Our homes, offices, shops are the end users of energy, water and materials that influence the resource footprint of cities. Buildings cannot be treated as a low impact sector any more. While individually they aggravate local pollution and resource impacts,cumulatively they are a heavy draw on key resources in the country. Buildings must be managed well to cut their gregarious resource use and wastes. In India the only holistic regulatory instrument that is available to assess the composite environmental impact of the high impact buildings is the Environment Impact Assessment tool. But is this working? What are the gaffes? What is the way ahead? Find out from the latest report of the Centre for Science and Environment ‘Buildings: Earthscrapers: Environment Impact Assessment of Buildings’.
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