There was a time when to build a green home, developers and builders could only choose from resources like straw, mud, timber and stone. And even that consumed lots of precious energy. But thanks to the industrial development, sustainable housing technologies have seen a massive leap. Now novel homes are being constructed without damaging the earth they sit on.
The moment you picture an environment-friendly home, do you only envisage solar panels, high-efficiency washing machines and a gamut of other earth-friendly devices? Green technologies used in homes by real estate developers, go way beyond just eco-friendly tools to incorporate everything that can support holistic living. Fortunately, now there are a gamut of technological options that can bring one closer to creating an energy-efficient home.
Here are a few technologies that can help build a truly green home:
Sustainable floors: We’ve known it for ages but real estate developers have finally understood the value of having bamboo floorings in homes. Composed from a fast-growing renewable plant that is bacteria-free, natural, resistant to water and is exceptionally tough, bamboo is the best choice for green flooring. Some developers are also replacing wood floorings with rubber and polished concrete floorings, which are 100 per cent renewable resources.
Smart power strips and power adapters: Most electric gadgets sluggishly graze on power while doing totally nothing, thus consuming a lot of energy. Smart power strips are designed to feed the devices with electricity, only when needed.
So instead of entering a standby mode, these strips shut the machine down after a certain amount of time till it is required again. Installation of power adapters at home too helps cut down electricity bills considerably. These green tools lend great solutions to offer gadgets the precise amount of power they require and turn off after the need has been met.
Sustainable heating: Solar panels aren’t the only options to heat your home. There are other alternatives for that which save both money and environment. A geo-thermal heat pump for instance, is an eco-friendly technique that can considerably reduce the cost of heating over long durations. This technologically-advanced device also makes much less noise compated to conventional heat pumps.
Composting human wastes: Unlike the West, Indian real estate industry is gradually cottoning on to the idea that human waste isn’t actually a waste. So instead of flushing away valuable resources, composting toilets aid in efficiently treating human excrement through organic processes.
This process helps turn it into biological compost material that can be utilised for soil fertilisation. Unlike conventional toilet which need more water, green flushing also cut down on water usage. Incorporating dual low-flush toilets allow one to choose the amount of water being used every time you flush, thus conserving energy and cutting down your water bill.
Home-automation lighting: Conventional lightings today have been replaced with energy-efficient LED lighting that help to cut down on energy utilisation and costs. Now developers are taking this trend further by installing lighting systems that get connected through hardwares controlled through smartphone apps.
Our country desperately needs to protect its resources, hence green housing is unquestionably the only alternative that will facilitate in ensuring an enhanced future for our planet. It is stirring to witness how real estate developers and builders are scouting for innovative cutting-edge technologies and methods to aid in meeting the sustainability needs of our planet.
(The writer is managing director-founder, Rivali Park, CCI Project)