What makes a building green?

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Green building (also known as sustainable building) refers to both a structure and the application of processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life-cycle: from planning to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition while addressing design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort

The objective of green buildings is to reduce the overall impact of the built environment on human health and the natural environment by:

  • Efficiently using energy, water, and other resources
  • Protecting occupant health and improving employee productivity
  • Reducing waste, pollution and environmental degradation

Certifications for being a GREEN Building

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a set of rating systems for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green buildings which was Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. Other certifications include British BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) for buildings and large scale developments. In India, CII has Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) for defining the roadmap of green sustainable buildings.

Green Buildings in India

  1. Suzlon One Earth, Pune
  2. Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad
  3. CII- Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre, Hyderabad
  4. Infosys Mysore
  5. Infinity Benchmark, Kolkata
  6. I-Gate Knowledge Centre, Noida
  7. Bank Of India, Goa
  8. Biodiversity Conservation India Ltd. (BCIL), Bangalore
  9. Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai
  10. Olympia Tech Park Chennai

IGBC Green Homes

Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) Green Homes is the first rating programme developed in India, exclusively for the residential sector. It is based on accepted energy and environmental principles and strikes a balance between known established practices and emerging concepts. The system is designed to be comprehensive in scope, yet simple in operation

A Green Home can have tremendous benefits, both tangible and intangible. The immediate and most tangible benefit is in the reduction in water and operating energy costs right from day one, during the entire life cycle of the building.

Tangible Benefits:

  • Energy savings : 20 – 30%
  • Water savings : 30 – 50%

Intangible Benefits:

  • Enhanced air quality
  • Excellent day lighting
  • Health & wellbeing of the occupants
  • Conservation of scarce national resources
  • Enhance marketability for the project

To read more on IGBC green homes click here. Some of the apartments in Bangalore which are IGBC green homes certified includes

  1. Brigade Exotica
  2. Fortius Waterscape
  3. Embassy Pristine
  4. Golden Gate Presidential Towers