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Understand the ‘Green’ quotient of your next home

Real Estate Today Aug 18 ,2017

The future will either be green or not at all!!!

The average temperature in Bangalore has risen over the years and the climate is much warmer than it was before since the growth of IT sector which further spurred construction, both commercial and residential. Similarly, Pune has also experienced the change in temperature. Here, too, the construction has been growing rigorously. There is no way we can stop concrete jungles. But, there are certain green building techniques that can help reduce the strain we are putting on our resources.

Enrol to a green home

A green home is defined as a home property constructed on the concept of recycle and reuse. In Green home construction, natural resources like water and energy are used in the most economical manner, through eco-friendly building material and sustainable techniques.

Some common Green project Techniques are:

1. Radiant-cooling technology

2. Solar air-conditioning

3. Solar heating

4. Rainwater harvesting (when treated, the water can be consumed, or otherwise used for watering plants)

5. Power generation using wind or solar as alternate resource (this requires large spaces)

6. Insulation and hypo-thermal glass

7. Optimised design to ensure minimal use of conventional energy

Think green homes!!!

Common buyers who are worried about 10 percent more cost for building a green home can cloud them in an anti-environment bubble. But when the cost is compared to future returns, it sounds just reasonable. And, while a home owner with a ‘green’ choice already begins to save with the process of careful construction, he would also save a lot on water bills and electricity bills.

In India, Home owners are now changing their view of buying homes both in the premium and affordable category and are more inclined towards being environment friendly. Nowadays the buyers are ready to shell out more for a nature-friendly living space, which will not only help them reduce carbon footprints but also keep their energy bills low. For instance, a few home owners are cutting down on air-conditioning costs by converting their terraces into gardens.

It is a proven fact, that people living in green homes that use natural methods live a much healthier life as using natural sources of ventilation allows more fresh air into homes.

Certification criteria

India now has three primary certification and rating systems that analyse the building and rate it ‘green’ accordingly.

Some of the parameters followed by India are:

· Building material used

· Ventilation provided

· The total energy efficiency of the building

· Management of water and wastewater

The three primary rating systems are Indian Green Building Council (IGBC - LEED), Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA).

So, home buyers planning to buy a green home, check on the certification before you register yourself as a permanent owner.

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