An Overview of Green Buildings in Chennai and Delhi

Green Building – Definition

A Green Building is defined as a type of building which uses less amount of water, optimizes the energy usage, conserves natural resources, generates lesser waste and also provides healthier living spaces, when compared to a normal conventional building. Generally, the construction materials used in traditional buildings releases harmful substances during their manufacture and also creates health issues whereas green buildings makes use of natural fibre-based insulation and bamboo-based products, etc.

ImageThe Green building concept simply aims at reduction of the overall impact the building has on the health of fellow human beings and also on the environment by effectively using the natural resources and preventing environment degradation. A green building is also known as sustainable building which develops structures & processes which are environment friendly and resource efficient throughout lifetime of the building.

Materials Used For Green Building

The selection of using eco-friendly materials and products while constructing a green building plays an important role in the ‘greenness’ of the project. This plays an important role in saving energy and, in turn, reduces the environmental impact of the building. The use of recycled materials in green buildings is a recent phenomenon and has been gaining popularity worldwide, as it is both economical and environment friendly. In India, the introduction of Green building certification has triggered the usage of recycled materials by many developers in the recent times. Using of recycled materials is much beneficial as they are more economical and provides better performance. Few of the recycled materials include

  • Fly ash Concrete & bricks – It is a byproduct of coal-fired power plants.
  • Steel
  • Cement – Contains waste products like fly ash, slag and silica fume
  • Glass – Made of used glass bulbs, window panes and glass bottles etc.
  • Aluminum – Made of used window frames and cans etc.

Green Buildings in Chennai

ImageIn India, more and more developers are coming up with green constructions as it is beneficial for them with regards to the construction time and also the cost of the materials used, which is indirectly proportionate to the capita savings costs. Chennai takes pride in having more than 45 structures certified as eco-friendly green buildings by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC).

Chennai is considered to be a green city, with many green buildings when compared to the whole of India. Apart from having many residential green constructions, there are also a lot of companies like Turbo Energy Office Complex in RA Puram, Menon Eternity in Alwarpet and Shell Business Service Centre etc. All of these buildings have been certified with platinum certification, which is considered as the highest rating in India. Platinum rating is followed by gold, silver ratings all of which are based on the sustainability, waste management and usage of natural resources and quality of indoor environment.

A few of the gold-rated buildings in Chennai include Anna Centenary Library, Express Avenue Mall and the New Tamil Nadu Assembly building. And a few of the pioneering residential property developers are Green Homes, Akshaya, Pelican Group, Pacifica, Urban Tree and Vivendi Villagio, etc.

In Perungudi, the Rane Institute for Employee Development (RIED) building is a silver-rated green building, which is equipped with low-flowing showers, sinks and makes use of solar PV cells to cut down on energy & water consumption.

According to the estimation of Indian Green Building Council, Chennai has been experiencing a sharp rise in the number of buildings having green certification in the recent times.

Green Buildings in Delhi

The Delhi Urban Art Commission (DUAC) has recommended the urban development ministry increase the FAR (Floor Area Ratio) for all green buildings by 1%. The GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment) has become compulsory in Delhi and hence it is easy to develop green architecture buildings in the city. With regards to the recent announcements by Governor, green buildings in Delhi is being developed at a faster rate compared to normal conventional buildings.

One of the green buildings in the city is Ecotech City. The specialty of this building is that it does not use any artificial lighting. It draws 100% electricity from photovoltaic plant and also consumes 50% lesser power than normal buildings in Delhi.

Thyagaraj Stadium, which was built by the Delhi Government, is considered India’s first green stadium. Apart from this, the construction of green buildings is growing at a phenomenal pace in the city of Delhi. A few of the green building consultants in Delhi include Aastha Agarwal, Abdullah Nisar Siddiqui, and DBHMS Consultants etc. A few of the Delhi’s green buildings include Civic Centre, the Energy Resources Institute Campus, and ITC Green Centre, etc.

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