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Green Homes are the need of the hour: Prof. Saugata Roy, Minister of State of Urban Development

While inaugurating CII's "National Conference on Green Homes", Prof Saugata Roy, Minister of State for Urban Development, Government of India, emphasised the importance of environment conservation. Sustainable development through Green Homes is a commendable step in this direction, he added.

India, the Minister said, "is a Pioneer in the international movement in conservation of the environment and has a long historic tradition of environmental conservation.

He mentioned that the National Housing & Habitat Policy of India 2007 emphasized the development of alternate and novel construction materials. Using local raw materials helps towards a better and renewable environment.

The Minister emphasised that Green Homes are the need of the hour as it results in energy efficiency of 40%, water savings of 30% and ensure optimal utilization of the day lighting. The Minister also appreciated IGBC's (Indian Green Building Council) initiatives to promote green building concepts in India.

Dr Prem Jain, Chairman, Indian Green Building Council, said that the 21st Century green building movement started with CII - Godrej Green Business Centre, India's first Platinum rated green building, with a foot print of 20,000 sq. ft. At present, India has over 680 green buildings with a footprint of over 450 million sq ft and ranks amongst the top countries in green buildings. IGBC rating systems encourage usage of traditional, simple & holistic green principles to maximise the day lighting & enhance ventilation.

In his concluding remarks, Mr S. Raghupathy, Senior Director & Head CII-Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre, mentioned that a variety of government buildings are certified & registered with IGBC, which include Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly building, Hyderabad Urban Development Authority (HUDA) building, Police Bhavan, Gulbarga, MEA, Delhi, MoEF and Delhi Airport, to name a few. He added that there are about 1,20,000 green homes coming up in India.

The two-day conference is being attended by over 350 participants, comprising of architects, builders, consultants, students and other stakeholders.

July 30, 2010 - Chennai

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