Greening brown office spaces has been a key initiative for the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) for some time now. With inefficient office spaces producing some of the largest amounts of greenhouse gas emitted anywhere in the built sector, it only makes sense for Australia’s green building authority to make reducing this priority number one.
The GBCA’s greenhouse gas reduction initiative is proving so effective at both reducing carbon emissions and boosting the quality and standards of the modern office that workplace productivity is increasing and the green office model is spreading.
According to the Economic Times in India, LEED office buildings are now becoming increasingly common, particularly in the areas of Andheri East, Marol, MIDC and Sankinaka, with more than 25 LEED and Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) certified building in Mumbai alone.
While the creation of cutting edge green office space is certainly a move in the right direction for the national green building industry, it may very well be alienating the Indian public at large. According to green building consultant Neha Singhani, there is a common misconception that among the Indian populace that “having a green home is expensive and is meant only for very high class people.”
“People do not know the benefits of having a green home,” says Singhani. “Rather it is difficult to convince them.”
However, the trendiness of green interiors is certainly growing in the country with interior designers finding success in promoting green features such as LED lighting and organic materials.
According to Gaurav Monga, the head of marketing, publicity and design at Ecohomes, highly specified green features in homes are still a priority for the average Indian homebuyer.
“There is awareness amongst buyers, but the home buying decision still depends on a host of other more important factors such as location, price and developers reputation,” says Monga. “Greenness of a home still remains to be a very small factor when a buyer decides to buy a home.”
While the up-front costs can often be off-putting, the tried and tested long-term results often give green buildings a much greater investment potential. This is something the industry will continue to promote even if they are not able to completely develop a green residential market given the public disinterest.