Hyderabad: The Government is keen on using green building concepts in its flagship programmes like the Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan, 100 Smart Cities, 500 cities under AMRUT and other programmes. It will also expand the scheme to use green concepts in about 4,500 smaller cities. Wider use of green building concepts will result in better regulation evolving, said Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs.
Speaking at the inauguration of Green Building Congress 2018 at Hitex on Thursday, the annual flagship event on green buildings industry, he said there is a need for taking the green movement to the rural areas and affordable housing as well. Green buildings so far have been predominantly an urban phenomenon. Greater acceptance of these will reduce the costs as well as discourage the use of products that are high on energy use.
In this direction, the Government will look to sign a memorandum of understanding with Indian Green Building Council for implementing the good practices in creating a sustainable environment.
On incentives for developers taking up green projects, the minister said there is no need for special incentives as it is a function of demand and supply. “If green products and buildings are good, their demand will increase, which is a good thing for the developer community. The buyer should know what they are buying,” he said.
India is now among the top five markets in terms of green building footprint but there is a need to have a larger target. “India’s 4,500 cities and towns must all be green for India to grow in a sustainable fashion. The Government, building sector and all stakeholders must work together to provide green solutions,” he said adding that 40 per cent of the population will be in urban areas by 2030.
On regulation of the green buildings industry, he said there is no need for a new regulatory framework and the existing rules are adequate to handle this.
Credai National President Jaxay Shah said that Credai members will be encouraged to promote the usage of IGBC-certified green materials and work on green affordable housing standards. Credai has signed a MoU with IGBC to accelerate green building footprint in India
Puri also launched India’s first green building rating system for net zero energy buildings (NZEB) was launched during the inaugural. This is the first step towards implementing net zero (across water, energy and waste) buildings in India.
The three-day event, which has a theme- `Green buildings and green-built environment for people and the planet, is also showcasing over 100 green building products and technologies related to homes and commercial buildings
The inaugural also had an awards ceremony, in which Prem C Jain, the immediate past chair of IGBC was recognised with ‘Hall of Fame Award’ for his contribution to India’s green building movement. A few green building projects including Hyderabad Metro Rail, Harni police station, ICICI Digital Village, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited, Chennai Metro Rail Corporation Limited, Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Institute of Technology (Andaman and Nicobar) and Savvy Strata in Ahmedabad (affordable housing) have won the awards at the event.