By Accommodation Times (www.accommodationtimes.com)
By Nawaz Sayyed
In the current scenario world is suffering through global warming. Whereas, in India like country density problem is also become a big issue, it means at the same time government have to tackle with both the entity (Global warming as well as density). For instance if government takes some robust actions to get over through from density problem then it has to clean up forest and mangroves to construct buildings but if this would happens then global warming issue will standstill. According to the experts green buildings are answer for both the issues.
As it’s a challenge to preserve the environment. With rapid urbanization and dramatic growth of population in urban areas and excessive energy consumption, the concept of sustainable and green development has become a new paradigm in architectural pedagogy for the 21st century. Eco-friendly homes are a latest trend emerging in real estate business. The demand for Eco-friendly homes or apartments is rising in major cities such as Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi-NCR, Mumbai and Hyderabad.
The biggest advantage of a green building is if it is designed well, this may accrue life-long benefits at small makeup costs. As socialists, our effort is to promote the concept of sustainable development that is in harmony with nature while keeping intact the traditions and practices of ancient India.
According to the several realtors ‘Green Building’ technology is a futuristic idea for the planet. As it is inspired from various elements of nature and innovatively designed to generate significant economic and health advantages to us. It takes us closer to nature by bringing nature closer to home. In fact, it makes the whole growth story of mankind sustainable.
Though Green homes are little expensive but necessity in today’s life to protect our environment, but proper planning can reduce the cost.
The green building idea got support from government authorities by offering several benefits such as property tax rebate.
Green buildings have always been part of the Indian ethos. The large-scale adoption today comes naturally for Indian designers and architects. The only change, perhaps, that we are seeing today is the need to blend our traditional wisdom with contemporary technologies and practices. This can largely be attributed to the changes in lifestyle and general increase in economic affordability of the people.
As a result of the increased interest in green building concepts and practices, a number of organizations have developed standards, codes and rating systems that let government regulators, building professionals and consumers embrace green building with confidence. In some cases, codes are written so local governments can adopt them as bylaws to reduce the local environmental impact of buildings.
Green building rating systems such as BREEAM (United Kingdom), LEED (United States and Canada), DGNB (Germany) and CASBEE (Japan) help consumers determine a structure’s level of environmental performance. They award credits for optional building features that support green design in categories such as location and maintenance of building site, conservation of water, energy, and building materials, and occupant comfort and health. The number of credits generally determines the level of achievement.
There are several developers have been awarded for Green Building such as Godrej Bhavan received Gold certification from USGBC, CHD Developers received Gold certification from Ministry of Environment and Forests, Ackruti Greenwoods awarded IGBC Green Homes Gold Precertification, Pune Marriott Hotel received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification and CII-IGBC Conference on Green Buildings held in Goa on 24th September 2011.