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Green Buildings: Building a Greener City, a Greener Future—An Indian Perspective

  • Kriti KanaujiaEmail author
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Abstract

Green building as a concept has become popular in recent years due to concerns of un-sustainability and climate change. It is premised on being energy and resource efficient from its inception to manifestation; in order to minimize environmental and energy consumption costs. Although, the concept may seem new, but the practice has been done since centuries in India in the form of white roofs of Jaisalmer to rain water harvesting methods of baolis (step-wells), hauz (water reservoir) and tals (lakes) in numerous old forts and palaces of India. Even in contemporary India, many sustainable techniques are being promoted by the Government of India in synchronization with State governments. Green buildings are the need of the hour because they will help reduce our ecological footprint by adapting to the existing climate and helping us to mitigate the effects of climate change to a considerable level. Green buildings are the building blocks of Smart Cities.

Keywords

Green building Old practices New energy efficient techniques Sustainability Urban areas Smart cities 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Geography, Delhi School of EconomicsUniversity of DelhiNew DelhiIndia

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