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GREENITIATIVES architects, project management professionals, labourers and even the end-user. Sustainability of a structure can be ensured not only with the utilisation of qualitative technologies or raw materials but also by practising effective revival and maintenance procedures. Quality of green construction is a responsibility of each individual. The root cause of improper construction or weak structures is due to the lack of participation from micro-level members of our society, consisting of the common man. A major concern hindering the effective growth pace of green construction is lack of a skilled workforce, effective governance and implementation of advanced technologies for utilisation water treatment and resource utilisation maintained to achieve the desired result of natural resources. The presence of are also elements of crucial importance of qualitative construction. multinationals in the Indian market in building a ‘Cleaner India’. though has opened us to new advanced The ambitious agenda can be gained Fear of Eco-Clearances technologies. A proper understanding of only through effective participation of The technical advancements and the utilisation of technologies is of core stakeholders from the macro-to-micro introduction of modern machineries importance. The process involves the level. For instance, waste management is while have tremendously contributed need for a skilled workforce and capacity one such area wherein mass awareness in raising the level of construction building. Any technology can give fruitful prevails as a major hurdle. While solid activities, have also escalated concerns outputs only when supported by a skilled waste management process is being over environment sustainability. Though workforce. highly propagated the actual practise the country has imbibed environmental Qualitative participation of governing of such technologies still goes on at a clauses and regulations for monitoring or regulating authorities is the other snail’s pace. The procedure involves the construction activities, a major major element determining the success active participation from members of the fallacy is being witnessed in the actual of green construction. The desired results society, governing authorities, NGOs, and effectiveness of these regulations. The of sustainable construction and ambitious even the common man. A crucial point complexity of environmental regulations aim of building Smart Sustainable Cities that needs to be well understood by the can be seen as a major reason for their can be achieved only through the regular masses is the importance of collection lack of effectiveness. The situation monitoring by the government authorities. and segregation of waste into wet and hence demands standardisation and The situation hence demands for a dry wastes. The procedure is also a cost simplification of the entire process. qualitative ‘Green Governance’ in India. effective process to achieve the target for A system should not be as complex the way The government or concerned authorities a ‘Cleaner India’. it is today, and must be introduced in a should act as the watchdogs responsible user-friendly approach. The simplification for achieving effective governance. Role of Green Consultants of the entire process can considerably Apart from new construction projects, enhance the success prospects for green Awareness is the key focus needs also be on the transformation construction and sustainable technologies. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has put of existing structures. As a consultant PEC Even the dream of developing Smart Cities forth the much ambitious initiative of Solutions not just focuses on creating new will be more easily achievable through creating a ‘Clean India’. As citizens ‘green’ projects but also on transforming the simplification process of environment involved in the process of turning the existing ones into sustainable structures. clearances. In addition, clarity or ambition of ‘Clean India’ into a reality, Such an approach also needs to be categorisation of the clauses as per its we need to understand that a Cleaner undertaken by our governing authorities. applicability is the other need of the hour India can be achieved not just by cleaning The process can tremendously contribute in implementing environmental policies. A our roads and highways but the practise towards building our futuristic Smart clear bifurcation of the clauses as per its need to start right from our houses. Cities. A consultant must understand applicability into residential, commercial, The desired result of gaining a ‘Clean his/her role in the entire green building industrial, retail etc rather than a common India’ cannot be achieved only through moment so that effective contributions can regulation can make both understanding sale or branding of technology but by be chipped in for qualitative constructions and practise easy. incorporating effectiveness right from the Green structures should not be only built, The government today has a dedicated micro level. Effective waste management, but also need to be operated and well department dealing with environmental 74 construction opportunities|NOVEMBER 2014
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