India : Twelve student chapters launched to boost green building movement

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Twelve new student chapters in various colleges, including engineering colleges in Mysuru, have been launched by Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) aiming to boost the green building movement in India.

According to Prem. C. Jain, National Chairman of IGBC, green buildings save about 50% energy and up to 30% of water usage. He also emphasized the need to create more green buildings that will improve human health benefits and addressed issues such as climate change, all of which were spoken by him during the student chapters launching at Mahalakshmi Kalyana Mantap.

The purpose of setting up the student chapters, as noted by Jain, was to create awareness on green buildings to university students by instilling much knowledge on the industry and creating a platform for students to engage with relevant stakeholders.

Aiming to reduce carbon footprint and save energy, the council has set itself a target of creating 10 billion sqft of certified green space by 2022. Environmental friendly designs using green materials will also be included to promote construction of green buildings.

Sunlight, fresh air, better insulation and less exposure to the outdoors are needed to make green homes, according to Jain. In addition, the need to recycle waste generated from industries and households should be turned into energy.

S. Prakash, president of Credai, Mysuru, added that the construction of housing and other buildings should use at least 75 per cent of recycled or reused material and should be focused on natural lighting designs.

Since natural resources are being overused constantly, the students will be taught to preserve the earth’s resource for future generation in efforts to promote the green building movement, said BP Sivakumar, assistant professor of environmental engineering department of Sri Jayachamarejendra College of Engineering.

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