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Monday, 5 August 2013

Bangalore Homes – Greening Up

Along with ‘envy’, nowadays many other things have started going green…... Real estate is next in the line to put on the vegetable paint. If you wish to design your dream home infrastructures in an eco-friendly manner, not necessarily an architect will be stuffing in mud blocks at your postal address, post deducting a high-digit bill from your account for delivering the brand design. Built with the motto of conserving natural energy resources like sunlight, air and water, the designs of such houses aim at reducing the day-to-day carbon footprints by less wastage and recycled use of materials. Away from the city pollutants, a green house is planned so as to enable you to breathe a rejuvenated life every moment.

The hyped trend is drawing in soaring customer demands. The league of realtors too are signaling spontaneous response by launching green projects across the Tier I and Tier II metro hotspots. In future, the nation is expectant to double its count of green spaces which currently measures up to 1000 billion sq. ft. Initial prices quoted by the consultants due to less availability of greener raw materials are generally high, agreed, but considering the 30-50% energy conservation in the long run, along with 30-70% saving of water, the investment assures logical appropriateness. Nevertheless, financial support like home loans and incentives are granted in a comparatively hassle free mode, with banks offering facilities like much lower interest rates.

Among the Indian urban hubs, Bangalore seems to have geared up its pedals to adapt to this green lifestyle. Apart from energy conserving features, the city homes are flaunting off features like wind scoops and air space for natural ventilation, sky gardens with tropical landscapes, service core for buffering area, cavity walls for insulation and others. Salient features should be enlisting rain water harvesting systems, solar heat generation, waste minimization, implementation of water conservation as well as other energy saving equipment.

In order to rate the energy efficiency of these constructions, the basic designs of these individual homes, gated communities or high-rise apartments have been awarded grades by the ‘IGBC (Indian Green Building Council) Green Homes’. The two main systems actively controlling the green real estate are GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment), conceived by TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) and LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) India. TZED (Towards Zero Energy Development) homes in Whitefield, Bangalore with 249000sq. ft. green project spread across 5.5 acres, has been certified as the first residential apartment in the world to be rated Platinum under LEED.

Coming to the league of Bangalore-cased certified residential housings, under the "Pre-Certified, Gold” category we have Aquila Heights, August Park,Brigade Exotica Embassy BOULEVARD Embassy Pristine Mantri DSK Pinnacle  Mantri Royale Nitesh Columbus Renaissance Residences Sobha Forest View Soudhamini. The commercial spaces also gaining the Gold, Silver and Platinum badges are 3M R&D CentreAscendas MTB building at ITPL Bagmane World Technology Center Embassy Tech Square EMC BECP ITC Royal Gardenia ITC Windsor Mulberry (Block G1), Manyata Embassy Business Park etc.

The question thatstill lurks for the common man, is how to dodge the price traps in an attempt to build a cost-effective green home. The realty topography can be unpredictably staggering, with fraud firms self-proclaiming themselves as ‘green’ builders aim at draining your pockets. Featuring a landscaped terrace garden on the sky-touching floors of the branded towers does not mean that the entire gated community has eco-friendly features. The stake definitely rests with the buyers to verify the affiliations and touted certifications thoroughly as this green building trend is still undergoing the nascent phase of experimentation.

The concept of ‘Green buildings’ have already invaded the nation and our minds spreading the message of social, economic and environmental benefits. Real estate awaits a revolutionizing makeover as the builders gear themselves up with latest technologies of environmental conservation.
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