What Does a Green Building Look Like?

Date: 26 November 2021.

Green architecture is a trend these days. It is a method of minimizing the negative effects built structures have on their surrounding environment. From start to finish - such buildings are designed and executed keeping the environment in mind. The process begins before breaking the ground. It only begins once the site surveys for topography, drainage/soil samples, and sun patterns, etc are done.

Any building, whether it’s a home, office, school, or any other structure, can be a green building if it is made with these features:

  • Use of materials that are non-toxic, ethical, and sustainable
  • Use of renewable energy, such as solar energy
  • Efficient use of water, space, and other resources
  • Pollution and waste reduction measures, and the enabling of re-use and recycling
  • Good indoor environmental air quality
  • Consideration of the environment in design, construction, and operation
  • Consideration of the quality of life of occupants in design, construction, and operation
  • A design that enables adaptation to a changing environment.

The advantages of green buildings are numerous. Beyond technical benefits, feeling the presence of the living world around us elevates the spirit.

Some examples of particularly impressive green building initiatives include Auric Hall, Aurangabad; Symbiosis University Hospital and Research Centre (SUHRC) in Pune; The Madikeri Resort at Coorg etc. All these have been built by one of the top architectural firms in India - IMK Architects.

IMK Architects has been designing green buildings since the ‘60s, and so the love for the natural environment is deeply embedded in the team. The firm’s design philosophy is based on Biophilic Architecture, with a focus and commitment to providing designs that are site-sensitive and in harmony with nature. The firm expertise lies in various segments. So if you are looking for a hotel architect, hospital architect, university architect, or a residential architect – get in touch with IMK Architects.