Importance of Green Architecture in a major metropolis like BangaloreJune 13, 2013
The need for green architecture is becoming more and more significant today as we continue to leave increased levels of carbon footprint by our day-to-day activities, which is the prime reason that is leading to global warming.
In the past few years, a large number of lakes and small ponds are being converted into residential and commercial plots to satisfy the greed of mankind in cities like Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, and the likes. This activity has disturbed the natural balance in all these cities, which is eventually leading to global warming in the broader context. New residential and commercial buildings are being constructed in all these newly developed areas, which is leading to increased CO2 foot print.
At present, global warming is one of the most menacing threats human race is confronting, and there is a great need to take some immediate proactive measures in this regard. We need to look out for different ways through which we can reduce our personal carbon footprint, and one such way is to go with the green architecture design for all the proposed residential or commercial buildings.
It is imperative that as many contribute in whatever way possible to eliminate the ill effects of global warming. Minimized use of plastic products; using eco-friendly means to travel; saving water and electricity; and using non-toxic alternatives are few quick ways through which one can reduce carbon footprint, and global warming.
Why Green Architecture is Vital?
Green architecture is a concept of sustainability. Ironically, it is not a new design idea, but an old time tested way of optimal living which we have lost in our rush to acquire the maximum in the minimum time frame.
What we need now is to reinvent the old path, a new attitude to live in an eco-friendly way. Architecture is a process of combining structural, aesthetic, environmental, and social aspects into an organic unit, and green architecture does provide complete justification to this definition.
It is also called by many other names such as organic, eco-friendly, social responsibility, and sustainable architecture. Only a green architect can design a building that is stylish, humble, and eco-friendly. CO2 is the main reason for global warming, and green architecture can greatly reduce the amount of CO2 that is being discharged into the environment, and in turn make our surroundings safe and healthy.
According to some latest studies, global warming can lead to as many as 150,000 deaths every year if not controlled with some immediate measures at present. At the core, green architecture is all about harmony between human beings and nature i.e. an eco-friendly way of designing a building by making the best use of green building materials such as hollow building blocks, compressed mud blocks, recycled lumber, adding fly ash in concrete, locally sourced building materials and non-toxic finishes.
Since only eco-friendly, easily recyclable and available design materials are used during the construction process; green architects can save a considerable amount of money for their customers, which is another main reason for their dominance in the field of architecture in most parts of the world today. An important factor is the reduced energy consumption which is a major driver in today's economy. A green building will have a better market value compared to a non-green due to its low maintenance per annum costs coupled with a higher comfort quotient and a feel good factor to having done your bit to save the earth.