Build green

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In­dia's fu­ture build­ings will have to in­cor­po­rate tra­di­tional ar­chi­tec­ture if the environment is to be saved

The su­perla­tive is over­whelm­ing. In­dia has the fastest growing green build­ing in­dus­try in the world. And the pace of the growth is phe­nom­e­nal: the area un­der cer­ti­fied green build­ings has in­creased from just 1,858 square me­tres to 325 mil­lion sq m in 12 years. At a time when In­dia is ur­ban­is­ing rapidly, go­ing green in our con­struc­tion is de­sir­able. But un­com­fort­able ques­tions are being raised over the green build­ing con­cept. Are the cer­ti­fied green build­ings re­ally environment-friendly? Are they even en­ergy-ef­fi­cient, the sin­gle most im­por­tant as­pect of a green build­ing?

Vol­un­tary green build­ing poli­cies have so far failed to im­prove the per­for­mance of build­ings. Of­ten these poli­cies pro­vide tech­nol­ogy-driven so­lu­tions. As a re­sult, the so-called green build­ings do not ad­here to the min­i­mum need of sav­ing re­sources. In­dia has a strong ar­chi­tec­tural tra­di­tion that has re­sponded cre­atively to di­verse cli­matic con­di­tions. Can we re­sort to this to draft a mod­ern script for green liv­ing?

An­u­mita Roy­chowd­hury and Snigdha Das in this spe­cial cov­er­age bring to­gether a di­verse group of experts who not only de­mys­tify the con­cept of green build­ing but also ex­plore our age-old build­ing tech­niques that can be in­fused with new de­signs, ma­te­ri­als and tech­nolo­gies to make mod­ern build­ings more com­fort­able and live­able.

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