A recent study – Economic Disparity and CO2 Emissions in Greater Bengaluru – reveals how high-rises with glass façades are becoming energy-guzzlers, and are leaving way too much carbon footprint.

You might enjoy the view through the glass wall at your office or home, but environment is bearing the brunt of these “alluring” glass façades that are sabotaging its core.

Experts say that the buildings you see are meant for temperate climates and not tropical. Bengaluru has tropical climate. These buildings have high usage of air conditioners and energy consuming gadgets. This in turn has augmented electricity consumption. Moreover, in order to generate electricity, the amount of CO2 being emitted has also increased.The design of buildings with glass façades automatically allows an increase in the floor area on each floor. A larger floor area also means higher energy consumption per capita carbon emissions that are directly affecting the environment.

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However, not all builders and developers can be tarred with the same brush. Premium builders in Bangalore will never touch buildings with glass façades with a 10 foot pole, unless there is a green alternative.

These top builders and developers very well understand the materials they use. When it comes to using spiffing articles, they never compromise. Sun Ban glasses reduce sun’s direct heat up to 70 percent.They also provide UV protection and optimum natural daylight.

Real estate builders and developers Ahad Builders are a paragon. They provide their customers top-hole apartments that incorporate new designs and architecture. These leading property builders never shy away from experimenting with amenities.
It is imperative to understand the science behind the design of a building. It is not always about aesthetics.

Employees also bear the brunt

Experts also say that it is not just the environment that bears the marks of this whiplash. Even employees who work in such buildings are risking their health. Poor ventilation in such structural designs can trap volatile organic compounds (VOCs), bio aerosols, and particulate matter, leading to a plethora of health ailments like the impairment of lung’s functions.

An expert from the Healthcare Foundation of India (HCFI) says that people spend more than 90 percent of their lives indoors. Over 50 percent of employed adults work in such offices or within similar non-industrial environments. Factors that contribute to bodily ailments include toxic or irritant chemicals such as cleaning products, VOCs, dust, allergens, infectious agents, fragrances, tobacco smoke, as well as extreme temperatures and humidity. At present, there are no formal standards for acceptable indoor air quality in India. Health effects from the indoor air pollutants may be experienced soon after exposure, or possibly, years later.

What’s the Solution?

Builders, real estate developers, architects, and professionals should take a leaf out of Ahad Builders’ book. Disadvantages of buildings with glass façades are galore. Shunning such buildings is not a logical option. The government should formulate stringent norms with regard to the architecture and design of high-rises. Major installations (like tech parks) should be moved out of the city, say experts.

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(Inputs from Bangalore Times, Monday, November 19, 2018)