Climate change is a matter of serious concern and the drive to reduce the carbon emissions and tame global warming is gaining momentum. Historically, the contribution to carbon footprint is very in the housing and construction sector. This has forced the construction sector to explore the possibility of using environment-friendly products so that the harm caused to the environment is minimized. The use of green construction materials minimizes the energy needed to both construct and live in the buildings. Green materials refer to sustainable construction materials that provide high performance and at the same time contribute to saving the precious environment.
Innovation Patent for Green Construction Materials
Green Build Products, a Pune-based company, specializes in manufacturing green construction materials for the building industry. The unique self-curing products offered by this company enable hassle-free construction and water conservation. Shilpa and Pradeep Joshi founded the company in 2005 and it has received global recognition for its unique green construction products. In 2009, the Australian Government awarded the ‘Innovation Patent’ to Green Build Products.
The company’s Green Series range of products makes use of innovative technology as it enables construction without cement, sand, and water. These products are made from recycled materials and are available as Ready-to-use Wet Mix and pre-polymerized pastes. The curing occurs quickly during the process of drying. This results in saving in water, time, labour, energy, and cost. The Green Series products have no cement, no sand from the river bed, and need not be mixed with water. This greatly reduces not only the building’s carbon footprint but also ensures crack-free and moisture-free walls.
The key ingredients currently used in the construction industry are cement, sand, and water. There is no doubt about the fact that Cement manufacturing contributes heavily to global warming. Mining of sand from river beds upsets the ecosystem. Finally, water is a very scarce resource and it is important to take immediate action to conserve the same. Unprecedented growth in construction activities is actually fast depleting whatever resources we have.
As such, the need of the hour is judicious use of resources such as water and sand. The construction industry should switch over to the use of sustainable and eco-friendly products to maintain the harmony with nature. The green construction materials from Green Build Products replace the traditional construction materials wholly or partly and they simplify the construction process.
In India, there are three major green rating systems :
- Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
- Indian Green Building Council (IGBC)
- Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA)
LEED is the most commonly used and most recognized green building rating system. To become LEED certified, builders need to comply with the green building norms set by the government. As such, more and more builders have started using eco-friendly construction materials which, in turn, helps them to save time, energy, and money and reduce cost.
India now ranks third in the annual top 10 lists published by the U.S. Green Building Council for countries and regions outside the U.S for LEED certification with 752 projects covering a gross area of 20.28 million square metres.