India: KMC to build green building as admin HQ


The proposed building of the Kolhapur Municipal Corporation (KMC) at Nirman Chowk in the Sambhajinagar area of the city will be one of the first green buildings in the city.

The civic administration has prepared the design of the administrative building, which will cost around Rs 50 crore. It will come up on a five-acre plot at Nirman Chowk. The design has been prepared to seek the certification of ‘Green Building’ from certified organisations of the central government. The new building will help conserve energy and employ renewable energy and water conservation measures. The design aims to reduce waste generation and waste water processing.

“The design has been prepared following the norms required for Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA). At least 50% of the premises will have a green cover. Energy consumption will be reduced significantly through air ventilators and use of solar power. A provision to recycle waste water has been taken into account as well,” said Netradip Sarnobat, city engineer, KMC.

The first proposal to build a new administrative building came up in 2004, following which a national-level competition was organised to finalise the design. The plan was derailed after the KMC found that the proposed site near Uma Talkies was inadequate for the increasing staff and workload of the civic administration. Narrow approach roads made it difficult for the KMC to finalise the design. Three years back, the KMC identified the plot at Nirman Chowk for the new building and asked architects to come up with the new design.

“On the five-acre plot, the construction of the administrative offices will be over 17,300 square feet. There will be a separate building for civic officials and elected representatives. The general body meeting hall has been designed to accommodate 150 corporators, along with a gallery for visitors and the media. Parking lots to accommodate around 300 vehicles, a police station inside the premises, the disaster management cell and a recreation hall will also be developed,” said Sarnobat.

Dnyanesh Chirmule, a city-based architect who has worked on the design, said, “The design ensures maximum utilisation of natural light and provides maximum ventilation. A spacious citizens’ plaza has been incorporated in the design to help spread awareness on environment sustainability and citizens’ contribution to green buildings.”

To raise funds for the building construction, the civic administration will lease out the building of the Tararani Ward office located at Kawala Naka to the contractor. Tenders for commercial development of the ward office building and construction of the new KMC building will be floated in two months.

Concept of Green Building

Green buildings arise from a design philosophy that focuses on increasing the efficiency of resource usage, like energy, water and materials, while minimising the impact of the building on human health and the environment during the building’s life cycle, through better administration of the site, design, construction material, operation efficiency, maintenance and disposable alternatives.


* TERI had developed GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment), which was adopted as the national rating system for green buildings by the Government of India

*GRIHA is a rating tool that helps assess the performance of buildings against nationally acceptable benchmarks

*It evaluates the environmental performance of a building holistically over its entire life cycle, thereby providing a definitive standard for what constitutes a ‘green building’

* Ministries and agencies at the Centre have designed frameworks such as the Environmental Clearance to ensure efficiency in resource use for large projects (i.e. more than 20,000 sq. m built up area), the Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) applicable to air-conditioned commercial buildings with connected load more than 100 kW and the Solar Buildings Programme for Energy Efficient Buildings, for implementation by designated state agencies and municipal bodies (Source: Ministry of Renewable Energy, GOI)


Source: The Times of India


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