Making Green Building an Attractive Proposition
January 2015


Like any developing country, India faces the challenges of increasing pollution and depleting resources. With climate change and environmental degradation at our doorstep, constructing green buildings is a priority with policy mavens. According to the United Nations Environment Program, nearly one third of the total greenhouse emissions come from buildings.

In India, buildings account for 35% of total energy consumption. And this percentage is growing at an alarming annual rate of 8%. Indeed, to say that green buildings are critical to any policies addressing climate change and environmental concerns is a no brainer.

The good news is that the green building footprint in India is expanding. According to data shared by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) reveals that while there are only 442 certified and fully functional green buildings in India currently, the Council has 2,235 green building projects and 1.65 billion square feet of green building footprint registered with it of which over half is accounted for by the home (residential) segment. According to IGBC estimates, the number of green buildings should grow to about one lakh by 2025.

Green buildings reduce the overall impact of the built environment on human health and the natural environment by:

  • Efficiently using energy, water, and other resources
  • Protecting occupant health and improving employee productivity
  • Reducing waste, pollution and environmental degradation

Green buildings promote sustainable practices through certification or rating systems. These rating systems and Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) or national rating systems such as GRIHA or IGBC – are universally accepted benchmarks.

Sustainability at Express Towers

Since we take our responsibility to protect the environment seriously, the Express Towers Management has decided to go for this certification this year and has hired Educated Environments (EdEn), a green building consulting firm, for this purpose.

The benefits of Existing Building Operations and Maintenance (EBOM) certification are:

  • Lower operating costs and increased asset value
  • Reduced waste sent to landfills
  • Energy and water conservation
  • More healthful and productive environments for occupants
  • Reductions in greenhouse gas emissions
  • Improved marketability of client-occupied commercial properties

EdEn’s scope for this project is to track the annual energy, water consumption and waste generation of Express Towers and devise strategies on go greener without compromising on indoor environmental quality and occupant comfort.

EdEn will develop policies for occupants and management of facilities to optimise solid waste management, purchase of office consumables and cleaning products, plumbing fixtures retrofit, green guidelines for facility renovation, and building systems operation and maintenance plan.

These policies and programmes will be implemented across the entire building level with the co-operation of all occupants. The outcome of this mammoth exercise will be a building that is a blend of organic architecture, world class services and a continuous endeavour to reduce environmental impact.