Sustainable development is something that can be tapped into and used for empowering modern societies without depleting our natural resources.
Sustainable development is something that can be tapped into and used for empowering modern societies without depleting our natural resources. But how many of us are willing to do so?
Our cities are growing bigger and busier with every passing day. It is predicted that by 2050 an incredible 70% of the world’s population will move to urban areas.
Conventional thinking tells us that if this happens, then pollution will grow and quality of life will suffer demands for energy, water, shelter, and transport. This means more increase in climate change and temperatures, as well as the risk of flood and drought, sounds daunting.
Now, imagine an intimidating scenario where there exists an innovative, high tech urban city that feels like the countryside. Imagine an ecosystem where infrastructure and nature co-exist in harmony to create a cooler and more comfortable environment for us.
Any construction done on this integrative concept is popularly known as a green building.
This isn’t a fantasy theory or science fiction, this can be a way of life if we fervently tread on the path to these sustainability solutions;
Constructing energy-efficient green buildings that involve using resources like water, electricity, and non-synthetic raw materials effectively cause less harm to the environment. Non-toxic materials like stone, wood, and such others could be used in the exteriors as well as the interiors of the building to not only add to the functionality but also to enhance the aesthetic appeal.
The use of solar panels is growing. This is the best way to use the abundant solar energy for domestic and commercial purposes.
With everyone spending more time at home, power bills are higher than ever. A solar system for the home can arrest the uncontrollable rise in your power bills.
By 2025, the 2/3rd of the world is expected to face a water crisis. Having a mapped structure in the building for storing rainwater for later use is one of the best ways to curb the shortage of this resource.
Every project should be built in a way that maximizes the use of sunlight thus, automatically resulting in reduced usage of artificial lights during the day. This will save energy and help in keeping the rooms warm and comfortable.
The installation of the proper ventilation system strategically within the building will lead to the minimal usage of artificial heating and cooling systems. Thus, this helps in saving electricity and contribute to the environment better.
The modern-day electrical appliances are designed keeping in mind the need to save energy. Hence, choose your lighting fixtures and appliances wisely.
The Indian Green Building Council encourages builders for a sustainable built environment. IGBC certifies the green projects that are built based on certain mandatory requirements, which are non-negotiable. Such projects benefit both tangibly and intangibly in terms of energy and water-saving as well as improving the quality of life in the surrounding.
The carbon footprint of an environment-friendly building is minimized through the simple construction hacks mentioned above.
Given that city life has seen its temperature soaring in recent years, partly due to the decrease in greenery, the idea of the green building becomes even more urgent.