Green Architecture is more than just a word, when followed religiously. It saves not just the environment but also our pockets. Green and Sustainability are two much bashed about words wherever one went on, whatever be the subject. At all levels, they seem to have percolated into the everyday life of people. Open any page, any column and some line or other carries one of these words. But do we understand what it is?.
Sustainable building is the enduring production of space with artistic, effective and low cost and low or zero energy-materials like smart bricks, smart concrete, and smart metal. Inclusivity at design stage of these materials would prove to be a lot easier and cheaper than to retrofit at a later stage.
Built environment is affected by the Green movement that has gathered amazing pace and has been a fascinating revelation to it. Along with it, sustainable concepts applied universally to preserve the natural environment, has brought in elements of solar power, energy efficient lighting, water management techniques and vertical gardens into structures. Green Architects have mushroomed developing structures for vernacular architecture, which includes natural buildings and ecological designs, as also for design of the environment including landscaping, resource conservation structures. Green architects are immersed deep in the principles of environmental, social and economic sustainability, searching for sustainable options. We therefore need to look much beyond analysis of buildings in standalone mode, lest we risk the danger of missing the green bus. An understanding in a broader sense by studying its location and impacts within the wider human ecosystem or the built environment is essential – namely a recognition of its ‘eco spatial context’.
Sustainability requires a shift towards a new environmental paradigm, a new way of thinking. Culture, eco-system, the built environment and lastly individual architectural artefacts – all need to be factored. However, not all buildings need to meet all environmental standards. Given a socio-cultural context, some concessions are made for the existence and construction of large scale culturally significant buildings in the socio-cultural context, despite their negative impact on some eco systems. High performance Green Buildings aim to address the current trends, future direction, and the best practices of constructing sustainable buildings.
Today, we talk of Green power and feature few opinion and suggestions from industry personnel.