Green homes are a part of the exclusive offerings in the Indian realty sector which come with certain amenities that are heart-warming for the environmentally conscious. But these are not their only benefits. These homes come with features that help them optimize energy usage and therefore reduce the cost of consumption.
Green houses arose out of the deficiency of energy in high consumption territories like metropolitans. It has been seen that with the increasing demand for urbanised homes, builders incline towards conserving resources and offering accommodations which do not utilize the available natural resources effectively. As a result, there is an increased pressure on the supply of conventional energy sources. The deficiency that occurs as a result hampers continuity of supply.
The Ushering of Green Homes
As a result of increasing energy deficiency problems in cities, many builders have opted for a scientific approach towards building homes where water consumption is less, energy is consumed efficiently and less waste is generated. Healthier living spaces are provided which help the occupants of such homes thrive in optimum spaces.
Green homes are not to be confused with luxury homes. The green homes are constructed bearing in mind that national issues like water availability, reduction in wastage of fossil fuels, appropriate disposal of waste and conservation of natural resources. Making such houses requires considerable effort and both builders and architects have to plan the construction impeccably, bearing in mind the available resources.
Bangalore has become a big market of green homes. Some of the apartments in Bangalore are offered as green homes. Anyone who intends to purchase such properties must bear in mind that the cost of such homes is slightly higher. However the cost of green homes is anyway not comparable with the luxury apartments in Bangalore.
Characteristics of Green Homes
There are no established design criteria for building green homes. However they do follow specific construction practices which can be rated. Such homes comprise of good insulation, usage of non toxic materials for construction, leverage natural light and climatic conditions, have facilities for using environmental friendly and efficient appliances and so on and so forth. Sustainable architecture, site planning, water and energy conservation features along with indoor quality management are major areas of focus. Using a little ingenuity, there is a scope of building both green homes and green buildings.
There is also a misconception that green homes are only newly built. It is said that older a home becomes, the more opportunities it presents to be converted into a green home. There have been individuals who have opted for home improvements by having their older homes reconstructed using economically viable materials along with apt management of resources including indoor environmental quality, innovation and development.
Measuring the Green
There are currently three bodies in India which help home owners and builders assess how green a home construction is. These bodies include: BEE, GRIHA and IGBC. GRIHA stands for Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment, IGBC stands for Indian Green Building Council, and BEE stands for Bureau of Energy Efficiency. All these bodies offer green certifications for homes and buildings after assessing them on parameters aforementioned in the article.
Green homes may cost slightly more than normal homes. But they help owners save on energy costs in the long run. The extra cost is not for the homes but for the installed feature facilities like solar power cells and other environment friendly installations.