Green & Sustainable Building

Green Building promotes the efficiency of buildings with regards to the use of water, energy and materials while reducing the building’s impact on individual’s health and the environment. It saves operating costs by increasing productivity. Wienerberger India is producing clay hollow bricks which is 100% natural.

Green Building promotes the efficiency of buildings with regards to the use of water, energy and materials while reducing the building’s impact on individual’s health and the environment through better design, construction, operation, maintenance and removal.

Green Building is all about the complete building life cycle; it is also regarded as sustainable building or environmental building. The term “Green Building” is often used in combination with “high-performance building”, “sustainable design” and “preserving precious resources”.

Importance of Green Building

The related concepts of sustainable development and sustainability are integral to green building. Effective green building can lead to
  1. Reduced operating costs by increasing productivity and using less energy and water
  2. Improved public and occupant health due to improved indoor air quality
  3. 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.

Benefits of Green Building

Following are the benefits of Green Building:
  • Reduction of natural resource consumption
  • Reduction of operating costs
  • Health, comfort and safety for all residents
  • Energy optimization and reduction of energy consumption
  • Increased productivity of the occupants
  • Better indoor air quality (IAQ has a tremendous impact on human health)
Green Building encourages companies to benefit from the Green corporate image and to leave a very positive impression on customers, employees, business partners and shareholders.
Choosing a green building for a home is not just an option but a lifelong commitment to uphold the virtues of natural, sustainable living...a conscious decision to arrest resource depletion and protect nature for our future generations.

 

 

Green building

Is my house a Green Building?

While a good design is essential to green building, the actual operation, maintenance, and ultimate disposal or deconstruction of the building also have very significant effects on buildings' overall environmental impact.
 
“Green Building” is not only related to the selected construction material but also to the long-term impact on environment and on people’s health.
The characteristics of the material itself constitute points which have to be reconsidered by building professionals when planning sustainable design projects (GreenSpace criteria, Building Green, Inc):
  • The used materials should be natural and environmental-friendly.
  • The impact on the environment with regards to manufacturing, distribution, construction, renovation and demolition is relatively small.
  • Minimum quantity of chemicals necessary to prepare the material for construction is used.
  • The material can be recycled.

Wienerberger & Green Building

Wienerberger India is producing high-quality large format clay hollow blocks from the second half of 2008. Besides, we are importing an exclusive range of clay roof tiles and façade tiles from our overseas factories.

We believe in clay!

Clay itself is a 100% natural material and the process of fetching it from the clay pit as well as the production process of the clay bricks has minimal impact on the environment in the long-run. Clay is a product which can usually be taken from the local environment and does not need to be transported over long distances.

During the production process waste is added (fly ash, saw dust, rice husk) and only a minimal amount of waste products occur and can be recycled or used elsewhere. The rejected bricks can be recycled and even at the end of its lifetime a clay brick is for example used in the construction of roads as sub-base material.

The typical characteristics of clay bricks include the extraordinary thermal insulation, sound insulation, structural strength and safety. They are fireproof, water resistant and as already mentioned: durable, recyclable and therefore exceptionally environmentally friendly.

Various historical brick buildings demonstrate the remarkable lifetime of clay bricks - to mention just a few eg:
  • The Roman Aqueducts
  • The Colosseum in Rome, Italy
  • The Great Wall of China
  • The Walls of JerichoIschtar Gate, Babylon