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Varun Pahwa



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Apr 18, 2022

Innovative green buildings have emerged as a viable solution - Varun Pahwa, President, DRI

The world is looking towards energy-saving solutions leading to net zero buildings and is quickly adapting to energy conservation. In today’s times, when pollution has become a great menace in cities, people are looking for advanced options, adopting sustainable architecture designs & constructing buildings in order to limit their environmental impact.

Moreover, it is the need of the hour to reduce carbon footprints. As a result, technologically-driven, innovative green buildings have emerged as the viable solution to minimise the impact of building construction on the environment.

Green buildings also comply with the UN SDG goals that effectively work for a sustainable future, without depleting natural resources. Hence, it would be right to say that they advocate an affordable, reliable & sustainable access to energy and promote a resilient, innovative infrastructure to achieve sustainable cities & communities by transforming the way urban spaces are built & managed.

Utilising green products for construction can substantially increase ventilation, recover energy and control humidity. It helps in achieving LEED as well as other energy certifications which play a crucial role in reducing carbon and emission footprints by providing the framework & target for energy footprints to be achieved. For instance, ASSOCHAM, ECBC, LEED, Indian Green Building Council are prominent agencies & certifications that help in achieving a sustainable green building.

Here, green buildings play a pivotal role in reducing the energy consumption of the building. Green buildings are a sustainable architecture that champions the conservation of energy by utilising sustainable energy sources and ensuring the reuse & safety of building materials to considerably reduce the impact on the environment.

The efficiency of energy is also achieved by orienting the building in a certain way that takes full advantage of the sun’s position during seasonal changes. Moreover, depending on the geographical location, it utilises diversified and regionally appropriate energy sources, such as solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, water or natural gas.

Studies have shown that the contamination level in indoor air is much higher than the outdoor air. Advanced buildings do not compromise on people’s comfort while striking the right balance in the indoor air quality. It coherently regulates the indoor environmental quality with features that control the ventilation & temperature and does not use materials that emit toxic gases. The principle of energy conservation provides maximum protection against the loss of warm or cool air. These buildings highly maintain proper relative humidity (RH) and prevent any growth of mould, mildew in the enclosed atmosphere.

Green architecture is being adopted with agility across the world as it provides the best possible design to ensure the sustainability of the building with the help of innovative, energy efficient& smart solutions that render environmentally resilient buildings.

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