India : mandatory to construct green buildings

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Goa chapter of the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) stated that the government should introduce green practices for builders to encourage green development through incentives. By making it mandatory, they can preserve and protect the environment, as well as improve the quality of life for the citizens.

According to IGBC Goa Chapter co-chair and Director of Kamat Infra Tech, Bharat Kamat, the government should supposedly introduce green building practices across the state of Goa, allowing a system to push builders into going green.

Amar Britto, Chairman of IGBC Goa Chapter and Director of Acron Group, also added that the government should incentivize green buildings and stop issuing individual environmental clearances. Instead, the government should mandate that all building projects follow stipulated green norms.

Although development in environmentally fragile zones are prohibited by IGBC, Kamat urged home seekers to make smart choices while purchasing a home. “Building a green house will force occupants to change their energy requirements”, he said.

At present, there is over 3 billion sq ft in excess for registered green footprints. Over the next 15-20 years, it is expected that there will be 10 billion square feet of green projects registered in India.

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