05 December 2019

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Jai Ho Green India!

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Twenty first century buildings are a marvel in terms of architecture and technology, but they have also led to an adverse impact on our environment.  Urban India is likely to face a massive waste disposal problem in the following years. Its high time to have an awareness about the advances in green building technologies which is the need of the immediate present.

Green buildings are eco-friendly and can contribute towards a cleaner environment by reducing the amount of energy consumed and reduced harmful emissions. Going Green has become a financial investment issue now-a-days. The developers are looking into it for a corporate image, energised workforce as well as competitive advantage.

With the revolution set forth by Biodiversity Conservation India Limited  (BCIL),Bangalore, in Green Houses, India is even planning and working for townships which are self sustainable and environment friendly. Supported by Clinton Climate Initiative ( CCI ), two cities in India - Godrej Garden City, Ahmedabad, and Mahindra World City (MWC), Jaipur, enjoy ‘the green tag’

Benefits of Green Homes

A Green Home can have tremendous benefits, both tangible and intangible. The immediate and most tangible benefit is in the cut in the use of water upto 20-30% and operational energy savings upto 20-30% .Usually, the cost of constructing green buildings is 15-20% higher but they save more.

The intangible benefits associated with it are enhanced air quality, health & wellbeing of the occupants, conservation of scarce national resources and an enhanced marketability for the project.

Eco-friendly technologies are available in India and there is a huge, untapped market for the same, solar energy being the prime example. The solar energy we receive is thousand times higher than the predicted electricity demand in India by 2015.

However, the actual usage of solar energy in the country today makes up for only 0.5% of total energy consumed. The reason- Mammoth cost of deployment!.

Indian Green Building Council

Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) is a part of CII-Godrej Green Business Centre, which is actively involved in promoting the Green Building movement in India. The vision of the council is to serve as a single point solution provider and be a key engine to facilitate the Green Building activities in India. They have a great network and line of activities to usher a green building movement in India to emerge as one of the world leaders in green buildings by 2010”.

CII-Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre, a joint venture of the Government of Andhra Pradesh, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and House of Godrej with the technical support of USAID is the centre of excellence of the confederation of Indian industry for energy efficiency, green buildings, recycling and climate change activities in India. It is India’s premier business association with a direct membership of over 6300 organisations from both public and private sectors and an indirect membership of over 90,000 companies from around 336 national and regional sectoral associations.

IGBC Green Homes Rating System

IGBC Green Homes is the first rating programme developed in India, exclusively for the residential sector. It provides a set of performance standards for certifying the design and construction of residential buildings. The specific credits in the rating system provide guidelines for the design and construction of residential buildings of all sizes and types.

With the advancement of green building movement, many companies have shown keen interest in having a holistic green design and construction framework. IGBC, in its endeavor to extend green building concepts for all building types has developed a IGBC Green factory rating system also. IGBC Green Factories rating system is the first of its kind in the country addressing sustainability in industrial buildings.

LEED India

The US Green Building Council has developed an internationally recognized certification system- Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design ( LEED ).

LEED-INDIA Green Building Rating System is an internationally accepted benchmark for construction and operation of green buildings. LEED-INDIA provides building owners, architects, consultants, developers, facility managers and project managers the tools they need to design green buildings.

Rather than prescribing specific technologies & materials LEED India sets the performance benchmarks and encourages the project team to achieve them with optimal resource inputs.

IGBC`s mission is to reach out the green building concepts and products to every nook and corner of the country. IGBC`s network with all levels of the Indian industry helped to spread the movement through local chapters. With 9 local chapters, today IGBC is represented in all regions of India. So far 530 organisations have committed to the green building movement through the IGBC membership programme.

Green Building Congress 2009

A Green Building Congress 2009 which will be conducted by IGBC in September 2009 will expose its participants to the latest trends in Green Buildings, train building professionals  and showcases Green Building concepts, products and technologies. It will also provide opportunities for networking and information sharing.

The IGBC has also adopted a strategy to address the increased costs in the construction of green buildings such as facilitating the  development of low cost Green Building materials and equipment,  incentivisation like tax benefits through Governments and involvement of Banks & Financial Institutions.

The green building market in India is still only a trickle of the burgeoning Indian construction industry which is highly competitive. With strong leadership and a clear vision  green buildings in India could soon become a benchmark for all the new and existing buildings in the years to come.



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