Green buildings are not very expensive but lack of awareness is cited as the major reason for not adopting them on a mass scale.
As per industry experts, they cost at the most 5% more than a conventional building but energy and water savings can offset the extra expense in less than five years.
Anand Mishra, chairman of CII-Rajasthan, says while the cost is marginally higher, the impression that green buildings are unaffordable for a large segments of buyers has been a bigger hurdle for their offtake.
“The bigger advantage is the quality of life. Living in a green building certainly enhances longevity, improves productivity and has an enormous positive impact on the mental health,” added Mishra, who himself is real estate developer.
Indian Green Building Council has certified 110 projects in Rajasthan covering 106 million sq ft. It had lobbied with the state government to increase the floor area ratio (FAR) for such buildings.
“Earlier, Rajasthan offered 5% additional FAR for IGBC Green Buildings. Government has now announced new notification on March 6, 2019, wherein BAR (built area ratio) has been enhanced. Now, platinum, gold and silver certified buildings would receive additional BAR of 15%, 10% and 75%, respectively. The benefit was applicable to buildings in Jaipur but now the scope has been expanded for the whole state,” said Nitin Gupta, director, CII-Rajasthan.
Mishra said, “When many of the palaces and quilas were built, there was no AC or electricity. Direction of the wind and sunlight guided the building plan. We forgot those practices in the modern times but once again, we are looking at them from a sustainable point of view,” he further added.