Published: 01st August 2019
GRIHA Council joins hands with Indian Institute of Architects to promote green buildings
This association will promote adoption of sustainable building materials and strategies to increase the green building footprint in the country
While predictions of human civilisation coming to an end soon may or may not be true, there's no denying the fact that global warming is a reality and we are living in dangerous times. It is in such times that every bit counts. For example, building green houses, houses that reduce the impact on the environment. With this in mind, GRIHA Council (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment) and the Indian Institute of Architects, Northern Chapter signed an MoU to spread awareness on the importance of green buildings. Sanjay Seth, CEO, GRIHA Council tells us more. Excerpts...
What is the aim of this MOU? What issues do you hope to address?
The MoU signed on June 22, 2019 aims to spread awareness about the necessity of green and sustainable architecture and the GRIHA rating tool to evaluate the performance of such buildings. This association will promote adoption of sustainable building materials and strategies to increase the green building footprint in the country, through awareness and training programmes for the members of IIANC in Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir region.
What exactly do you mean by green buildings? How would this be implemented?
A green building is one that makes minimal impact on the environment. Its design is climate-responsive, and utmost care is taken while constructing it to preserve the environment. It is operated in such a manner that it utilises all resources efficiently. Reducing environmental impact and providing occupant comfort are the key features of a green building.
What would the impact of this MoU be?
The MoU would help us create a cadre of professionals who would promote the cause of green buildings in the country. This being a very active chapter, we hope to reach out to many architects and design professionals in this industry who have been showing commitment to promoting green. This would not only lead to increasing the GRIHA footprint, but also help us push the markets towards more sustainable practices.
To what extent can green buildings make a difference in sustaining the environment?
Green buildings are highly resource-efficient and can result in 30 - 50% reduction in energy consumption and 40 - 65% reduction in the building water consumption.
Other benefits of building green
- 30 – 40% reduction in operational cost with negligible impact on project cost
- Ensures health and safety of construction workers on site
- Up to 40% reduction in freshwater demand
- Ensures acoustic, thermal and visual comfort for building occupants