The mother nature is strong enough to take care of herself but it is we who have to act responsible in order to lead a better life .With population and pollution on an all-time high, sustainable living is the need of the hour. What better way to solve this everlasting woe of human race, than to go green?
‘Green Building’ as a concept that is gradually catching up with urban India. As Wikepedia defines, ‘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’. The Indian Green Building Council, formed by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in the year 2001, uses 5 elements of nature, namely the earth, water, fire, air and sky, for an eco-friendly approach to build a sustainable development. A green building’s aim is to make the most of the available resources without compromising on the basic amenities that an individual must enjoy at home or office. There is major emphasis on water savings and the kind of raw material which goes into the making of green buildings. Even though the emphasis is on saving energy, the indoor environmental quality gains the importance over other necessities.
According to sources, in India there are around 212 structures that are certified as eco-friendly by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC). Chennai is home to 42 green buildings followed by Mumbai, with 29 green buildings. Hyderabad and Bangalore are tied in third and fourth place with 24 each. These Green Buildings construct ecologically sustainable buildings that generate their own power, stay cool with cornices covered with native plant species that require little water and save electricity with occupancy sensor-fitted lighting.
The Turbo Energy office complex in RA Puram, Menon Eternity in Alwarpet and Shell Business Service in Perungudi are some of the popular green buildings in Chennai that have been designed keeping in mind scientific parameters such as sustainability, waste generation and conservation of natural resources.
There are many more cities across India that will eventually walk the green path and build green sustainable buildings for the future generations. Keeping in mind the kind of stress climate change has brought about in the way we live, it won’t be surprising to see a lot more green buildings in the near future. Even though the maintenance of a green building is slightly more expensive than the normal ones, it’s worth the effort and pays reward in the long run. Like they say, let’s make a better world for our children and grand children.