Topic: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.
5.What are Green Buildings? Do you think innovation in green buildings can help address the carbon challenge and harness an opportunity for sustainable development? Explain. (250 words)
Reference: The Hindu
Why this question:
The Bengaluru Smart City Limited (BSCL) has signed an MoU with CII’s Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) to give a boost to the Green Building Movement & Sustainable Development, and to facilitate greening of the city as per IGBC’s Green Cities Rating System.
Key demand of the question:
The answer must discuss the concept of Green building and in what way they can help in addressing the carbon challenge and attain sustainable development.
Explain – Clarify the topic by giving a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.
Structure of the answer:
Define what Green buildings are.
A ‘green’ building is a building that, in its design, construction or operation, reduces or eliminates negative impacts, and can create positive impacts, on our climate and natural environment. Green buildings preserve precious natural resources and improve our quality of life. Then move onto discuss the salient features of Green buildings. Explain how green buildings can contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and address the carbon challenge of the world. Discuss the efforts being made by India on this front.
Conclude that Green buildings can prove to be true catalysts for addressing some of the world’s most pressing issues.