India : Green building certification to get tighter

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NOIDA: In order to boost green building movement in Noida, Greater Noida and the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) areas, the process of green building certification by GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment) will soon be strengthened.

Even though the three development authorities provide incentives to all those constructing green buildings, the process and mechanism to avail the GRIHA-linked Floor Area Ratio (FAR) being offered is yet to be implemented effectively.

In an attempt to streamline the GRIHA rating system, adopted and endorsed by the ministry of new and renewable energy to assess environmental performance of buildings, a one-day awareness programme —Sustainable Habitats the GRIHA way — was held in Noida on Saturday. Members of the Architects Association Noida Zone (AANZ) and Credai also participated in the event, held at the Indira Gandhi Kala Kendra, Noida.

Key stakeholders deliberated upon the processes and mechanism to avail the incentive being offered by Noida, Greater Noida and YEIDA towards design and construction of environment-friendly buildings in the region. To encourage the concept, the authorities had earlier announced an additional 5% FAR of the allowed FAR for free, to developers.

Speaking on the occasion, Mili Majumdar, secretary-cum-treasurer of the GRIHA Council, said, “We hope to work closely with the Noida and Greater Noida authorities, and YEIDA to ensure a robust, transparent and on-site compliance of the GRIHA requirements.

We also look forward to a stronger collaboration with Credai and AANZ to ensure greater awareness, capacity building and on-site compliance with the green norms.” Rama Raman, chairperson of the three authorities, said, “We should erect green buildings not just for the incentive but for the cause behind it.

It is time we thought about using our resources intelligently”. He said, “The entire concept of green buildings is a crucial step in the development of smart cities across the nation. Not only do these units promote sustainable development but also enhance the standard of living of residents and users,” Raman said.

He stressed that the architect was the key stakeholder and responsible for bringing about this change in the construction industry.

The entire concept of green buildings is a crucial step in the development of smart cities across the nation

Source: Times of India

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