Amid increasing urbanization, green building practices are the only way to ensure sustainability. Green building construction technologies can reduce a building’s energy and water consumption by 20-30% and 30-35%, respectively. Transition from Grey to Green (G2G) Infrastructure could be a savior. As of now only 5% of buildings in India have been constructed using green technologies.
In India, implementation of green buildings can be promoted by standardizing norms, offering better incentives, providing robust financial support system and creating awareness among all stakeholders. Increased awareness will boost the green buildings sector and lead to a faster expansion of this important market segment.
To achieve this, G2G relies on a four-step planning process that involves
- Mapping existing hydrology and green infrastructure
- Designing and fitting a development or redevelopment project to the site
- Selecting appropriate green infrastructure Best Management Practices (BMPs) for the site, and
- Evaluating how well the project and BMPs fit the site.
Green building practices also involve rainwater harvesting, recycle and reuse of waste water, renewable energy, availability of ample green space etc. Overall, we are moving towards green infrastructure and sustainable building practices. In the coming time there will be greater push required in terms of regulatory practices, advance and cost-effective technology as well as awareness among the builders and common citizen.