Developing countries like India and China is seeing lots of frenetic activities in the infrastructural development. While China has been seen hitting the top end in the growth saga many a times in the last decade, India is not far from rallying behind and has been trying to match China in every way. Buildings are responsible for more than 50% of carbon emissions worldwide. USA leads the way as their buildings due to the people’s lifestyle out there are energy guzzlers. US with EU countries have the highest per capita energy consumption in the world. A commercial building normally has a life of 30-50 years. So it’s better that at this time when we are contemplating retrofitting the existing buildings, the new buildings which are coming up in developed or developing countries worldwide should mandatorily be green.
Today lot many commercial real estate is coming up in different parts of India. But out of these the percentage of green buildings is negligible. In fact these green buildings can be counted on fingertips. Chennai leads the green brigade and boasts of highest number of green buildings in the India. NCR has also been quite active in the green building segment and boasts of many green buildings. Click here to see the complete list of green buildings in India.
India in the coming two decades will be relying heavily on coal as the primary fuel for power generation and so along with China will be emitting large quantities of C02. And as the people gets habituated to good lifestyle in India and per capita energy requirement registers increase, the need to get every new commercial building a green tag becomes all the more paramount. India’s ECBC code is still under voluntary adoption. It’s high time the code gets in to regulatory mode. The buildings that we have under planning or construction today are expected to last for another 30-50 years. So its time we must ensure that all buildings goes through the certification route and qualify for the green buildings tag in some form or other.
Need of the hour is to get these buildings either LEED certified as per international recognition program or Star certified as per rating announced by BEE .