In this information age, there are three kinds of building owners – those who think they know all, those who feel they have the right to know all and those who search Google hoping to know all. Behind all these, there is an attitude of not trusting the construction team, hence an attempt to learn about the process fresh and exercise it during the construction. Naturally it is getting difficult to convince people even if we are considering the routine conventional methods, while convincing and executing the alternate ideas is a real challenge.
The only road map is to build mutual trust and confidence within the team to stay on despite ups and downs. Up front, one should explore all the options, to avoid the feeling “that could have been done” at the end of the project. All major issues need to be resolved in advance by the owners, designers and builders to avoid ad-hoc decisions later, though minor changes can still be effected; the team should enjoy a synergy towards on site coordination; and above all everyone should be bound by an ethical passion. If we fail in this synchronization, sometimes during the construction, the blame game starts to ruin the building.
Challenge is to address the problem
Every building project faces defects, delays, hurdles, crisis and many other shortcomings. These are not special to green ideas, but if something goes wrong with the green alternate, people start blaming it all on the alternate thought itself, as if the main stream conventional buildings are all perfect. Any structure may crack and any house may leak, so the challenge is to address the problem rather than to victimize any one system.
Clarity of mind, focus on the expectations and being decisive are among the basic necessities for the smooth flow of a project. Financial transparency and honesty is virtually the foundation for any team spirit in construction industry. More than half the fall outs during the project happen over money matters, though lack of quality or undue delays can also cause the rifts between the team members.
Given the above contexts, information from the internet can not be allowed to rule a project. There are critical differences between learning the skill by repeatedly doing it at site and downloading pictures to get them done at site. Most of the eco-friendly green ideas have evolved by questioning and exploring; trail and error; and of course, by experimenting. The logic of these solutions may not be found in the internet and what is found there may not be applicable to a specific project.
Today, increased numbers of owners have greater creative urges than ever in the past, for the idea of a building is no more casual construction. There are numerous new ideas, which need newer methods to ensure their implementation, including a new kind of team spirit. No wonder, India is going though a turning point in green designs and eco-friendly architecture.