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Live in the future: build an eco-friendly home

Aug 12 2010, 01:46 IST
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SummaryProtection of the environment is the new mantra on account of global warming. Global warming has already started creating havoc as is seen with changing weather conditions across the globe.

Protection of the environment is the new mantra on account of global warming. Global warming has already started creating havoc as is seen with changing weather conditions across the globe. To counter the effects of global warming and protect the environment from any further damage, a wide spread consciousness is being created to adopt more eco-friendly practices. Initiatives such as ¡®no plastic day¡¯, ¡®Earth hour¡¯, ¡®Earth day¡¯ are being celebrated to develop a sense of care, respect and concern for the environment. One such step is the concept of a green home, a home that protects the environment, keeps you healthy and saves money.

What is a greenhome?

A green home is an eco-friendly house that is energy efficient and utilises less or optimum level of natural resources, recycles and reuses waste for maximum benefit - thus protecting the environment.Agreen house tends to have the best form of natural light, fresh air through cross ventilation, a rain harvesting system, consumes less electricity through solar heaters, cavity walls and other facilities that will not only save you money in the long run but is also benefit your health and environment at large.

Green home doesn¡¯t only mean having a garden or a manicured lawn or just having solar water heaters. The design, buildingmaterial used, the plan in place for using recycledwater, and waste and a host of other things are important.

These are things that make a green house.

Some examples of green home projects include

¡ñ Lotus Boulevard, Noida

¡ñ Aqualily lake view residences, Chennai

¡ñ Palais Royale, Worli, Mumbai

¡ñ Shreeram Mills, Lower Parel, Mumbai

Who decides?

For a house to be called green home, it has to be rated by Leadership in Energy andEnvironment Design (LEED), India, advocated by Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) and TERI Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (TERIGRIHA). These two systems have been developed for awarding ratings to green buildings based on the evaluation of design and construction and assessment of their impact on the environment.

As the level of greenness differs, LEED gives four ratings: certified, silver, gold and platinum.

Cost structure

Green houses tend to be more expensive than the normal ones because of the use of appropriate technology and material to attain the objective of saving energy, reducing heat, managing waste and harvesting of water among other things. For instance, high performance glass is used for green houses to keep it cooler. These glasses are much more expensive than the regular ones.

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