Sustainable green building concept is catching up pace in the city with a gradual jump from high-end residential buildings to commercial spaces and educational institutes while the Swachh brand has also seen as a catalyst.
In Indore, the cleanest city of the country, green building concept is seen growing at a rate of over 15 per cent with around 51 projects covering over 58 million sq ft built up area as green in a span of two years, according to Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), part of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
IGBC Indore chapter chairman Jitendra Mehta said, “The trend is catching up at over 15 per cent. Most residential projects and IT campuses coming up in the city are following the principles of sustainable green building.”
Mehta said, the trend is also growing among organsied business parks where green concept is one of the mandatory requirements.
According to IGBC, government buildings, institutions, temples and smart city projects are the new entrants into the sustainable green concept.
Experts claimed that it saves potable water to an extent of 30 – 50 per cent as it encourages use of water in a self-sustainable manner through reducing, recycling and reusing strategies. While electricity consumption also drops significantly as it focusses more on open, ventilated spaces and on solar energy.
Experts said that green buildings enhance groundwater table and reduces municipal water demand through effective rainwater management. Utilization of energy can be reduced with use of insulation of walls, roof, and selection of glass, sizing of windows, lighting and efficient air-conditioning and heating systems.
Green building consultants envisages more improved rate of growth if the procedure for certification and paper formalities are simplified and relaxed.
Jitendra Vyas, a green sustainable consultant said, “There are many green units that are sustainable but do not go for certification due to the complex structure. Many aim to take the certification when they start construction but leave it midway due to hassles.”
Vyas said there are around 12 projects in the pipeline for certification since past a long time.