Rustomjee Elanza, Malad
The commercial and residential sectors constitute the major markets for the real estate industry in India. These sectors also consume a lot of energy and contribute significantly to greenhouse gas emissions. As per an official draft (Modern Building Bylaws for Construction of Green Buildings) by the Town and Country Planning Organisation, Government of India, “In a typical residential building in India, approximately 60 per cent of the total electricity is consumed for lights, 32 per cent for air conditioning and 8 per cent for refrigeration.” Considering this, it’s a no-brainer that if investment were not an issue then there’s no reason that any building should shy away from the green option.
Notwithstanding the ECBC, there are certain top builders who believe that the process of constructing green buildings commences at the site selection and the design level itself. Reasons Boman Irani, Chairman and Managing Director, Rustomjee Developers, “The windows and the doors must be placed in the manner that they cut direct sunlight to reduce heat gain, while letting the rooms get enough air flow through cross ventilation. The site’s closeness to the public transport system too is reckoned, which helps in reducing the dependence on private vehicles that contribute to the carbon emission.” Apparently, post designing, construction material must be procured within the vicinity and must be compliant to the principles of re-use. Instead of bricks, fly-ash concrete blocks for building purposes should be used.
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