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Make 'Green' a way of life: TN Governor
The concept of 'Green' should reach every nook & corner of the country and every construction should be designed Green, said Dr. K. Rosaiah, His Excellency The Governor of Tamil Nadu on Thursday.

'Green should become a way of life', he underlined at Green Building Congress 2013, International Conference & Exhibition on Green Buildings, organised by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) of CII.

'The next 10 years will be the decade of integrated sustainable built structures with the upspring of large integrated townships, satellite cities, gated communities, and campuses with multiple buildings, Dr Rosaiah said.

Reducing environmental impact and adopting- environment friendly construction practices are the need of the hour to address the climatic changes, he said.

Mr Jamshyd N. Godrej, Chairman, CII - Godrej GBC, said the most important aspect of the Green building movement in India is that it is a part of larger aspects of sustainability. He added that the solution ahead is not a choice between sustainability or development, rather sustainability and development.

Dr Prem C Jain, Chairman, IGBC informed that IGBC has inked an MoU with the National Housing Bank for special concessions for homes going green. He said that already there were over 600 Million sq ft of Green homes and the footprint will multiply manifold, he added.

Dr Jain informed that, today India has over 2,235 IGBC registered green building projects with a total area of 1.65 Billion sq.ft, making India one of the top three countries with high footprint.

Mr B Santhanam, Chairman, CII Southern Region, said the climate change has impacted all countries. The Indian industry is committed to mitigate the environmental impacts, he added. The rise in the number of Green buildings, developments in renewable energy programmes and increase in the manufacturing capacity of green building materials were part of these initiatives, he said.

Mr N K Ranganath, Chairman, Green Building Congress 2013 Conference Committee, said that it was a huge challenge to manage our resources and the environmental degradation would be irreversible if we did not act now.

The Governor also inaugurated a three-day international exhibition where over 100 Green building products and technologies are being displayed. The Governor presented award to the winner of 'Green-I Contest' 2013- Lavish Bansal and Sanan Goyal from The Millennium School, Mohali and award to the winner of IGBC Green Design Competition 2013- Minakshi Mohanta and Amit Joseph Kurien from School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi.

24 October 2013

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