Sustainable living spaces in India are no more a fad, rather it’s a reality that we need to systematically look into. Currently, the rate of urbanization in India is roughly 35%. In another 30 years, it is estimated that close to 60% of Indians will live in cities and related urban corridors. Hence, it is essential to look forward to sustainable and viable dwelling options that would reduce the carbon footprint and promote overall well-being without compromising on aesthetics and comforts.
Through cohesive adoption of sustainable practices in our construction and real estate management, we can go a long way towards reversing the climate changes, addressing environmental concerns, and building healthy communities & neighborhoods.
A paradigm shift is also needed in our thinking, wherein we need to change our notion that sustainable living is limited to doing less harm to the environment. As a comprehensive step towards a holistic way of life, it is also about living a healthy, enjoyable, and meaningful community-oriented life. In that direction, there is a pressing need to recreate and reimagine a new blueprint to develop sustainable living communities and scale-up to meet the demand of our growing urban population.
Globally, housing contributes to around 40% of the overall greenhouse emissions. Hence, there is a critical need to put the spotlight on cleaner and greener energy practices in our buildings. Such protocols and practices will focus on reduction in energy wastage, promote responsible consumption, and contribute towards the overall well-being of the planet.
Our government has shown a strong focus on reducing carbon emissions and the world has also recognized the commitment of our leadership towards making this goal a reality. Following this lead, it is high time that the real estate sector, which is also the 2nd largest contributor of the GDP growth, should come forward and play its part.
Now, as we have entered the era of spurred urbanization, it is important to focus on sustainable community living that can address social and environmental concerns, foster better waste management practices, save energy & water, and emphasize sustainable design and architecture concepts.
A sustainable living model is pinned on the idea of overall optimization of resources, focus on recycling, avoidance of wastage, and using efficient yet durable products.
The objective of achieving sustainable living will remain a distant possibility without proper construction practices. During the construction period itself, one needs to adhere to prudent practices such as the usage of eco-friendly products, minimizing ecological damage, using water effectively, and adopting an overall holistic approach.
Sustainable living is not just about environmentally friendly practices but is fraught with innumerable tangible and intangible benefits for the residents. These benefits include reduced electricity and water bills, adequate ventilation and sunlight, and a sense of harmony & tranquility. Hence, in order to realize this goal it is important to also do thorough and detailed assessments of benefits so that we can bring each stakeholder to the same table – developers, contractors, and end-users.