Making sustainability accessible
EcoCollab had a vision to level the playing field and make sustainable housing design accessible to all. They developed a concept for a toolkit that was intended to make sustainable construction more accessible to consumers.
“Our toolkit was aimed at overcoming the initial apprehensions and lack of technical knowledge that a user may feel prevents them from even venturing into the sustainability world,” Ms Garg said.
“Instead of dealing with an army of disparate consultants, we bring the consultants together under one roof as EcoCollab. This makes it easier and less intimidating and helps us get them over the fence to consider sustainable building as an option.”
In 2021, the platform formed the basis of their Pitch to Policy competition entry, which saw them place as finalists for the Pan India Cohort.
‘We pitched a sustainability solutions platform focusing on design-to-delivery of sustainable homes,’ Ms Sett said.
“We wanted the EcoCollab Toolkit to demonstrate that carbon dioxide reduction leads to better ROI and show how to fast-track green policy in India.
“EcoCollab’s research proves that by substituting sustainable materials for usual ones, we could actually prevent 4500kgs of carbon dioxide emissions for every 1000 square feet of built area in the construction phase alone.”
Their research proved convincing to one industrial client, resulting in a project that was able to prevent 9 metric tonnes of emissions with lower construction costs; and establish the merit of the toolkit in practical terms.