India requires a shift of attention towards responsible development. More corporate social responsibility measures are required in proportion to the rate at which India's economy and cities are expanding. Building energy efficient homes is one big focus which can significantly contribute to sustainable development and growth. A new national building code is being ushered in and this is the right time to attach a sustainability clause which requires all citizens to build buildings responsibly and sustainably.
Government subsidies for building energy efficient homes will be a reason for consumers to switch towards these building models. Currently, construction of green homes is very expensive and no extra incentives are being provided to consumers or builders.
Projects like Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) aims to install 20,000 MW of solar power by 2022 which is a feed-in tariff project. The tariff for solar thermal projects is fixed and the first phase of this program aims to install 1,000 MW by paying a tariff fixed by the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) of India. This can be considered as one big step by government towards boosting Green (Renewable) Energy as well as being a big move towards building India Sustainably.
The green movement within the residential building sector still requires a lot of effort to bring it into the limelight and make these types of buildings the norm. The cost/benefit equation can be a big advantage which is currently supporting sustainability at it's peak. Knowledge must be shared on a larger scale to garner widespread support.
Green projects generally take a shorter amount of time to obtain government clearing when compared to other "normal" projects. As a result, there is a significant shift on the part of individuals and companies towards green projects which generally surpass being entangled in environmental clearance procedures, which can be quite consuming .Although the intial cost of these building is comparatively high, the cost is easily compensated by the long term advantages of green buildings, including an overall reduction in running and energy costs. The national building law, which is supposed to be implemented in the next quarter, will also play a very significant role in shifting attitudes towards building India sustainably.
Author: Ajay Pal Singh Chabba/ RESET editorial