Real estate is one of the most consumptive industries in the world, which utilizes resources to an extent that builders don’t realize. Besides, the resources we have are depleting fast. It is also estimated that over the years, the Earth will run out of certain natural resources that are required for survival.
With global warming and depleting resources, each of us needs to play our part in contributing to a greener community and the real estate industry is no exception. Green building and sustainability have now become a crucial part of the realty sector. With the endeavor to promote improved use of natural resources, it offers measurable benefits in terms of energy savings and water conservation.
As the world is witnessing a global ecological crisis around climate change, developers need to be responsible towards the environment. An eminent name amongst the realtors, Chandru Raheja, Chairman of K Raheja Corp, has been successfully leading his business ahead in the green development drive.
Back in 2007, the company signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the CII-Green Building Council, as an initiation towards the industry’s responsibility to construct green buildings. Green practices and green buildings are now an inherent part of the Company’s growth strategy.
Taking the front foot in green building, K Raheja Corp has been growing with an idea of promoting sustainability. Ever since the company has signed the MoU, it has become more involved in employing latest construction technologies for long-term sustainable construction practices. Encouraged by the commitment of Group Chairman, Mr. Chandru Raheja, K Raheja Corp has been delivering some of the best green effigies across its commercial, residential, hospitality and other businesses.
Some of the key concepts include:
1. Net Zero Concept
Net Zero Concept buildings are the ones which rely on renewable sources, so as to produce as much energy as they consume. Buildings that consume slightly more energy than they produce are known as ‘near-zero energy buildings’. Besides, buildings producing a surplus of energy can be called ‘energy-plus buildings’. Under the concept, energy is measured for every year. One of the major features of this concept is that such buildings do not depend on any external source for water and energy.
2. HVAC (Heating ventilation, and air conditioning)
Construction processes today involve HVAC (Heating, ventilation and air conditioning), which label such buildings as modern. Under this system, a series of ducts are distributed throughout the house, which allows warm, cool, or dehumidified air to flow. The most convenient way to cool the entire house is to incorporate a central HVAC system.
Glazing is a technique where the effect of the heat entering the building is reduced by using a Low ‘E’ Double Glazed Glass. Windows with this glass creates a more comfortable indoor area, eases the energy costs, and creates a cleaner, brighter and healthier environment.
4. Low-emitting materials
Local and recycled material that emit lower energy are important to use in green building. Paints, sealants, and adhesives with reduced or no use of VOC are considered to be better for the environment. They are also suitable for indoor air quality, and can be used around people with environmental sensitivities.
Water conservation has been one of the major social issues, which is also significant for green development. Some things to take care of for a greater balance between consumption and conservation include – recycling water through sewage treatment plants, and reusing it for flushing and landscaping, low flow fixtures, and using drip and highly efficient sprinkler irrigation.
Encouraged by a quote of Al Gore, “As more and more people understand what’s at stake, they become a part of the solution and share both in challenges and opportunities presented by the climate crisis.”
And the continuous reinforcement from Chandru Raheja, K Raheja Corp‘s utilization of technology complements its green efforts immensely, benefiting the workforce and society as a whole, reducing operating costs and elevating brand value!