26 Nov 2016, New Indian Express: ECOLOGIC- Pavitra Sriprakash, the Chief Designer and Director of Shilpa Architects writes about the economic and ecological cost behind construction.
Ecological costs consider how polluting a material is at macro and micro scales. At a macro level, manufacturing processes environmentally impact at source – like mining natural ore, pumping crude, or logging wood. Raw materials require fuel to be moved to factories for production, as products they are transported to retailers and then to the final destination for installation. Transportation at every stage adds to the ecological cost and is an important component when computing the carbon footprint of a material. On a micro level, the material could be off gassing, thus contributing to indoor air pollution.