Posted on August 30, 2013

A more eco-friendly way of life

What house do you prefer? Post-modern, angular, flashing eco-bling with plant rooms and roofs shiny with solar panels, which would require an engineer if anything goes wrong? Or cosily traditional, borrowing features from the past, but open to accusations of being ersatz, backward-looking and unimaginative?

From tiled roofs to tankless water heating systems, the wide and varied concepts circulating around the green housing space may appeal to those with wide enough pockets. Is adapting such facilities and concepts to the needs of these growing populations ever going to be a realistic proposition?

We need to take a step back and examine how to embed more efficient material utilisation and streamlined processes into construction plans. Without encouraging over-industrialization or abandonment of essential building principles, revitalizing how the industry undertakes core elements of construction has the potential to free up time, money, and labour to integrate pro-environmental methodologies and facilities. We need to encourage sustainable sourcing, the effective use of materials, and recyclability throughout the production chain, ensuring that developers use the materials they bring to building sites and that no streams of waste are transferred to landfills.

Next, complementary to the achievement of the above objectives, the construction sector needs to create synergies that embrace untapped and local natural resources within areas where housing is most needed.

We have massive challenges ahead of us: We must radically raise housing quality standards without compromising financial accessibility, and construct housing in better locations while adopting environmental sustainability (in a sector where such practice currently stands at virtually zero).

In the South of Bangalore, just off Sarjapur Main Road, stands upright a lavish 4 BHK Apartment called Mulberry Woods donning the most eclectic architecture combined with energy efficient resources used. The front garden of Mulberry Woods is thrumming with bees visiting the alliums and the eaves provide welcome shade in the stifling July heat. Mulberry Woods is known for its green credentials and love of traditional architectural styles.

Saran Developers create new homes that attain increasingly stringent energy efficiency requirements. Their highly skilled architectures influence the direction of modern environmental architecture.

These days, people are going for a house which wraps itself around you, when you come in, rather than choosing Ultra-modern homes that often look and feel like offices. Of course aesthetics are personal and for anybody who wants a cosy, traditional home, there are as many who prefer bright, angular and contemporary spaces with plenty of technology.

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