India: IGBC Released Its First Rating System for Green Buildings

333pMUMBAI: Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), part of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has launched the first-of-its-kind Rating System to address sustainability aspects in existing buildings. The rating programme was launched during the Conference on Green Cities & Townships held in Mumbai on Thursday. This rating tool facilitates building owners & facility managers in implementation of green building strategies, measure their impacts and sustain the performance in the long run.

Green Existing buildings can have tremendous benefits such as operational savings in energy and water consumption to a tune of 15-30%, enhanced air quality and health & higher satisfaction levels of occupants.

The rating has begun to receive good response from the stakeholders right on the first day. Projects amounting to 3.6 million sqft have already expressed their interest to participate in the pilot rating programme.

A booklet on ‘Townships of India Going Green’ and World Green Building Council’s report on ‘The Business Case for Green Building’ was also released.

India has added a population of about 20 crore within a decade i.e., 2 crore per annum. The population in 2001 was 101 crore which increased to 121 crore by 2011. The urban population has increased significantly. There were 5,000 cities in 2001 and the number grew to 7,300 cities by 2011. India needs integrated, self-sustainable large townships. As on date, more than 30 pilot townships across India are going green with Green Township Rating programme.

 

Source: Times of India

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