What is a Green Building?

Green Building, also known as green construction or sustainable building, is the practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building's life-cycle: from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and deconstruction. This practice expands and complements the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort.

Although new technologies are constantly being developed to complement current practices in creating greener structures, the common objective is that green buildings are designed to reduce the overall impact of the built environment on human health and the natural environment by:

  • Efficiently using energy, water, and other resources
  • Protecting occupant health and improving employee productivity
  • Reducing waste, pollution and environmental degradation

The Indian Green Building Council (IGBC)

The Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), part of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) was formed in the year 2001. The vision of the council is to usher in a green building movement in India and facilitate India to become one of the global leaders in green buildings by 2010.

A green building is one which uses less energy, water and natural resources, creates less waste and is healthier for the people living inside compared to a standard building.

  • Energy saving to the extent of 30 - 40 % right from day one
  • Enhanced indoor air quality
  • Higher productivity of occupants
  • Potable water saving to the tune of 20% - 30%
  • Enhanced day light & Ventilation