World Environment Day is the right opportunity for all of us to reaffirm our commitment to protecting our planet and providing for a better future. On this occasion, Rohan Goregaonkar, Director, Creative 7 Design Studio, shares measures that can be taken towards building a green home.
What do you understand by green homes?
A green home is a house that is designed to be environmentally friendly and sustainable. Besides it also focuses on the efficient use of "energy, water, and building materials”. As universal as the definition of green homes is, it primary relates to ZERO CARBON lifestyle which focuses on using the energy, environment, and waste efficiently.
What green features have you incorporated in your home?
Green features assure multiple benefits. They are not only cost-effective but also keep our surroundings healthy by reducing the circulation of CO2 in the internal environment. Considering several benefits, I have also incorporated several green features in my house. Here are some of the important features at my place:
- LED energy efficient lighting
- Bringing the outdoor indoor by using eco-friendly walls and air purifying plants
- Separating the plastic and organic waste separately
- Rainwater harvesting through a collective society initiative.
- Water saving showerheads and taps
How do these features help the environment?
Most of these features are focused on reducing dependency on energy and environment.
-LED lights consume less energy and emit only restricted light in the internal environment of the house, making the house less warm.
-Separating waste and reducing the usage of plastic makes a big difference to the environment as the organic waste than can be converted into manure for good use of balcony and indoor plants
-Rainwater harvesting captures the rain water in the underground tank for us to reuse the water for overall landscape and grey water for the entire society complex.
Do these features offer you any cost savings as well?
In terms of cost savings, the LED lights consume less energy which helps in saving a lot on electricity bills. While complex systems like rainwater harvesting is a capital intensive system but compensate in reducing dependency on Municipal water supply.
How do the eco-friendly materials/features compare with traditional material/features in terms of cost and performance?
Generally, an energy efficient Led, depending on consumption will reduce the cost of the bill by half or even more. Similarly, organic waste when composted is a free manure itself. Additionally, rainwater harvesting is a choice still many societies are making due to its capital intensive nature.
Are you planning to take any other eco-friendly initiatives in your home in the future?
We would like to look at eco-friendly paints for sure and look at getting our energy source if not completely partially through solar panels. However, the set-up is a bit capital intensive, therefore we expect it to be executed may be in two-three years’ time.