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One Million homes to go the Greener way in the next 4 years Many Policy initiatives underway for greening
Secretary, Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation, GoI

Speaking at the Conference on Green Homes, Existing Buildings & Green Interiors organised as part of CII-IGBC Green Building Congress 2013, Mr Arun Kumar Misra IAS, Secretary, Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India, informed that in the coming 4 years, one Million houses across the country to be constructed by the Government would be coming up in different blocks & municipalities. All these would go the Greener way by design at the construction stage itself underlined Mr Misra. The finances for greening will be part of the project cost, added Mr Misra.

Mr Misra also proposed entering into a MoU with Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) to further build the capacities of the Ministry staff by ways of organising training and outreach programmes.

Further, Mr Misra also called on the need to promote green building materials & technologies and alternative technologies. The Ministry through the Building Materials & Technology Promotion Council (BMTPC) would also explore the possibility of inking a MoU with IGBC, he added.

The new upcoming Housing Policy would also consider providing non-financial incentives to the construction sector. This would go a long way in promoting green buildings and sustainable development, added Mr Misra.

Mr Misra released the ??IGBC Green Homes Detailed Reference Guide'.

Dr Prem C Jain, Chairman IGBC, informed that the detailed reference guide was developed with the involvement of various architects, designers, builders and even those living in green homes.

Mr C Shekar Reddy, National President, CREDAI and Chairman, IGBC, Hyderabad Chapter addressed the gathering about the policy initiatives and success stories taking Hyderabad as an example. He pressed on the need of carrying out knowledge initiatives in rural areas.

Mr C N Raghavendran, Chairman, IGBC -Chennai Chapter, underlined how green homes can play a catalytic role in addressing ecological issues and concerns.

Mr Ajit Kumar Chordia, Vice Chairman, IGBC- Chennai Chapter said the Conference on Green Homes aims to focus on resource efficiency and environmental sustainability in building homes for Indians."

26 October 2013

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