“Go green” seems to be a powerful slogan at present. It seems like everyone is going green at present. What does this mean? Does it mean everyone is painting their homes green or does this refer to people becoming more environment-friendly and caring towards the surroundings? Well, it involves all these and something more. This initiative to go green has witnessed a steady growth globally with increasing number of people joining the bandwagon.
Of all the green initiatives practiced across the globe, the increasing urge to construct green buildings can be termed as a notable move towards a greener future. Like other countries, the concept of green buildings is gaining momentum in
Green buildings are the need of the hour as they have so much to offer to the ecosystem. They help to save on operating energy and cost of water, depending on usage levels. The other aspects to note are increasing longevity of building, better health of employees, higher levels of productivity and of course an image makeover for the building. Even though a green building looks exactly like any other building from the exterior, the key difference lies in the materials and approach towards construction. From materials used in construction to the paint adorning the interiors, everything is eco-friendly, translating to the fact that chemicals used here is very minimal.
At present, IGBC has around 405 members and the number of registered green buildings in the country stands at 259. To increase this number and to spread the awareness among Indian realty developers, IGBC has included schools, churches, museums and libraries in their list of green buildings. Moreover, it has made mandatory for new constructions to be in tune with the LEED policies and where it does not comply, the construction needs to be verified by an appointed member of IGBC.
Although usage of green materials might prove a bit expensive, at the end of the day it all boils down to living in sync with the surroundings and ensuring well-being of fellow beings.