India: new green building rating to be introduced

The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation will introduce a new green building rating system wherein a building constructed on plot area below 2,500 sq.m. can obtain the rating.

The standing committee has approved a resolution to start the system. The resolution stated that the civic body had started the system of green rating for integrated habitat assessment (GRIHA) in the municipal limits to promote construction of green buildings on plots which have an area of more than 2,500 sqm.

The buildings get one to five stars as per the points earned. The buildings get concession in premium charges which is 10 times the number of stars obtained in rating system. The three, four and five star rating buildings get five, eight and ten percent concession in general tax, a component of the property tax.

The ministry of new and renewable energy and The Energy and Resource Institute have developed a new green building rating system for constructions on plot having area of less than 2,500 sqm called ‘SVA GRIHA’. It was launched on March 1, 2012.

The buildings get one to five stars as per the points earned. The buildings get concession in premium charges which is 10 times the number of stars obtained in rating system. One, two, three, four and five star rating buildings get five, eight, 10, 12 and 15 percent concession in general tax.

The resolution will be sent to the civic general body for final approval.

A civic official said that the green building rating system has been started in the city to promote the builders to construct environment friendly buildings. The builders have to apply to GRIHA- national level rating agency for getting the rating right from the design stage of the project. They need to inform the civic body too. Later the builder who has received the green building rating system approaches the civic body to get the concession depending on the rating he has received.

The builders or individuals who want to obtain the SVA GRIHA rating must follow the same process.

Source: Times of India

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