The Indian Green Building Council has introduced a rating system for buildings in India, which will help owners and builders in implementing green building strategies.

In a bid to address the sustainability aspects for buildings the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), has introduced the first-of-its-kind rating system for existing buildings.

The new mechanism will aid building owners and facility managers in implementation of green building strategies, measure their impacts and sustain the performance in the long run, say experts.

The rating programme was launched during the Conference on Green Cities & Townships held recently in Mumbai and supported by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and CREDAI .

Green buildings can have tremendous benefits such as operational savings in energy and water consumption ranging between 15 to 30 per cent, enhanced air quality, health and higher satisfaction levels of occupants.

The rating has begun to receive good response from the stakeholders right on the first day. Projects amounting to 3.6 million sq.ft have already expressed their interest in participating in the pilot rating programme The first component of this tool related to energy and water has been developed for office buildings following an extensive survey of 350 buildings across India . Gradually, the toll would be used to cover residential l buildings also , said V. Suresh, former chairman of Hudco and chairman conference on Green cities and Townships.

The data from these buildings was statistically analysed and a benchmarking methodology and tool was developed by CREDAI , CII and international consulting team according to leading international best practice. When contacted , president , CREDAI, C. Shekar Reddy said , “CREDAI is committed to the green building initiatives. Many of the CREDAI members are closely working with IGBC in constructing Green buildings. With increasing urbanisation, the requirement for affordable housing has become the need of the hour. MoEF should also grant single window NOCs to reduce the project cost for the builders.”

It may be noted that India has added a population of about 20 crore within a decade meaning two crore per annum. The population in 2001 was 101 crore which increased to 121 crore by 2011. The urban population has increased significantly. There were 5,000 cities in 2001 and the numbers have grown to 7,300 cities by 2011. India needs integrated, self-sustainable large townships. As on date, more than 30 pilot townships across India are going green with IGBC’s Green Township Rating programme.

“Green buildings make business sense and can be a profitable business. Creating the energy and water resources within the buildings and improve the profitability for the sellers and buyers of the homes alike. It is time not to compromise with the ecological balance for economic growth and development”, Reddy said adding that, ” The developments had to be inclusive so that all strata of society can be benefitted.”

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