Do global warming issues make you sweat? Do you want to pass on the legacy of nature’s marvels to your children? The best way to ensure that you are doing your bit to protect the environment is to invest or live in a ‘Green-Certified’ home.
World Green Building Council
More than half of the greenhouse gas emissions in the developed world come from non-Green buildings. A federation of national councils – World Green Building Council – is striving to make the global property industry more and more environment friendly. National councils, in their respective countries, encourage structures that are built and designed to protect the environment, are cost-effective, and are safe and healthy for its occupants. Any such building – commercial or residential – that fulfills all the prerequisites specified by the council in terms of site development, water and energy efficiency, materials used and internal quality is certified as a ‘Green Building.’
Benefits of Green buildings
Green Buildings are cost effective and in the long run, prove to be more economical than conventionally built structures due to low maintenance, replacement and utility expenses. Since these structures use natural resources like solar power and harvested ground water, utility bills even for residents are very low. Use of locally produced materials reduces the transportation costs for builders and ‘less transport’ means ‘less pollution’!
Quality of Life:
The design and plans of Green Buildings are also certified. These buildings are designed and built in such a way that they enhance the quality of indoor air and natural daylight, which in turn improves the quality of life for the occupants. Use of pest and disaster proof materials during construction makes these structures healthy and safe places to live in.
Be it minimum site alteration, use of organic and recycled materials, or optimum utilization of solar energy, Green Buildings ensure that the environment is not adversely affected in any way. From design to operation of Green Buildings, environment safety is the focus – which ultimately will benefit all of us for generations to come.
It is heartening to note that a developing country like India is making conscious efforts to promote Green Buildings. Indian builders are getting their projects Green Certified – make sure your home is one of them.
(Source: World Green Building Council)
Do you have more information on Green-Certified properties? How are green certified buildings being promoted in the country you live in? Do you think India is ready to go green?