India : First green standard for Interior


Covering over 3 billion square feet area, India is growing at a rapid pace and contributing immensely towards green buildings. Although the concept of green building is comparatively new in India, the movement is catching up fast. While the concept of green was initially adopted in commercial buildings, it is now extending to varied types of buildings and is now specified to interior parts of the buildings.

90% of people take their time indoors, where air pollution levels are 2 to 5 times higher than those found outdoors. The largest source of this pollution is VOC emissions from building materials and furnishing. If people are able to take certain steps during design to ensure healthy indoor air in the space they create, it will lead to a better impact on their health.

Sustainable interior design results in 30-40% energy cost reduction, 20-30% water requirement reduction, enhanced indoor air quality, Non-toxic material usage, better acoustic and ergonomics, occupant health, and well being improvement.

India is taking big steps regarding sustainability. Under the core committee led by Ar. B R Ajit and Ar. Nitin Saolapurkar, IGBC announced the India’s First Rating system for Green Interiors which is now available for registrations. As explained by the Indian context and the National priorities, the committee came up with the rating to establish standards in designing eco-friendly and sustainable interior development.

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