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Role of a Green Building Consultant

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Architect Lokesh B,

Sustainability Consultant is empowered to focus holistically on a project, with an intention of doing less harm to the environment and aim for a profitable business case with lesser CAPEX and OPEX rather than just setting target on a certificate. Architect Lokesh B, Manager -Sustainability Projects-Conserve Consultants explains why Sustainability Consultant is enriched to address the unique need of a project for integrating the sustainable performance with other project objectives of all stakeholders.

Sustainability consultant play a pivotal role in a typical project flow, creating and nurturing the Green Quotient from the very beginning till execution; or you can say that from drawing board to its commissioning, by rigorously working along with other project stakeholders. In a nutshell, the consultant’s main role is to enable the project team to develop better buildings with features that benefit both the final occupants as well as owners.

Above all, the priority to achieve sustainability within the budgeted project cost and time remain the major focus. We strongly believe that Green Buildings and Sustainability Concepts should appeal as a strong business case to all the stakeholders.

Engaging a Green Building Consultant

Green Buildings may seem to be the latest trend in the construction industry but in a way, it has always been there but rarely promoted explicitly. Institutions and individuals are becoming more aware of the consequences of neglecting environment viz. El Niño, Global Climate Change effects, etc. Buildings which operate on fewer resources are also getting incentives by Government and Civic authorities, further facilitating sustainable growth.

At Conserve Consultants, we create and incorporate two important values in built-environments: Tangible and Intangible. The tangible value is achieved by reducing opex and capex costs while intangible value is achieved by improving the standards of well being and productive environment and creating new benchmarks. The importance of specialised consultants is also to make a strong business case to all the stakeholders through Green Building tools and techniques.

Green Building Consultants also integrate four pillars of Sustainability (Environmentally/Economically/ Socially/Culturally) as a guiding tool. Their role is holistic and achieved by integrating all aspects of performance of all the stake holders.

A green building consultant should have both theoretical and application knowledge on all aspects of a project, be it architecture, construction, electrical, mechanical or public health engineering. The core technical skills help in being updated with the green building movement while the industry specific expertise brings an extra advantage of serving the client’s needs with empathy.

Besides, one should be strong in developing viable business case considering making the project economically feasible. Also, the Consultant should also have tremendous project management skills carry on the sustainability quotient throughout the project without losing the fire from the drawing board till the buildings inception. Along with this, one should also have the marketing and communication expertise in order to help project owner to position the project with a strong appeal to the target audience.

Any project work flow will have design, planning, procurement, execution, commissioning and occupancy stages. The sustainability quotient must be raised at each stage of the project life cycle through liasoning with project owners, architects & MEP Consultants, Contractors and finally the tenants & occupants.

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