The construction industry, which is the largest employer of unorganised workers is also one of the biggest industrial polluters. How can this industry curb global challenges like climate change and greenhouse emissions?
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Sustainable design, or “green construction,” is a method of wisely using resources to create high-quality, healthier and more energy-efficient homes and commercial buildings. A green building is more than the sum of its parts (think resource conservation)—its process and impacts matter, too. Adopting this method can definitely help the construction industry to curb its carbon footprints.
The Green Building practice expands and complements the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort. In doing so, the three dimensions of sustainability, i.e., planet, people and profit across the entire supply chain need to be considered.
World has immense resources in terms of knowledge and traditional practices and there is a need for them to be adapted into urban lifestyles.
Green buildings are known to reduce energy consumption up to 30-40% and water consumption up to 50-60%. If planned at the inception stage, green buildings do not cost a penny in addition. In fact, it may even save money by system downsizing and optimisation. The building sector is a big resource guzzler. This sector also contributes to one-fourth of the emission of greenhouse gases annually. The conditions will only worsen if the current construction practices aren’t challenged.