After all, if all new buildings in urban areas were made to adopt green building concepts, India could save up to 3,400 MW of power — enough to light up half of Delhi, or 5.5 lakh homes a year, according to estimates by TERI. This would also save the country Rs 40,000 crore per annum.
And, given that a four-member home consumes 540 litres of water per day, about 1 lakh additional homes could get water for five years from the annual savings we would make if all new buildings were green.
So here’s what we suggest: Make basic green norms — like rainwater harvesting and graywater recycling — compulsory for all new buildings in all 5,161 cities, towns and urban agglomerations in India, report Chetan Chauhan & Aditya Ghosh. How to make your building green