Building Sense: Beyond the Green Facade of Sustainable Habitat

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India is in a frenzy of construction. Buildings, townships and housing complexes are coming up at break-neck speed – and they’re still not there yet: a staggering two thirds of the buildings that will stand in India in 2030 are yet to be built.

Building construction, occupation and lifestyle pressures have come under spotlight for its very strong linkage with energy use, resource depletion, natural habitat destruction and climate impacts. At the same time there is the larger challenge of meeting comfort and liveability expectations in poor peoples’ homes and settlements. If the regulatory interventions are not designed well early and the idea of green building is not demystified it can have unintended consequences and the new built area can lock up enormous resource guzzling and waste.

India needs appropriate regulations to benchmark energy and water use, minimise waste, and develop monitoring and compliance strategies. Also needed is a deeper public understanding of what works and what does not. If not done right, even green norms can lead to damaging trade-offs and unintended consequences.

 

Source: Centre for Science and Environment

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