Understanding Green Building Development
Poorly designed buildings and inefficient construction practices have much more negative consequences on the environment than we realize. Adverse effects include air pollution and water pollution. This urges the need to build environment-friendly and green buildings in the cities. IGBC certified Mahindra Happinest is a green property thoughtfully designed with the right sourcing of raw materials which do not affect the health of living beings and help in sustainable development. The project has been designed & developed to meet high standards of environmental & human health performance, thereby delivering a better quality of life. It not only consumes less water but also optimizes energy efficiency, conserves natural resources and generates less waste while providing a healthier living space to its occupants as compared to other traditional buildings. The residents enjoy numerous tangible benefits in the form of water-saving, saving in electricity utilities etc. Intangible benefits include amplified ventilation, adequate daylight, pure air and an overall sense of harmony and well-being.
Green Building Development
The entire lifecycle of a green building ensures that the resources consciously utilized right from the site selection to construction, occupancy and end-of-life phase. This incorporates green architecture, environment-friendly building materials and a sustainable supply chain. Let’s have a look at the requirements of a green building stage-wise.
- Focus on a blueprint that encourages green living & manages the complex cause-and-effect relationship of resource efficiency.
- Selection of resource-efficient materials as part of the structure, fixtures & fittings and on-site infrastructure.
- Optimal use of daylight is ensured via design, orientation, type of glass, shading & the right mix of enablers to reduce dependency on artificial light and electricity consumption. The sun-path to maximize daylight for residents is also kept in mind.
- Sustainable locations are selected that are nearby relevant social infrastructure and mass transit routes.
- Use of resource-efficient equipment and procedures.
- Reuse of construction waste to minimize waste and fresh consumption.
- Use of fly ash in addition to bricks which reduces dependencies on cement linked to CO2 emissions. Fly ash also helps in enhancing the thermal efficiency of building envelopes, keeping interiors fresh in summer and warm in winter resulting in reduced utility cost.
- Minimizing the use of river sand and more focus on using crushed sand.
- Augmenting efficiency by using Ground Granulated Blast Furnace Slag (GGBS) in concrete.
Occupancy / Maintenance Stage
- Development of sewage treatment plants, water treatment plants & rainwater harvesting systems.
- Installation of robust waste management systems, organic waste converters & waste segregation at the source
- Use of renewable energy such as solar PV (green source of electricity, on-grid/off-grid)
- Use of XPS boards to achieve lesser U-value.
- Use of solar water heating & solar street light.
- Installation of energy-efficient lighting such as LED and CFL to minimize wastage.
- Development of energy-efficient equipment such as lifts, pumps, motors.
- Use of low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) paints, adhesives and insulations to maintain healthy indoor air quality.
- Development of specially designed terrace roof sections with high albedo material or reflective paint to reduce heat absorption & resulting energy demands for air-conditioning.
- Installation of low-flow and water-efficient fixtures to ensure healthier living.
Today, the need to build green buildings is more than ever. Real estate sector, especially the affordable housing segment, plays a significant role in accelerating path to sustainable growth. Mahindra Happinest flats in Palghar, Avadi and Boisar penetrate deep into enhancing quality of life and sustainable development, ceasing the problem of depleting natural resources. Conventional buildings use resources in abundance generating waste and emitting greenhouse gases throughout their life cycle. Happinest, Avadi comprises 15% open green spaces and has retained local tree species with low water needs. Your green home can cut down energy consumption, save money and play a major impact on the betterment of environment.