Many of you might have heard of LEED rating for green buildings or GRIHA rated energy efficient homes. These ratings may sound too scientific and jargon heavy for those of you who are eager to make your offices more energy efficient, not just for the sake of the environment, but also to reduce your energy bills. Our in-house expert Monica Kothari has made an effort cut down the technical jargon and create a simple guide on how to construct a green building in a do-it-yourself manner.
Imagine living in a building that is self-sustained and has no dependency on the outside world for its functioning and at the same time, has lesser operating costs than a conventional building. This in true sense is a ‘Green Building’. By definition, a green building is a type of construction designed to be eco-friendly and sustainable, while also focusing on the efficient use of resources such as water, electricity by reducing waste and pollution. We have divided the key elements that make a building green on the basis of ‘Pancha bhootas’, the five basic elements of Hindu mythology: