"Investing in Green Buildings is better than to invest in Gold", Inspired to be Green

A green building is defined as a building which uses less energy, less water and resources and provides a healthier indoor environment as compared to a conventional construction. That means that green buildings can reduce the operation cost by more than 50% and increase the indoor air quality at the same time.

A green building can be modern but all Green Buildings are inspired by traditional principles of ventilation, shading and day-lighting.

For the Builder a Green Building means a higher profit. The incremental cost of construction rises by about 2-8% (for LEED/IGBC Gold or Platinum certified buildings) but spaces can be sold/rented with 10-15% higher premium.

For the Owner/Occupant a Green Building is a profit as the operation cost will be less than half compared to a conventional construction. Additionally Green Buildings create a healthy and more productive environment through daylit spaces and fresh air ventilation.

A Green Building provides a comfortable and healthy indoor environment and consumes less energy than a conventional building.

For India Green Buildings mean less power consumption, less environmental pollution and a great way to attract international investors.

"Environmental protection is just a side effect of a Green Building", Inspired to be Green
The green building movement in India has shown tremendous growth in the last 5 years and already more than 170 buildings have been registered under the LEED India / IGBC Rating system. The green building footprint is about 800 million square feet (source Indian Green Building Council).

Strategies to make a Green Building and Reduce Energy Consumption :

3rd Implement strategies for ENERGY CONSERVATION

  • Orient windows on South and North façade
  • Provide buffer spaces on East and West
  • Provide shading for windows (through overhangs, blinds, vertical fins)
  • Provide sufficient windows for daylighting but restrict extensive glass to avoid heat gains
The sustainable design of the building has a great impact on the energy-efficiency and causes no additional costs.

  • Select LOCAL manufactured materials (within 800 km radius)
  • Select materials with RECYCLED content
  • Give preference to RAPIDLY RENEWABLE MATERIALS like Bamboo
  • Rooftop insulation
  • Occupancy sensors (in restrooms)
  • Daylight sensors
  • Efficient lighting layout (use T5 or LED lights)
  • Efficient HVAC system (evaluate efficiencies and design the system according to the specific requirements)
  • Building management System (BMS) to control lighting and aircondition requirements
  • Use double glazed windows (for airconditioned spaces)
  • Use building materials with insulating properties like AAC blocks, hollow brick blocks
  • Use solar reflective paints on the roof or implement a green roof
  • Use a solar hot water system

  • Use low-flush toilets & urinals
  • Select low-flow fixtures
  • Install a sewage treatment plant (STP)
  • Reuse treated water for landscaping
  • Design a waterefficient landscaping
Every drop of water is precious. In a Green Building we try to reduce water consumption, harvest rainwater and treat grey-water.

  • Install photovoltaic panels
  • Use ground-source heat pumps
  • Evaluate the installation of a small wind turbine
  • Use organic waste to operate a biogas plant
Renewable energy can be integrated in the design like this picture shows, the photovoltaic panels are integrated in the skylight.