new and renovated buildings more comfortable and less expensive to run, and helping building users learn to be efficient too.

Renewable Resources

Maximizing the use of Renewable Resources is the first step in going green. Build your home so as to utilize maximum sun light and use solar energy for your home electric needs, put in place a rain water harvesting mechanism, Grow your own Fruits and vegetables on your rooftop, front yard or back yard.

Optimization

In spite of best efforts to use Renewable resources, some times you will to use or depend on Conventional Resources for your Home needs, optimization these resources in those case will have a great impact on the Environment. Simple steps such as limiting the shower time to 5 min,  

There are a number of ways to make a building green. These include:

Taking an intelligent approach to energy

  • Minimising energy use in all stages of a building’s life-cycle, making new and renovated buildings more comfortable and less expensive to run, and helping building users learn to be efficient too. 
  • Integrating renewable and low-carbon technologies to supply buildings’ energy needs, once their design has maximised inbuilt and natural efficiencies. 

Safeguarding water resources

  • Exploring ways to improve drinking and waste water efficiency and management, harvesting water for safe indoor use in innovative ways, and generally minimising water use in buildings.
  • Considering the impact of buildings and their surroundings on stormwater and drainage infrastructure, ensuring these are not put under undue stress or prevented from doing their job. 

Minimising waste and maximising reuse

  • Using fewer, more durable materials and generating less waste, as well as accounting for a building’s end of life stage by designing for demolition waste recovery and reuse. 
  • Engaging building users in reuse and recycling. 

Promoting health and wellbeing

  • Bringing fresh air inside, delivering good indoor air quality through ventilation, and avoiding materials and chemicals that create harmful or toxic emissions.
  • Incorporating natural light and views to ensure building users’ comfort and enjoyment of their surroundings, and reducing lighting energy needs in the process.
  • Designing for ears as well as eyes. Acoustics and proper sound insulation play important roles in helping concentration, recuperation, and peaceful enjoyment of a building in educational, health and residential buildings.
  • Ensuring people are comfortable in their everyday environments, creating the right indoor temperature through passive design or building management and monitoring systems.

Keeping our environment green

  • Recognising that our urban environment should preserve nature, and ensuring diverse wildlife and land quality are protected or enhanced, by, for example, remediating and building on polluted land or creating new green spaces.
  • Looking for ways we can make our urban areas more productive, bringing agriculture into our cities.

Creating resilient and flexible structures

  • Adapting to our changing climate, ensuring resilience to events such as flooding, earthquakes or fires so that our buildings stand the test of time and keep people and their belongings safe. 

  • Designing flexible and dynamic spaces, anticipating changes in their use over time, and avoiding the need to demolish, rebuild or significantly renovate buildings to prevent them becoming obsolete. 


Connecting communities and people  

  • Creating diverse environments that connect and enhance communities, asking what a building will add to its context in terms of positive economic and social effects, and engaging local communities in planning.
  • Ensuring transport and distance to amenities are considered in design, reducing the impact of personal transport on the environment, and encouraging environmentally friendly options such as walking or cycling.
  • Exploring the potential of both ‘smart’ and information communications technologies to communicate better with the world around us, for example through smart electricity grids that understand how to transport energy where and when it is needed.

Considering all stages of a building’s life-cycle

  • Seeking to lower environmental impacts and maximise social and economic value over a building’s whole life-cycle (from design, construction, operation and maintenance, through to renovation and eventual demolition).
  • Ensuring that embodied resources, such as the energy or water used to produce and transport the materials in the building are minimised so that buildings are truly low impact.

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