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Existing Buildings can now go Green with IGBC
Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), part of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has launched the first-of-its-kind Rating System to address sustainability aspects in existing buildings.

The rating programme was launched during the Conference on Green Cities & Townships held in Mumbai on Thursday. This rating tool facilitates building owners & facility managers in implementation of green building strategies, measure their impacts and sustain the performance in the long run.

Green Existing buildings can have tremendous benefits such as operational savings in energy & water consumption to a tune of 15-30%, enhanced air quality and health & higher satisfaction levels of occupants.

The rating has begun to receive good response from the stakeholders right on the first day. Projects amounting to 3.6 million sq.ft have already expressed their interest to participate in the pilot rating programme.

Mr C Shekar Reddy, President, CREDAI, during the launch, said, "CREDAI is committed to the Green building initiatives. Many of the CREDAI members are closely working with IGBC in constructing Green buildings. With increasing urbanisation, the requirement for affordable housing has become the need of hour. MoEF should also grant a single window NOCs to reduce the project cost for the builders."

About the demographic situation of India, Mr V Suresh, Chairman, Conference on Green Cities & Townships said, "India has added a population of about 20 crore within

a decade i.e., 2 crore per annum. The population in 2001 was 101 crore which increased to 121 crore by 2011. The urban population has increased significantly. There were 5,000 cities in 2001 and the number grew to 7,300 cities by 2011. India needs integrated, self-sustainable large townships. As on date, more than 30 pilot townships across India are going green with IGBC's Green Township Rating programme."

Mr Gurmit Singh Arora ,Vice Chairman, IGBC-Mumbai Chapter said, "Green buildings make business sense and can be a profitable business. Creating the energy and water resources within the buildings improve the profitability for the sellers and buyers of the homes alike. It is time not to compromise with the ecological balance for economic growth and development."

Ms Anita Arjundas, MD & CEO - Mahindra Life Space Developers Ltd, while releasing the IGBC Existing Building Rating System, said "The developments have to be inclusive so that all strata of society can be benefitted."

Mr R Mukundan, Chairman, CII-Western Region and Managing Director - Tata Chemicals Ltd in his address articulated that the future is for those who are Green. He added that CII is working on the theme of innovation, transformation and inclusiveness.

A booklet on 'Townships of India Going Green' and World Green Building Council's report on 'The Business Case for Green Building' was also released during the conference.

25 April 2013

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