The Significance Of Building Eco-conscious Living Spaces

H. P. Rama Reddy, Founding Partner & Chairman, Reliaable DevelopersStarting his career as a financial consultant in the banking industry, Rama is one of the founding partners of Reliaable Developers, where he spearheads the company with complete focus on driving principled and innovative plot development in Bengaluru.

Consumer behavior pertaining to purchasing patterns, likes, dislikes and preferences are shifting rapidly. They are becoming increasingly aware of carbon footprints, and the environmental hazards construction of properties pose to human health and nature. Fortunately, developers have tapped into this concern and are now finding innovative ways to cater to the eco-conscious buyers. Eco-conscious plots and residential complexes are equipped with water conservation and harvesting facilities, underground wiring, energy-efficient appliances, solar-powered units, and much more. All these factors together not only reduce adverse environmental impact, but also help in cutting-down maintenance costs.

Builders and plotters are increasingly focusing on creating eco-friendly plots and buildings. They practice ecological architecture to incorporate sustainable aspects with eco-conscious urban and rural lifestyles. Here are some key factors and efforts that are undertaken by developers to ensure they build a modern yet sustainable base for those who favour green living.

Green Buildings:

Green buildings, also known as environmentally friendly buildings, are end-to-end natural resource-efficient, starting from the time of construction to renovation and eventual demolition. Several big companies and developers are pivoting meaningful initiatives to promote ‘green’ structures and increasing awareness of the rising environmental issues among the common population. These scattered initiatives will soon become a unified movement that will shape the real estate landscape in terms of architecture and establish a sustainable way to secure the future of urbanization.

Modern techniques are introduced, tested and implemented every year to enhance sustainability. In spite of these contemporary techniques, all
eco-friendly constructions must adhere to a few fundamental and stringent factors to be considered green buildings:

  • Facilities for water conservation

  • Optimum utilization of air, water, solar power and other natural resources

  • Provisions for pollution and waste management

  • Reduced maintenance and operational costs

  • Furbished with eco-friendly design aesthetics

Green buildings are designed to protect occupant health, keep the interiors naturally cool, ventilated and illuminated as well as eliminate the need for artificial lighting and temperature control. Energy-conscious buyers are now opting for green buildings, as its benefits extend far beyond energy-efficiency and eco-friendly structures. It can also curtail occupant’s maintenance cost, making ‘green’ an attractive deal for all buyers.

Energy-conscious buyers are now opting for green buildings, as its benefits extend far beyond energy-efficiency and eco-friendly structures

Water Harvesting: Water scarcity is one of the most pressing concerns today. With depleting water levels, the immediate need for water conservation has become imperative. More developers and builders are now focusing on setting-up separate water conservation and harvesting facilities. For this reason, several eco-conscious structures are designed in a permeable fashion to facilitate rainwater harvesting in inbuilt plants.

Sewage Treatment Plant: Sewage treatment plants play a crucial role in sanitation. Improper sanitation and sewage control expose occupants to diseases and unhygienic living conditions. Sewage treatment units collate contaminants and turn them into liquid and solid waste (sludge) for disposal. These units drive the process of separating pollutants to make the water recyclable and/or suitable for release into the environment.

Underground Wiring & Smart Appliances: Around 50 percent of a building’s energy escapes through fissures. In order to ensure energy efficient insulation and block external weather conditions, it is essential to fill-in all air gaps and blockdrafts by building thick exterior walls, structured windows and compact seals. Smart appliances, safe underground wiring and energy saving equipment are indispensable when it comes to energy conservation and reduction of maintenance costs.

Solar-Powered Units: Many buildings operate on solar power to save energy and cost. Considering solar plant installation is expensive, as it is not commonplace. However, the masses are slowly becoming aware of its long-term benefits and gradually replacing electricity with renewable energy.

Recycling Materials: Builders must utilize & promote the use of reclaimed wood, recycled steel, plastic, and building resources. Recycling materials not only reduce the cost of construction, but also increase the utility of materials which would otherwise be discarded.

With rising environmental concerns, people are beginning to analyze every facet of their lives under the microscope. New technologies are being developed to augment current eco-friendly practices, while companies and individuals are undertaking proactive initiatives to promote awareness on the significance of sustainable living.