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Let’s Go Green!

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Your social timelines are probably buzzing with people talking about going green – Brands and individuals all the same. Yes! Everyone is talking about going the green route. Rightly so, it is the Environment Month. It truly is mesmerizing to see the large number of people taking a stand on going green and talking about environmental sustainability.

And while a lot of you might actually ask the question – How long after this month will this beautiful path sustain?, you will be truly surprised as to how many individuals have made ‘Go Green’ their motto.

People today are only getting more aware and are spreading of the importance of a healthy and green surroundings. Right from reusing that broken mug to collecting dry and wet waste separately to using less energy; a conscious effort is being made to do things the right way. This practice is followed not just at home but also outside in offices and societies. While many might think that planting a tree in your society or recreating interesting ‘do it yourself’ pieces is something that is only talked about; there are a number of individuals who actually do it.

Organizations and business too have begun to realize the impact of environmental sustainability. This is why you’ll probably hear about office cleaning drives and workshops which educate employees on going green.
At Tata Housing we are doing our best to serve this purpose. We have made it our mission to create awareness of sustainable living, environment protection and ecological conservation. Since all good deeds must start from home first, we have pioneered the concept of sustainable living by developing green homes since 2007.

To spread awareness further, we joined hands with Padma Shri awardee Sudarshan Patnaik who created a beautiful piece of sand art which revolves around the United Nation’s theme for World Environment Day 2014 ‘Raise your voice, not the sea level’.

It is through combined effort of our small activities around environment sustainability that a larger impact will be felt. So, let’s join hands and go green!

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The Emerging Trend of Eco-Homes

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With celebrities like Gul Panag and Abhay Deol paving the way for green homes, people across the planet are waking up to this emerging need & pushing the green quotient of their homes. The trend seems to be more popular in Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi-NCR, Mumbai and Hyderabad.

One of the main reasons behind the popularity of Green Homes is that it reduces the carbon footprint and brings down maintenance cost and utility bills. The homes are designed keeping in mind the factor of ‘energy efficiency’. Right from the building material, paint, solar equipments to rain water harvesting, different aspects are considered before building an environmentally responsible and resource-efficient home.

Below is an insight on the elements, cost factor & long-term benefits of going green

One can opt for organic accessories like bamboo planters, cotton bedcovers, handmade earthern sculptures, jute or cotton cushions and paper lamp shades to enrich the quality of the living space. Using glues, paints or varnish that have low VOC content or water based solutions are also an effective way to adapt green living.

While the green building movement has been around globally since the 1970s, it has gained momentum in India only in the last couple of years. The first standard green rating programme in India was Indian Green Building Council (IGBC). Even GRIHA, an acronym for Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment, conceived by TERI is the National Rating System of India.

Many of the modern-day green homes await GRIHA certification, whereas renowned architects and high-end builders plan their futuristic projects under the guidelines of IGBC. Tata Housing Development Company Limited has been one of the pioneers for sustainable green developments. It has been the biggest proponent of Green initiatives in the Indian Real Estate space. As on today, Tata Housing is developing over 44 million sq.ft, which is under various stages of developments, all built under the guidelines drawn by IGBC.

With more awareness among the masses and the architects willing to experiment with building styles and materials, the trend of turning homes into eco-friendly havens will soon become big. Other than being the need of the day, it’s something worth adapting in these times of climate change and global warming.

An eco-friendly home is more expensive compared to a traditional home, but looking at it from a long-term perspective enables us to get a higher value with respect to conserving energy, enhancing productivity and not to forget, better lifestyle.