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"Govt. of Maharashtra is committed to promote Green Homes"
Mrs Valsa R Nair Singh, Secretary (Environment), Government of Maharashtra
  • Suggests different subsidies for those that comply to Green House norms,
    including consideration on providing extra FSI
  • Green Homes not just eco-friendly but also profitable in the long run

The Government of Maharashtra is committed and has many plans to encourage Green Homes, by giving both financial and non financial incentives to these projects said Mrs Valsa R Nair Singh, Secretary (Environment), Government of Maharashtra at the Conference on Green Homes, organised by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), part of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

Mrs Valsa R Nair Singh said, we will give top priority in giving environmental clearances to green projects and would be announcing reduction in the consent fees for building that follow green house norms, and in some cases even waive it.

She said "I am looking forward to a day when we will only have green buildings in the State". Towards this direction, we have taken a few steps already, she added.

"Right now I would not want to step into the subject of giving extra FSI for green homes but we are looking into it", she said.

Mr V Suresh, Chairman, Conference on Green Homes & Former CMD, HUDCO & Principal Executive Officer, HIRCO, said, "the market potential for green building materials, equipments and services in India is USD 100bn by 2015.

Mr Suresh said, there is a 2 to 5% additional cost for green buildings, but not only do you recover the costs in just a year because of the various savings incurred by such homes, over the years you actually profit from Green Homes.

He added, the consumer profits, the community benefits so does the nation and nature benefits".

Dr Prem C Jain, Chairman, Indian Green Building Council said, the differential price for green homes is coming down and with greater implementation of green homes across the country it will cost the same as a conventional home.

He added green homes will also help the nation achieve its goals of reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

Architect Sharukh Mistry, Past Chairman, IGBC Bangalore Chapter & Managing Director - Mistry Architects, talked about the triple bottom-line for every business activity which includes: Planet, People and Profit - in that order. "Buildings need to have empathy and consideration for resources.

He added in the next 20 years, we will build more than what we have built in the past 60 years. Where will the resources for this come from? Further we need to ask another fundamental question, how much should an individual and nation consume? Unless we address this, our resources will rapidly get drained" he said.

The two- day conference will focus on energy efficiency & thermal comfort, green materials, landscape & water efficiency and case studies.

8 April, 2011

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