Have you heard about the green movement lately? People trying to reduce their carbon footprint as much as possible in various ways, one of which includes going vegan. This green trend has caught up with buildings and the trend is growing as we speak. But what really is a green building and why are they needed?
At the rate we are currently going, the earth may not be able to sustain life for that much longer (time frame, hard to say!) as we are exhausting our resources rapidly given the needs of the world’s growing population, but more importantly as each individual in this planet is on average leaving a larger carbon footprint. Take a look at Delhi, India this time and Mumbai, even though by the sea is not doing that much better in terms of pollution.
Soon, given the current trends, the existing resources will not be enough for humans to survive and we are running out of time finding sustainable alternatives to the resources being utilized. This is why sustainable living is required.
What’s a green building?
Green buildings are those which utilize the right materials and design strategies to conserve energy and the environment around them.
How do you figure out if a building is sustainable?
In India, there’s two such committees set up solely for grading the buildings that conform with the green building rating systems. They are known as Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) and Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) and are the equivalent of US-based Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) in India.
IGBC building certifications are a checklist of criteria that rank how energy-efficient buildings are. Based on a number of points accumulated in several different categories such as energy usage, water usage, materials used, etc, the actual certification is determined. There are four different levels: certified, silver, gold, and platinum and the process utilizes a point system to discern the environmental merits of the given building. Needless to say, we at Jagaha would certainly encourage those to find your next office space in Mumbai in a IGBC certified building.
Benefits of Green buildings:
- The reduction in water and energy consumption. The water savings could range around 30 – 50% and energy savings from 20 – 30%.
- Enhanced air quality
- Excellent daylighting health & well-being of the occupants
- Safety benefits and
- Conservation of scarce national resources
These are the major factors why green buildings are highly preferred in most developed regions of the world.
It is also a common misconception that sustainable buildings are not cost effective. While in some cases it can prove to be an investment but like all good investments, it gives better returns than a non-certified building. So not only are you saving money for both tenants and developers, but you are also helping the earth move a step forward and give generations to come a better and greener future.
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