Air Pollution is a grave danger for humanity
Air Pollution is an issue that directly or indirectly affects almost every one of us including you! Yes, you too. One can control what they see, eat, drink or even hear for a small period but breathing is something that is beyond one’s control. Breathing is necessary for life and thus to have a clean air is not a luxury but a necessity.
However, in the past century, the air quality all over the world has degraded especially in developing countries like India. Reports suggest that 13 out of the 20 most polluted cities are in India. A sad but true fact is that 20-22 million premature deaths happen each year because of air pollution in India alone. The country is in a crucial stage where the clean-up process should be at a higher pace than anywhere else in the world. If this is not done soon then the huge population of the country will just become its liability and not its strength.
CII Event on Healthy Buildings
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) – Indian Green Building Council organised a seminar on Healthy Buildings on 8th May. The seminar’s theme was ‘Enhancing Health and Wellbeing through Built Environment’ at the Hyatt Regency. Environment monitoring solutions company SWAN Environmental and industrial electrical company Sterling & Wilson supported the event. The event highlighted the following issues and presented the necessary solutions along with the green technologies.
Dignitaries who graced the event with their presence were:
– Mr. J.P. Shroff, Chairman, CII – Indian Green Building Council – Pune Chapter & Director, Shroff Group
– Ar. Poorva Keskar, Co-chairperson, CII – Indian Green Building Council – Pune Chapter & Director, VK:e environmental
-Mr Mohoit kulkarni, product Specialist, Sterling & Wilson
-Mr Vijay Kumar, Manager, Swan Environmental LLP
-Mr Mahendra Tikhe, Territory Manager, Armstrong
-Mr Sameer Rupani, Partner, S R Green Solutions, LLP
Mr Gaurav Pershad, Architect, Green Buildings, CII – IGBC commenced the program with a detailed presentation on green buildings model of IGBC
The major points of discussion in the event were:
- Health hazards of living and working in an improperly designed buildings
- Benefits of living and working in a Green Building
- Major factors of healthy living such as the cleanliness and balance of Light, Acoustics, Air, Water, Social and Mental Health
- Melanopic Lux for Circadian-Effective Light
- PMV – Predictive Mean Vote
- Glare Index
- Illumination Ratio
- Sick building syndrome
The air we breathe has been polluted over the years. A major misconception is that the outside air is bad for health and thus we come to our homes and we relax thinking that the inside air is clean. This is very wrong, as studies have suggested that the air inside our homes can be up to 5 times more polluted than the outside air.
The reasons behind this are:
- The outside air is always circulating
- There are trees or water bodies help in reducing the air pollutants
- Inside air after entering remains inside for a long time without circulation
- There is no natural cleaning process for the air inside
The industries’ representatives who attended the event spoke on the adverse effects of the bad air we breathe. They also presented with the latest technologies from their companies that allows for a cleaner and greener environment to live and work in.
Swan Environmental is one of the leading environmental technology solution providers in India. The company offers a plethora of technical solutions to major corporates, office spaces and homes. They displayed a machine that could calculate the CO2 levels inside the conference room along with the temperature. They have machines that would constantly calculate the amount of particulate matter in the air, which are less than 2.5 units as they are the most harmful for the human body. These PMs can go directly into blood streams of a person and create havoc if exposed to them over a long period of time.
Sterling & Wilson
Sterling and Wilson operates across the Middle East, Africa, Australia, Europe, the USA, and South America. Over the past 5 years they have set up global operations in businesses of DG sets, Gas based power plants, Waste to Energy, Turnkey data centers, Transmission & Distribution and Solar EPC. Recently the company has moved towards clean energy business and with its foray into Wind and Energy Storage, Sterling and Wilson is perfectly poised to play a pivotal role in the global trend of moving away from thermal plants to a future of renewable energy with storage.
The increasing impacts of climate change requires mitigation as well as adaptation and adapting to the changing environment demands technological development and support. The environmental experts and scholars have already claimed that at such crucial stage mitigation and adaption both are important to survive and we cannot rely on just one way to tackle the mess we humans have created. However, adaptation is expensive, especially for developing nations as the equipment and technology that are required are dramatically costly. Thus, arises the need for creating developing affordable technology and green building is one such brilliant idea that can conveniently brushoff the costs of other heavy equipment.
India is among the top three countries in the world in terms of Green Building projects. The total area under the green building initiative has crossed a whopping 6.7 billion square foot under a combined 5224 projects. The main objective is to address people centric aspects of wellbeing, healthy building and built environment. Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), a part of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) with the support of stakeholders is advancing the green building movement in the country. Presently, India has about 30 billion sq.ft of building stock and it is expected to reach 100 billion sq.ft by 2030. This presents an excellent opportunity to construct all upcoming buildings and all forms of built-environment as green by design. The green way not only conserves natural resources but will also go a long way in enhancing the quality of life and well-being of the occupants. With 66 offices, including 9 Centres of Excellence, in India, and 10 overseas offices in Australia, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Singapore, South Africa, UAE, UK, and USA, as well as institutional partnerships with 355 counterpart organizations in 126 countries, CII serves as a reference point for Indian industry and the international business community.
Since the world is moving ahead altogether with a common agenda of fighting climate change and making earth survivable for our future generation, multiple companies are investing on green business. Thus, the sector is highly profitable including multiple products like electric vehicles, solar panels, air purifiers, water decontaminators, sewage cleaning machines, waste treatment plants and so on. As industries move ahead with the plans of developing and making available new technologies, the price affordability has to be kept in mind in order to serve the developing nations.
-Soumya De and Sugandh Priya Ojha