Landscaping in a Green Development
One of the most obvious considerations would be landscaping a green development. However, as Anirban from iDream points out “a few considerations at the landscape design stage would make a project greener than the average green”.
One should try to use native or adapted trees and plants on the roof. This type of greenery absorbs heat, helping to increase occupant comfort and lower air-conditioning costs by bringing down interior temperatures and providing shade. Green roofs also provide extra insulation in colder weather.
Both inside a workspace and outside a building, there are numerous steps one can take to reduce the use of clean, drinkable water.
Landscaping should be done with plants that are well adapted to the local climate. Choosing indigenous plants over exotic varieties can help reduce the need for irrigation, as well as environmentally harmful pesticides and fertilizers. Invasive non-native plants can harm the local ecology.
Choosing a micro-irrigation system also known as drip irrigation or trickle irrigation, instead of traditional sprinklers, to deliver water to grounds works more efficiently. During watering, micro-irrigation delivers 85 to 90 percent of the moisture supply to plants, compared with just 40 to 50 percent delivery for typical broadcast sprinklers.
Planting low-water ground covers or drought-tolerant grass and using absorbent soil mixtures to promote stormwater infiltration will reduce additional costs related to managing stormwater.
The Landscaping expert at iDream said that “watering plants and grass with rainwater from an on-site cistern will dramatically limit the use of potable water, an increasingly precious and expensive resource in most parts of the country”.
iDream Advisory Services Pvt Ltd is an architectural and interior designing firm with a strong commitment to building sustainable built environments. The firm has delivered green development solutions to organisations across all corners of India.