Doing the ‘green’ thing is the most appropriate way of being a responsible individual today – be it food, clothing or shelter. The whispers calling out for energy efficient, green buildings are growing louder by the day thanks to the rapid pace of environmental degradation raising serious concern across the globe.

Buildings have a huge role to play in addressing environmental concerns because they contribute a great deal to the global greenhouse gas emissions and the same proportion of waste.

The School of Planning and Architecture, Vijayawada (SPAV), offers an option to students who want to join the team of crusaders out to save the environment by designing, planning, and constructing green buildings.

The SPAV is introducing Masters programmes in Architecture and Planning by June this year.

“Both the new courses – M. Arch in Sustainable Architecture, a course related to climate change, energy efficient and green buildings and M.Plan – Environmental Planning and Management, broadly deal with relationship between man and environment, impact of man on environment and vice-versa, extent of the energy and environmental crisis facing the world, need for implementing energy efficiency on an international, national and individual basis in the context of the building industry and environmental issues,” says Ramesh Srikonda, Head of the Department of Architecture in SPAV. Opting for a green building would mean building a structure using process that is environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout its life-cycle, from design, to construction, to operation, maintenance, renovation up to demolition. “It requires close cooperation of the design team, the architects, the engineers and the client at all stages of the project,” he says, informing that the new programmes had been approved by the Board of Governors.