The Indian Green Building Council one of the premier Green Building Certifying body was established in 2001 as a part of CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) with a vision “To enable a sustainable built environment for all and facilitate India to be one of the global leaders in the sustainable built environment by 2025” .

Hinduism enshrines five elements i.e Prithvi (Earth), Jal (Water),Agni (Fire), Vayu (Air) and Akash (Sky) known as Pancha Maha Butha’s  as the basis of creation of mankind . These five elements form the foundation of Green Building design.

Element Green Founding Philosophy
Prithvi(Earth) Sustainable sites
Jal (Water) Water efficiency
Agni(Fire) Energy and Atmosphere
Vayu(Air) Indoor air quality
Akash(Sky) Daylight , Night sky pollution


Green homes primarily protect the environment by

  • Reducing the use of natural resources eg. timber
  • Promoting use of renewable energy eg. Solar heating and lighting
  • Use of waste materials eg fly ash based bricks and concrete, treated waste water for gardening
  • Increased planting to trees and greenery to improve air quality
  • Encourage use of non fossil based transport eg:- Electric cars, Bicycle
  • Efficient design which increase natural light inside the house
  • Well designed ventilation which reduces air-conditioning requirements

They also are designed to deliver monetary savings to the users. The baseline savings derived from a Green home are

  • 20% reduction in energy consumption
  • 30% reduction in water consumption

We in Citrus Ventures have launched a premium villa development CASA GREENS in Sarjapura, Bangalore which will be certified as a green home in accordance with IGBC norms.