Apr 22 2017 : The Times of India (Mumbai)
We aspire to do our bit in contributing towards the betterment of the environment. And one of the most significant ways to achieve just that is by ensuring that our new abode is environmentally-friendly
When Rashid Khan entered the sales pavilion of a developer’s project, he was not looking for a short-term discount but instead a long-term benefit. Hence, among the many queries that he volleyed to the sales staff one was specific to the porosity and density measurement of fly ash brick to be used for load bearing walls. He also enquired about the method that was applied to dimensional measurement and mass to determine the density of the structure. The sales team had no answer to his questions. This is where the consciousness towards an environment-friendly home comes into play. As we celebrate Earth Day today, it is surprising to note that in the rural areas, people have been experimenting with this concept since a long time with the use of mud bricks and other locally sourced natural products.However, it is in the infancy stage in urban areas. Another home buyer, Avnita Kalra shares, “I was told by a certain developer that the project is `green’. He also presented his case with credentials of a green certification and the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification of projects, to ascertain its green credentials.“
WHY ECO-FRIENDLY HOMES?
It is true that for an average home buyer, it is difficult to ascertain whether the developer is really offering eco-friendly homes or not. A buyer should then be ready with his checklist to understand whether the home is genuinely environment-friendly.
Saacketh Chawla, deputy managing director, Colliers International feels that with the green movement catching up, awareness has grown. “Metros sometimes lack the infrastructure that provide the necessary fillip to green homes.With the current capacity and maintenance standards of our STPETPs, the water waste generated from our homes reaches the natural water bodies untreated.Similar shortcomings in the form of water mismanagement deter potential buyers from exploring the true potential of green homes. Once an integration is achieved, we will see the true value of green construction in India,“ feels Chawla. Informing and educating the home-buyers is the first step and certain basic fundamentals should be kept handy. For example, not many people know that vitrified tiles are cheap but these over-used tiles in apartments, leave a high carbon footprint. Thatched roofs have the lowest embodied energy but demand high maintenance.
Sukhraj B. Nahar, CMD, Nahar Group, believes that green homes in India can help in saving vital resources such as water, “Green homes go a long way towards promoting a healthy environment within the confines of a home. However, the high cost of construction, a lack of advanced technology and the high maintenance cost, are some of drawbacks when it comes to constructing a green home. The entire process of applying and securing approvals from various departments is a tedious task where a lot of time gets wasted. And as a result, a large number of green projects are still awaiting a nod from the government authorities.“
Publication / Source: Times of India.com