Buyer's Guide To Green Homes In India

The environment that encapsulates the very being that we are is under imposition. Incredible amounts of real estate expansion across nations emerging and otherwise across the globe is having an impact on the resources of nature. The factors at play here are essential such stability of the environment as well as the availability of energy variables. There is a global standard for green building which India (IGBC or Indian Green Building Council) has licensed from the US green building council.

The need for green homes in India as well as elsewhere is there because:

•    Around 20% of the average energy consumed by the country is due to the construction activities.

•    If the consequent pollution from the construction process was not enough the greenhouse gas emissions from the buildings as a result of these activities are a definite alarm buzzer.

Green homes – the challenges ahead:

•    Any house buying guide in India will tell you that green homes are the need of the hour as well as in demand. However, warped perceptions as well as a void in the knowledge on the subject are constraining the growth in green building numbers in India.

•    People carry the incorrect notion that they are extremely costly to build and that they bring back perceptible returns over a very long span of time. However, with more builders getting into the play, the cost factor is fast reducing.

Green homes – benefits:

•    Healthier living from eco friendly housing and working towards reducing the undesirable impact of all the building activity with an integrated mindset.

•    Significant reduction in consumption of essential resources such as water, energy and other forms of resources while at the same time improving the lifestyle quality and bringing down the living costs.

•    It will help enhance indoor air quality, optimise natural resource utilisation with respect to water and light as well as heat gain reduction.

A property and house buying guide in India on the green home subject is absent. However, a buyer would do well to remember the following:

•    They should have sewage water treatment plants, solar water heaters, water reuse as well as harvesting facilities for rain water.

•    Facilities and fixtures being used should consume less water and energy efficient common area lighting must be in place.

•    Private transport need should be less and hence there should be available an easy access to public transportation mediums.

•    Covered car park as well as sustainable facilities for disposal of waste

•    Greenery, open spaces as well as natural ventilation.

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