Sustainable Homes making Deep Inraods in India- Abhijith-buildAhome

--By-Abhijith R Priyan, CEO of buildAhome

An Eco-house (or Eco-home) is an earth low-sway home planned and fabricated, utilizing materials and innovation that diminishes its carbon impression and brings down its energy needs. These homes are a prestigious form for the housing sector that is going to be a new sustainability step towards nature. Eco-friendly homes are more energy-efficient than conventional buildings. By building green homes we are contributing to the environment by reducing the effect of global warming by reducing the overall carbon footprint. Even the Govt policies for eco-friendly construction highly prioritize in reduction of carbon footprint, power savings, reuse & preserving water.

Nowadays, the criteria of the millennials have changed as they prefer constructing buildings keeping health and wellbeing in mind for their family and neighbors. They prefer using and preserve, natural resources to build the house to lower carbon emission and lower the consumption of heat and power.

Water and Energy play a pivotal role in the development & functioning of lives. People are nowadays, highly oriented towards the efficiency of these elements, however the rapid increase of population in metro cities and global warming is causing scarcity of these elements.  These issues will result in a severe lifestyle problem, especially for the upcoming generations.

As part of the energy and money-saving techniques, many people adopt natural ventilation strategies, while building the house. However, that can be adopted based on the climate and geographical location of the house. Natural air conditioning can be termed to be a natural cooling phenomenon off the indoor temperature by utilizing the energy available from our environment with architectural design. Some of such methods are being indulged in our green homes is as follows:

• Cross ventilation

• Clear storey windows

• Earth tubes or perforated tubes

• Thermal insulation by using earth blocks for wall construction & filler slab concepts

• Natural stones for flooring of the home

• Larger dimension windows until beam bottom

• Shading of the home with green elements 

• Shaded or covered terrace with clay tiles

• Terrace roof tiles of lighter shades etc

Such specific methods are used to prevent excessive heat production by reflecting heat (i.e., sunlight) away from your house, removing built-up heat, blocking the heat, and reducing or eliminating heat-generating sources in your home. These methods can help maintain a comfortable non-contaminated indoor temperature, whereas normal AC’s at home regulates the temperature at home but fails to purify the air, since there is only repeat circulation of the existing air that occurs depending on the setting. Building eco-friendly home does not need complex engineering, but basic elementary concepts like hot air rises up, plants produce oxygen etc.

When constructing an eco-friendly home, there must be a rigorous planning and research on the area where the house is built, including the climate, seasons, wind patterns, and land type. For instance, if the place has less rainfall, we suggest for a complete usage of rainwater by building large rainwater harvesting tanks, which can serve as a source during dry month & can fill up whenever it rains.

Greywater management, on the other hand, must be kept mandatory for a certain extent in the new constructions. To use more of alternative sustainable methodologies in the construction may help in the reduction of carbon footprint impact on the environment. By building green homes we are helping ourselves in achieving sustainable lives, especially by adopting more natural architecture, which will bring us closer to the human roots. 

Green homes are more sustainable than conventional buildings. Conventional building prices start from Rs.1590/- per Sqft, whereas the green home construction prices start from Rs.1650/- per Sqft. Though green homes are initially on the higher side of the investment as a residence, the owner of the house shall have great savings over a period of stay as the natural methodologies for power generation, water storage & reusing etc shall be incurred in the building system. Therefore, green homes can be termed to be more sustainable & one can expect more return of investment over a longer period of time. 

Excess demand in Eco-friendly home constructions has now paved the way to more job opportunities for the local and traditional workers in a mass scale by enriching the culture of handmade material usage like Athangudi tiles, Kota stones, Ceramic Tile flooring, Clay Tiles, Athangudi Tiles, Oxide Flooring, Slate Flooring etc.

To prevent the destruction of the natural environment, many of the eco–friendly houses are built with recycled & reused materials like refurbished wood for the doors & windows, bamboo for aesthetics, recycled glass tiles, etc. We look forward for a better eco-friendly home in the coming future, to keep mother nature free from getting ill-treated by any of humankind.