Demystifying 5 Green Building Myths
Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) aims to create 10 billion sq ft of green building base in the country by 2022. Contributing to this, the country’s infrastructure and real estate are adopting new technology and building material to go green. But, while the country is on a road to green development, there are some misconceptions related to such constructions in the minds of many.
MakaaniQ helps demystify some of the myths related to green buildings:
Myth 1: Green construction is expensive
It is believed that it is 15-20 per cent expensive to construct a green home when compared to constructing a similar conventional home. It is a myth. Though applying new technologies including hypo-thermal glass and insulation can make the construction expensive, the percentage rise remains under 10 per cent. And, this cost can be recovered over time in terms of what the construction saves for you in form of energy. Moreover, with greater adoption and new innovations, this percentage will lower with time, too.
Myth 2: You don’t save as much as they say
Green homes reduce energy and labour costs. Reports suggest that a green building can help save 50 per cent of energy and around 30 per of water. Moreover, green construction material such as clay is not only inexpensive it is also known to make your home cooler, lowering down the electricity bills. Also, constructing green buildings will be beneficial with more emphasis laid on using recycled material. This will help to use the resources in an appropriate way.
Myth 3: It is a new concept
Green building is not a new concept. In fact, this concept brings back the use of traditional methods of construction. It is only positive that the modern technology has provided more reliability and efficiency to the traditional method.
Myth 4: The concept will not be successful in India
If this was true, then India would not have so many green buildings. The Silicon Valley of India, Bengaluru tops the list of green buildings with some of the highest-rated structures. Also, the National Capital Region, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune and Mumbai are fast catching up, too. In fact, to promote green, the government also incentivises such structures. For instance, Karnataka incentivises the residents of Bengaluru on giving permission to the developer for constructing an extra floor for the installation of solar panels on the rooftops.
Myth 5: Green buildings lack design aesthetics
It is believed that while constructing a green building, the focus is on the green applications rather than the design of the structure. It is a myth. There have been some prominent green buildings across the world that are well designed and can mesmerise anyone. Some of them are ITC Green Centre, Gurgaon, the world’s greenest building and equally well-designed, too; Pearl River Tower Guangzhou, China is another example of a unique structure apart from being green; and Bank of America, New York will catch your attention for it's design first.