Promoting the concept of Green building in India, the Goa Government has announced that from next year all the construction projects, including private-owned except residential houses, will go green. Vijai Sardesai, Minister of state for town and country planning has made this announcement in a recently held meeting in the state.
Speaking at the meeting, he said that from January 1, 2019, all the public buildings will be green buildings. “The town and country planning department is in talks with the Indian Green Buildings Council (IGBC) and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) to have a green building code for Goa. The under-construction Mopa airport will also be a green building,” Sardesai said.
He also informed that although green buildings provide long-term benefits, they entail increase in cost by 17%. But, due to change in environment, the Government wants to promote green buildings only.
“All government projects will be made green buildings and the GSIDC will get carbon credits for going green,” Minister added.
Importance of a Green Building
With increasing level of pollution, focus on greener future in growing day by day. A green building is one which uses less water, optimizes energy efficiency, conserves natural resources, generates less waste and provides healthier spaces for occupants, as compared to a conventional building. Such buildings also aim to reduce the environmental impact of a building.
A recent report also highlighted the importance of such buildings on wellness at the workplace and enhancement of the health and well-being of employees.
In India, Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) is the major authority which looks after developing new green building rating programmes, certification services, and green building training programmes. The IGBC rates a project as silver, gold or platinum as per the pre-defined threshold criteria developed by it for green buildings.
Some of the best green buildings in India are IGP Office at Gulbarga, Suzlon ‘One Earth’ at Pune, ITC Hotel – The Royal Gardenia at Bangalore, Godrej Plant II-IT Park at Mumbai, Infosys Pocharam at Hyderabad and Bearys Global Research Triangle at Bangalore.