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LEED 2011 Green Building Rating Launched CII Meet focuses on Energy-Efficient Buildings
The upgraded (Leadership in Energy and Environemental Design) 2011-'LEED 2011 for India' Rating System for Green Buildings was launched by Union Minister of New and Renewable Energy, Dr. Farooq Abdullah at the Green Building Congress 2011 at Pragati Maidan here today. The new rating comes into effect immediately, and marks a milestone in the green building movement in the country seeking to ensure energy efficiency and sustainable buildings.

Inaugurating the event, organised by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Dr Abdullah urged the delegates from all over India and abroad to work together and develop new technologies and materials at lower prices so that green homes become accessible for the common man. "The MNRE will be glad to cooperate with CII in further accelerating the green building movement in India," he added.

Noting that there is international acceptance of the work being done in India, Dr Prem C Jain, Chairman, IGBC, stressed that much more needed to be done. "Projected build for the year 2030 is 100 Billion sq.ft, up from 20 Billion sq. ft in 2005. We must do it the green way right from start."

In his address, Mr George Sandy Diehl, Chairman, American Architectural Foundation, said that new solutions were coming out every day but energy consumption in buildings could be reduced by 50% by simply using known technologies.

Mr Jamshyd N Godrej, Past President, CII and Chairman, CII-Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre, said the green building movement needs to be seen in the context of the overall response to climate change and the challenges in energy security. Advocating the need for the co-existence of different Rating Systems, he said "the aim should be to enhance building efficiency and make every building a Green Building".

Earlier, welcoming the delegates, Mr Chandrajit Banerjee, Director-General, CII, asserted that the Green Building movement was a very important mission for CII.

Winners of the Green I -Contest for school children, in which 2000 schools took part, and the Architectural Design Competition for Students, with over 300 design entries for a sustainable school, drew wide applause as the awards were given away by Dr Abdullah.

New Delhi
20th October 2011

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