New Delhi, May 26, 2017: There’s no denying the fact that ‘Home Is Where the Heart Is’. Searching for a house that you can call home is indeed a tedious and sweating job. With amazing architectures and aesthetically designed buildings, the prices of what you call homes have skyrocketed in the last decade or so. Today’s customer is more lighted and looks for not just for beautiful but smarter spaces which they can call, home!! So what really makes a ‘‘Green Building into a Great Home”, let’s find out!!!?

What Exactly is a ‘Green Home’??? Is it green colored? Is it made out of recycled material? Does it look like a tree house?? So what exactly is a ‘Green Building’ that you may call your very own ‘Green Home’? With all the buzz going around about the need for a sustainable development and saving our natural resources, ‘Green Buildings’ come as a breath of fresh air amidst all the fuss. Green Homes are buildings designed by keeping sustainability and long-term future efficiency in mind. The designs are kept so as to maximize the efficiency when it comes to using energy, water, and materials. The long-term goal of such a building is to have minimal impact on human health and environment throughout the entire lifecycle of the building. Green Homes or Green Building concepts start from the design on the table and extend beyond the walls of your home to site planning, community, and land-use.

Shree Venkatesh Buildcon: Committed, Creating Green Homes

With over a dozen projects in and around Pune, Shree Venkatesh Buildcon has gained immense faith and respect among customers for its commitment to ensuring a greener, efficient and more sustainable homes. The defining feature of the projects under the Shri Venkatesh Buildcon banner is the “eco- friendly” essence that the company has ingrained in all its projects blending them perfectly with nature and environment. The team at Venkatesh Buildcon puts forward innovative ideas and designs that are deeply connected to the environment and natural concerns of the present day. By following environmental protection rules and norms, the company is only a few in India that sell Green Houses that you call “Home”. Putting their best foot forward the company is assertive of giving the most comfortable living condition to you and your family. With modern innovations and superior style, the company has shaped the future of hundreds of families by providing them luxurious residential flats maintaining its green commitment in each of them. Some of the major projects that have been envisioned by the company are:

· VENKATESH JOY NEST

Venkatesh JoyNest is a state of the art, lush green housing development that is well connected to local amenities apart from being hand crafted for your family. Located 25km from Pune Airport, the place has something for everyone that ranges from classic elevation, contemporary amenities, fine fittings, well- planned layout, club house, landscaped garden, play area & Yoga and Meditation center that make for a rewarding and fulfilling life.

· VENKATESH GRAFFITI

Developed on enormous 8.5 acres of land, Venkatesh Graffiti houses 6 towers and 9 buildings of 4 storey’s each, it offers semi-luxurious 1, 2 & 3 BHK flats in Keshavnagar, Mundhwa.

· VENKATESH LAKE LIFE

With 770 apartments and 40 shops, the whole complex is spread over an area of 14 acres. The project offers many leisure and recreational elements coupled with aristocratic colors.

· VENKATESH LAKE VISTA

With Pure Lake, clear sky and lush green hills of Katraj on offer, Lake Vista is an unmatched blend of nature and city life. Located in the serene and quiet surroundings of Ambegaon, this area will surely give you an emotional and mental state of peace.

· VENKATESH SHARVIL

Venkatesh Sharvil is a seamless blend of quaint countryside and modern metropolis. The place has endless opportunities to rejuvenate and fresh your mind and body.

What Makes Green Homes Important Today??

We get what a Green Home is but what makes it so important? The answer to this lies in the fact that the growth and development of our community and society plays a significant impact on our natural environment and surroundings. Depending on the manufacturing, layout, design, construction, materials and modus operandi of the buildings in which we live and work are responsible for the usage of many of our natural resources. Recent studies in the United States have found that unlike Green Homes, regular buildings accounts for 40% of total energy use, 65% of total electricity consumption, 30% of landfill waste, 40% of carbon dioxide emissions, and 12% of total water consumption.

The Environmental benefits of Green Homes

· Enhancing and the protection of biodiversity and ecosystems around your home and workplace.

· Fresher air by improving the air quality of the surroundings.

· Improves the water quality thereby giving access to with reduces waste water streams.

· Reducing trash, pollution, and degradation of the environment.

· An overall reduction in the solid and liquid wastes of the neighborhood.

· An effective approach towards conserving and restoring natural resources.

Economic Benefits: For Your Pockets

· By reducing the operational costs, Green Homes are more efficient and helps you save big.

· Better living conditions for the occupants hence improve their productivity.

· Green Homes have better asset values and profits since they are built keeping sustainability for future generations in mind.

· Optimize life-cycle economic performance

The Social Benefits: Beyond your Walls

· With better air, water and other natural resource qualities, Green Homes enhance the health and comfort of the occupants.

· Green Homes reduce the strain on local utility infrastructures.

· With the improvement in the overall quality of life, society and locality become a better place to live in.

Venkatesh Buildcon is committed for its customers and society at large to have all the above benefits and consistently works towards it.

Building Green Home: The Compliance Needed

Not any building can be called a Green Building or a Green Home. Since these homes and office spaces have great direct and indirect impacts on the environment, there are a certain set of accreditations or compliances which they must adhere to. Due to the undeniable fact that right from the groundbreaking, construction, occupancy, renovation, repurposing, and demolition, buildings use energy, water, and raw materials, generate waste, and emit potentially harmful atmospheric emissions. All these facts have led to the creation and formulation of certain green building standards, certifications, and rating systems that are important for the sustainable growth of building and the surrounding environment.

· Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE)

The Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) has launched the Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) which should be taken into account while constructing the building. Any building that has a minimum conditioned area of 1000 Sq Mts and a power supply demand of 500 KW or 600 KVA and consumes from 90 kW·h/sqm/year to 200 kW·h/sqm/year can be termed as “ECBC Compliant Building”. The CII Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre is a BEE 5 star rated building in India.

· LEED-India

LEED was created in the year 2000 in the USA and is today followed in over 60 countries worldwide. The Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED-India) Green Building Rating System is a global standard for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings (provided by IGBC). It consists of ratings based on 7 categories Site Selection, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, Regional Priority, and Innovation in Design.

· IGBC O&M

The ‘IGBC Green Existing Building O&M Rating System’ is a system by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) for applying sustainable concepts to existing buildings.

· TERI GRIHA

A national rating system, The Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment is adopted while designing, constructing and evaluating new buildings.

· ENERGY STAR

Established in the year 1992, Energy Star is a certification label for energy efficient products. It focuses n the energy or electricity consumption of electrical appliances that include your television, refrigerators, air conditioners, water heaters, laptops, printers, lighting, commercial roofing, and other office equipment.

· WATERSENSE

It is a program that offers and rates products as per their water efficiency. It was established in 2006 and offers people simple and smart choices for using less water and maintaining high environmental standards.

· SCS Global Services

The SCS Global Services certification is based on a set of standards for recycled content, biodegradable liquid products, and no-added-formaldehyde products. There are many products that get this certification for meeting the quality of indoor air, and recycled content.

· Green Seal

Referenced in several LEED rating systems, Green Seal covers building products like paints, adhesives, lamps, electric chillers, windows, window films, and occupancy sensors.

· GREENGUARD

The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute certifies products that comply with their rigorous formaldehyde, emissions, and chemical testing requirements.

· Green Squared

Green Squared is a certification that covers products used in a tile installation.

Green Homes: The Impact on Today, Tomorrow!

· An Intelligent Approach to Energy:

Green Homes impact to minimize the energy consumption at every stage of the building. This begins right from the idea on paper to realization, construction to the final usage. Green Homes offer an opportunity for increased output with decreased impact and ensure a move towards greater resource efficiency.

· Every Drop Counts:

Green Homes play a great role when it comes to protecting our water resources. Effective managing of water resources and rainfall drainage system can help with the drinking water problem and reduction of water used in construction and industrial sector. Green buildings ensure healthier interaction between water, soil and the whole environmental system.

· Reduce, Reuse and Recycle:

Green Homes ensure that materials used in the construction are of higher quality and longevity. This leads to the reduction in construction waste and better management of leftover products.

· Improved Public Services:

Green building lower the cost of running public places, increase the efficiency of providing services and help create the right environment to implement better ideas and innovations.

· Adding and retaining financial value

Green Homes have better sales and rental premiums while reducing the capital expenditure and have lower costs of repairs as compared to regular or non- green buildings. Energy and water efficient buildings also help save businesses’ and consumers’ money while having a higher selling value.

Corporate Comm India (CCI Newswire)

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