Importance of Green Building
The related concepts of sustainable development and sustainability are integral to green building. Effective green building can lead to
- Reduced operating costs by increasing productivity and using less energy and water
- Improved public and occupant health due to improved indoor air quality
- Reduced environmental impacts by, for example,reducing storm water runoff and the heating effect.
Practitioners of green building often seek to achieve not only ecological but aesthetic harmony between a structure and it’s surrounding of natural and built environment. The appearance and style of sustainable homes and buildings can be nearly indistinguishable from their less sustainable counterparts.
An increasing number of authorities, organizations and institutions are working on raising consciousness about “Green Building”. It is increasingly governed and driven by standards, such as the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system in U.S. as well as The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI).
According to the CII, India - “Green” is regarded as ‘The voluntary pursuit of any activity which is concerned with energy efficiency, environmental management, water management, renewable energy, and waste management and recycling.’ Green practices ultimately leading to sustainable development and equitable growth.
TERI introduced TERI–GRIHA, a rating system to adjudge the 'greenness' of buildings.