Here’s how the need for sustainability is changing the real estate sector
Sustainability is a choice today, but will be a need sooner than you imagine
When you think of the factors resulting in climate change/global warming, what comes to mind are issues like use of plastic, extinction of animals, pollutants in the sea, emissions etc; but did you know that the very building you reside in is also a very legitimately contributing to global warming? As per a 2017 study by United Nations Environment Programme, “Buildings and construction together account for 36% of global final energy use and 39% of Carbon Dioxide emissions”.
It is no wonder that developers around the world are aiming towards sustainable construction practices, including India. Buildings that use optimum use of the natural resources and are planned, constructed and designed in such a way that their eco system minimizes energy consumption throughout their lifetime are called Green Buildings. In short, an environmentally responsible building that is cost effective and resource efficient at the same time.
India has three predominant rating systems that rate the green buildings as per the initiatives taken- LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), IGBC (Indian Green Building Council), and GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment). These rating systems check how efficiently a green building uses the local resources, recycles, and how much reduction of power, water and waste materials has been made.
Here are a few sustainable construction practices largely used in our country-
Smart Designing Methods-
Provisions like rainwater harvesting, waste management, recycling etc. are included in the design of the building right from the most basic stage. Eventually, these even reduce the cost of the project. There is also Designing Insulation done for the project to prevent energy loss by using insulated material for construction. Reuse of water for irritation of the ecosystem and placement of the windows to reduce dependency on external sources of energy are also very effective.
Use of recycle raw material-
This includes using materials like bricks made of construction waste, using manufactured sand prepared from crushing granite stone, recycled metals like aluminium etc. These materials reduce corrosion of naturally existing minerals and elements and at the same time reduce the need for transport and help in save fuel/energy.
Indoor and Outdoor environment-
Developers have a lot of emphasis on open spaces and greenery around their projects to ensure the emissions are in check and the air qualities are better. Moreover, the maintenance of these green areas is ensured via recycled garbage and water and it is ensured that no extra water is wasted.
In India, the green building sector is expected to grow at 20% year on year. At Emaar India, we take this responsibility with utmost sincerity. The recently launched Emaar Digi Homes has obtained a GRIHA rating of 4 for the initiatives taken within the vicinity of the project. These initiatives include usage of Aluminium Formwork for construction, usage of reflective paints, harnessing solar energy, having a waste recycling system within the premises and using rainwater harvesting. The project is also designed in such a way that it harnesses the natural light and winds, to minimize the usage of external energy sources. Sustainability is a choice today, but we are inching towards a society when it will be a need and that time is almost upon us.