Green Build­ing Con­cept

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The con­cept of green build­ing is also known as the sus­tain­able or the high per­for­mance build­ing. It is high time we pay at­ten­tion to the con­cept and fol­low the nat­u­ral laws while con­struct­ing our build­ings. The World Green Build­ing Coun­cil was es­tab­lished in Novem­ber 1999 in Cal­i­for­nia and was in­cor­po­rated in 2002 and a sec­re­tariat was es­tab­lished in 2007 in To­ranto, Canada. In­dian Green Build­ing Coun­cil is na­tional body with the goal to pro­mote build­ing en­vi­ron­ment in the coun­try. So what is green build­ing and what are the fea­tures of it and how it is rel­e­vant in to­day's times. A green build­ing is a struc­ture that is en­vi­ron­men­tally re­spon­si­ble and re­source ef­fi­cient to re­duce the over­all im­pact of the built en­vi­ron­ment on hu­man health and the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment. Any type of build­ing has the po­ten­tial to be­come green or sus­tain­able build­ing. Even ex­ist­ing build­ing can also be­come green through re­mod­el­ing, retrofitting and im­proved op­er­a­tions. The ba­sic points in green build­ing struc­ture are, en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, use of re­new­able en­ergy, wa­ter ef­fi­ciency, en­vi­ron­men­tally prefer­able build­ing ma­te­rial, waste re­duc­tion, toxic re­duc­tion, in­door air qual­ity and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment. There is green build­ing rat­ing sys­tem called GRIHA (Green Rat­ing for In­te­grated Habi­tat As­sess­ment). The con­cept of green build­ing is the re­sult of the fac­tors like sus­tain­abil­ity, en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, ef­fi­cient wa­ter man­age­ment, re­cy­cling and re­use of ma­te­ri­als, use of re­new­able en­ergy, in­door en­vi­ron­men­tal qual­ity, en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cern and in­fra­struc­ture plan­ning. The build­ing con­structed by in­cor­po­rat­ing all these el­e­ments, re­sult in green build­ing. The de­vel­op­ment of green build­ings in In­dia in 2012 was around 1, 750. To­day In­dia has over 1.34 bil­lion square feet of green build­ing foot print. It is ev­i­dent that smart, sus­tain­able green build­ings have be­come a ne­ces­sity in to­day's life to pro­tect our en­vi­ron­ment. There are var­i­ous cor­po­rate and de­vel­op­ers like In­fosys, Wipro, Tata, Go­drej, Ra­heja and Hi­ranan­dani who have in­cor­po­rated sus­tain­abil­ity in their busi­ness. The scope of green build­ings is ever in­creas­ing and in­cludes commercial projects, IT parks, ho­tels, ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tutes, res­i­den­tial town­ships and com­plexes. Green build­ing process, ma­te­ri­als and projects, will spur eco­nomic growth in fu­ture.

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