With increasing level of pollution, focus on greener future in growing day by day. Electric cars, use of natural fuels are some of the important concepts towards a healthy environment. One such concept which in current time given a major focus is of Green Buildings. A green building is one which uses less water, optimizes energy efficiency, conserves natural resources, generates less waste and provides healthier spaces for occupants, as compared to a conventional building.
According to United States Environment program, globally, buildings are responsible for a huge share of energy, electricity, water and materials consumption. Currently, Buildings account for 18% of global emissions. So, if new technologies in construction are not adopted this amount could double by 2050.
Here the importance of green building comes into account as they aim to reduce the environmental impact of a building. Apart from this, a recent report on the green building also highlighted the importance of such buildings on wellness at the workplace and enhancement of the health and well-being of employees.
According to Mili Majumdar, Managing Director, Green Business Certification Institute and Sr. Vice President – U.S. Green Building Council, “In the past few years, public concern about the quality of the air we breathe has been growing. With buildings and transportation being the two biggest drivers of emissions on the planet, green building rating systems—such as LEED— emphasize new designs and practices that foster all aspects of a clean, safe environment, including air quality, reduced energy consumption, water preservation and sustainable transportation. With an increased awareness on green buildings and employee’s health, we hope that the government and corporates give the built environment in which one works utmost importance as it is not difficult for an organization to achieve employee well-being”.
In India, Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) is the major authority which looks after developing new green building rating programmes, certification services and green building training programmes. Just last week, in a survey conducted by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), India has been ranked third among top 10 countries for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified buildings. Currently, India has 752 LEED-certified projects totaling over 20.28 million gross square meters of space.
Some of the best green buildings in India are: IGP Office at Gulbarga, Suzlon ‘One Earth’ at Pune, ITC Hotel – The Royal Gardenia at Bangalore, Godrej Plant II-IT Park at Mumbai, Infosys Pocharam at Hyderabad and Bearys Global Research Triangle at Bangalore. These buildings are considered as much sustainable place for employees to work than others.
In the last few decades, the construction industry has started adopting measures that reduce energy consumption, waste generation and degradation of natural resources. With increasing demand for green buildings, even the developers today are focusing on such projects. However, a myth around a green building which always flow is their high costing and price. But to everyone’s surprise, this is not so, the price and costing are same as that of other buildings. In order to meet with the increasing demand, even government is also launching many schemes to help developers to move their focus towards green buildings.
So we can say that green buildings are the need of the hour as they not only save energy and water but also promote healthy indoor environments.