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AFFORDABLE SUSTAINABILITY

Ways to go green in construction

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Key points developers should keep in mind for attaining green certification.

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Use AAC/concrete blocks with fly-ash content to reduce heat load inside a building.

Building envelope materials:

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Use low-flow plumbing fixtures to reduce water wastage. Install sewage treatment plant for recycling of water.

Water use reduction:

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Segregate recyclables (dry waste) into 5 diff. categories viz. Plastics, Paper, Cardboards, Electronics & Metals and divert them to authorized recyclers. Install organic waste converters within your premises for handling wet waste such as leftover food and plant clippings from garden.

Waste management:

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Install BEE 5-star rated light fixtures, LEDs and electrical devices such as pumps, motors and water heaters.

Energy efficiency:

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You can either recharge the ground by installing percolation pits or store the rain water in tanks for flushing and cleaning purposes.

Rain water harvesting:

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By installing small solar or wind power systems, you can take care of smaller electrical loads and water heating.

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Alternate energy usage:

The emphasis should be on using maximum day lighting but taking care of glare. As per the climatic condition, one can design natural ventilation wherever applicable.

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Building design:

Source all building materials locally to minimise transportation.

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Green house gas reduction:

One can apply high albedo paint or China Mosaic on the roof to reflect back the heat. Use Open Grid paver blocks instead of full concrete paver blocks.

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Reduction of heat island effect:

Install pits to arrest soil particles/ sediments.

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Erosion & sedimentation control:

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