Green Buildings

CII conference on Green Buildings calls for more activity

At the CII sponsored conference on ‘Green Buildings‘, experts called for a green building movement in India particularly for the eastern region. “ According to the Indian Green Building Council, “A green building is one which uses less water, optimises energy efficiency, conserves natural resources, generates less waste and provides healthier spaces for occupants, as compared to a conventional building.” The Government must lead by example by transforming Government Buildings into ‘Green’. They must set an example. If we are40

Green Buildings

Energy Efficient Building collaboration between India and Switzerland

According to reports, India and Switzerland are going to co-operate in the domain of energy efficient buildings in the country. The Swiss will share their expertise in the designing of such green buildings. A five year MOU has been signed by the two countries. “After extensive consultations and pilot projects, our two governments have signed a five-year MoU to facilitate the adoption of Swiss expertise to the Indian context,” Swiss Ambassador Linus Von Castelmur said today.1 The project will be40

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Green Factory Building Code coming soon for Andhra Pradesh

The state government is finalising the new green factory building code. When incorporated, it will ensure compulsory energy conserving measures and best practices for conserving precious water resources as well. The government will ensure that the new measures do not increase the financial burden too much on the industries. In India, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has established the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC). According to the Indian Green Building Council, “A green building is one which uses less water, optimises40

Categories of IGBC’s Green Existing Buildings O&M rating system

IGBC Green Existing Buildings (O & M) Rating System

Since independence, India has experienced enormous growth in the construction industry. Since the last two decades, this growth has multiplied several times. Growing construction activity means a growing requirement of land, energy and materials. Construction of buildings requires various raw materials which leaves an additional burden on limited natural resources of earth. In addition, constructed buildings also have energy and other resource requirements in its lifetime. To enable the construction industry to be environmentally friendly, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)40

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Delhi Desires More Green Buildings

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit complimented CPWD for its contribution in changing the infrastructure in Delhi and stated that green buildings are the answer to the fast-increasing power consumption, Ms. Dikshit asked the CPWD to bring out a manual to make houses environment friendly. She said green buildings are going to be an appropriate solution to the depleting natural resources such as power and underground water levels. She also said that while techniques such as water harvesting, waste-to-energy and recycling40

Three primary rating systems for Green buildings in India

For the past few years, the word ‘Green Buildings’ is continuously hogging limelight in the media. Some of us might have seen the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) – Green Business Centre building in Hyderabad which is one of the green buildings in India.  Now the question comes up – what exactly are these structures? How are different from other buildings? And why are they green? We can define Green Buildings as structures that ensure efficient use of natural resources40

Green School

A few schools in India are pioneering new ways of learning. As adolescent is an age of opportunity and when the mind is most impressionable, it is best that good ideas be introduced at a young age. One such school is Aman Setu School in Pune that has tried to introduce environmentally friendly practices for its students. The building itself is made from locally available recycled materials and toxic paints have been avoided.  Aman Setu, which literally means the ‘bridge40

GREEN BUILDINGS

Green buildings refer to environmentally sustainable buildings, buildings which do not utilise traditional resources that contribute to or increase pollution and the construction and subsequent operation minimises waste generation while maximising on sustainable practices. The energy requirement of a building that we live or work in is around 40% (developed country) of the total energy consumption. The construction of a building is itself energy intensive. So green building is a concept that aims at minimising wasteful activities and promotes environmentally40