Title: Increasing energy efficiency in India by the use of green building

Authors: Sthita Prajna Mishra; S.M. Ali; Arjyadhara Pradhan; Prajnasmita Mohapatra; Vijaya Singh

Addresses: Institute of Technical Education and Research, SOA University, Jagamara, Jagmohan Nagar, Bhubaneswar-751030, Odisha, India ' School of Electrical Engineering, KIIT University, Patia, Bhubaneswar-751024, Odisha, India ' School of Electrical Engineering, KIIT University, Patia, Bhubaneswar-751024, Odisha, India ' School of Electrical Engineering, KIIT University, Patia, Bhubaneswar-751024, Odisha, India ' School of Electrical Engineering, KIIT University, Patia, Bhubaneswar-751024, Odisha, India

Abstract: Green building (also known as green construction or sustainable building) refers to a structure and using process that is environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building's life-cycle: from sitting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition. This requires close cooperation of the design team, the architects, the engineers, and the client at all project stages. The green building practice expands and complements the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort. Green building practices aim to reduce the environmental impact of buildings, and the very first rule is, do not build in sprawl (spreading in disordered fashion). According to the National Resources Inventory, approximately 107 million acres (430,000 km²) of land in the USA are developed. The International Energy Agency released a publication that estimated that existing buildings are responsible for more than 40% of the world's total primary energy consumption and for 24% of global carbon dioxide emissions. This paper mainly focuses on the basic concept of green building and gives us an idea about how energy efficiency can be improved by the use of green building technology.

Keywords: aquifers; fixtures; VOCs; volatile organic compounds; indoor air quality; IAQ; EPA; Environmental Protection Agency; green building; renewable energy; India; energy efficiency; environmental impact.

DOI: 10.1504/IJRET.2013.058140

International Journal of Renewable Energy Technology, 2013 Vol.4 No.4, pp.406 - 415

Accepted: 02 Sep 2013
Published online: 30 Jan 2014 *

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