At this time of the year don’t you get ready to say goodbye to the harsh summer and look forward to embracing the calm of the winter? Turn off the air conditioner and warm up the heater. Did you know, our ever rising and demanding standard of living is increasing dependency on such improvements and other comforts, every passing year? This dependency is evidently putting focus on the performance and standards of buildings we live and work in. Hence, to address this we create Initiatives that classify buildings in the same way we classify goods and home appliances, that is in terms of energy efficiency.
On this note, we are going to talk about green buildings. It is a building that uses less energy, water and natural resources, creates less waste and is healthier for the people living inside as compared to a standard building.
Using products and sustainable design are important aspects to keep in mind while creating a green building. Products vary from thermal insulation and specialised building components to high efficiency air conditioning systems and renewable energy systems. In terms of design the construction techniques and elements of the building fabric which result in reduced energy consumption, sustainable use of resources as well as renewable energy sources is integrated in the building fabric.
As you would have thought, the Indian Government too has kept its eyes and ears open when it comes to creating green buildings. They believe that India can be energy surplus if they achieve a Green Building Revolution. To achieve this the country needs to adopt latest energy saving technologies, invest in renewable energy and run mass awareness campaigns about Hi-tech energy savvy products.
Their interest stems from the fact that in a metro such as Delhi, where energy demand peaks up to 6000 MW in summers and average sales of ACs every year is three lakh, it is really important to monitor, control and conserve energy. Also, in the current scenario India is the fourth largest energy consumer after the US, China and Russia.
Interestingly, the Government believes that both private and public sector power players need to collaborate and build up a strong cost effective management system. So, they set up the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) in 2001 to usher in a green building movement in India and facilitate the country to become one of the global leaders in green buildings.
Taking a look at establishments that have embraced green building cite that the energy consumption has reduced by 30-40%. Some experience enhanced indoor air quality, daylight and ventilation. Water saving has increased by 20-30%. Most of all the occupants are livelier and happier which suggests that the green building revolution is just around the corner for us.