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Saint Gobain Glass India, the glass manufacturer has been recognized along with eight other companies for its initiative in Corporate Social Responsibility by the Tamil Nadu Government.

According to an official press release, the move by the State Government is in line with its announcement last year to institute CSR Awards to recognize the contributions of public and private sector industries towards social development.

The CSR awards for 2008-09 and 2007-08, which include cash prize of Rs 5 lakh and a certificate, were given away by the Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister, Mr. M.K. Stalin.

For 2008-09, the awards were bagged by Chennai Petroleum Corporation Ltd, Steel Authority of India Ltd, Salem, Orchid Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals Ltd and Sri Ramalinga Mills Ltd, Virudhunagar.

For 2007-08, the awardees are Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Ltd, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd, Karaikal, Srinivasan Services Trust (CSR arm of TVS Motor), Saint-Gobain Glass India Ltd and Sakthi Masala (P) Ltd.


ACREX India is the largest biannual International Exhibition and Conference catering to the Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, Ventilation and Building Services’ Industries. Following the success wings of ACREX India 2010 with 300 exhibitors and 20,000 visitors and delegates, ACREX India 2011 is scheduled to be held at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, India from 24th to 26th Feb 2011.

In its 12th edition, ACREX India 2011 will surpass all previous performances and is set to offer a perfect stage for industry get-together with a focus on future trends. ACREX INDIA will provide an ideal platform for exchange of ideas among professionals and an opportunity to showcase latest products, trends & innovations in the industry.


This exhibition is being organized by Indian Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air Conditioning Engineers (ISHRAE), the largest national body of Engineering Professionals connected with the Indian HVAC&R industry and supported by a large number of professional societies from India and abroad.


  • ACREX India 2011 will be the largest ACREX India show held so far, showcased over an area of 30,000 sq.m. at Pragati Maidan, and intends to attract more than 50,000 business visitors.
  • It will host series of technical workshops covering a spectrum of technology, opportunities, challenges and concerns facing the HVAC&R industry.
  • International participation is expected from Germany, Denmark, France, U.K., Italy, Turkey, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, USA, UAE, Japan, China and Malaysia.
  • This event has also attracted a number of sponsors and partners, which include several leading companies from the industry like Carrier, Blue Star, Schneider, DAIKIN, Notifier, Danfoss, Norfolk, SPC Heat Pipes, Tomkins, Armacell, UP Twiga, Easyflex, Cooper Safety, K-FLEX and JCI.

ACREX India 2011 – Workshop

ACREX India 2011 includes workshops in parallel sessions at Hall 7 & Hall 8 of Pragati Maidan. These workshops will be very useful and cover the following topics.

  • Low Carbon Communities: Design & Applications
  • Healthcare facilities design
  • Design Approach to Net Zero Energy Buildings
  • Cold Chain: from farm to display
  • Harnessing Geothermal Energy
  • Smoke Management in tall buildings
  • Data centre design and best practices
  • Emerging HVAC Technologies – Chilled Beam, Underfloor, Displacement, DOAS
  • High Performance Building Design – Basic
  • High Performance Building Design – Advanced

Target Visitors

  • Architects
  • Interior Designers and Consultants
  • Engineering Companies
  • Project Managers
  • Facility Managers
  • Developers of Buildings and Infrastructure
  • End Users from the private and public sector for Residential, Commercial and Industrial buildings
  • Plumbers
  • Electricians
  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers
  • Heating & Ventilation Engineers / Contractors
  • Wholesalers
  • Distributors
  • After Sales and Maintenance Contractors

Exhibitors’ Profiles

  • Building automation
  • Cabling systems
  • Heating and domestic hot water
  • Air-conditioning & air treatment
  • Quality of energy
  • Power supply
  • Lighting management
  • Renewable energies
  • Facilities management operation and maintenance
  • Energy suppliers and distributors
  • Refrigeration
  • Building management systems
  • Measurement-monitoring
  • Voice-Data-Image Networks
  • Safety
  • Security
  • Fire safety & access control
  • Ventilation

The second chapter of Green Buildings Asia, an annual conference on design and construction strategies for Green Buildings of the future, will be held from 22nd to 25th February 2011, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Singapore. This green conference will be organized by IBC Asia (S) Pte Ltd.

This conference will focus on critical issues, global trends and cutting edge solutions associated with Green Buildings and Sustainable Architecture in Asia. It will provide an update on latest government policies and initiatives driving the growing Green Building industry while examining related sustainability products, technologies and practices in green roofing, mobility systems and energy-efficient building systems.

This conference paves the way to meet regional authorities, industry leaders as well as experts who will share their sustainability strategies and award-winning designs that contribute to the betterment of the built environment.

Pre-Conference Workshop [Day-1]

The pre-conference workshop will be conducted on 22nd Feb, 2011, as a day-long event. This workshop will set the focus on strategies for the transformation of existing buildings into Green Buildings within shorter time frames and with less investment when compared to demolition and re-building.

This workshop will equip attendees with the following know-how.

  • The cost benefit of retrofitting existing buildings
  • An in-depth understanding of the retrofit assessment models for different infrastructures
  • Preparing the groundwork for retrofit work
  • A look at green retrofit processes.

Day Two

Rani Virdee will open day two (23rd Feb) of the conference with a session on ‘Enhancing Green Buildings Materials with Carbon Neutral Profiling’, discussing:

  • The role of green building materials in reducing the carbon footprint of a green building
  • The requirements to complete LCA of buildings materials
  • The percentage reductions in overall carbon emissions that can be achieved during construction by using Carbon-neutral Green concrete?

Case studies of several green and sustainable buildings will be discussed in this conference.

Post-Conference Workshop [Day-4]

A post-conference workshop will be conducted on 25th Feb., 2011, highlights of which will be the following.

  • Attendees can become part of the committee setting the practical agenda for the next wave of leadership for 2011
  • There will be scope for collaboration to re-invent businesses and unlock opportunities
  • A chance to establish strategic industry linkages through shared projects and strategies

Attendees of Green Buildings Asia

•    Architects

•    Property Developers

•    Real Estate Companies

•    Urban Planners

•    Building and Property Owners

•    Government Officials and Authorities

•    Construction and Engineering Companies

•    Facilities and Property Management Companies

•    Energy and Green Technology Solution Providers

•    Venture Capitalists

•    Banks and Finance Companies

•    Real Estate and Property Consultants


Build Eco Xpo (BEX) Asia is a massive exhibition on Sustainable Buildings of Southeast Asia. The focus is on energy efficient building materials, design and architecture for a future of sustainable growth, and incorporation of critical elements into the construction industry, to enhance competitive advantage and knowledge of the ‘Build Green’ movement.

The Xpo will also serve as a platform to present and share knowledge and expertise on various green construction materials, and educate potential customers of the benefits of these products.

BEX Asia 2010

BEX Asia 2009 achieved great response with over 200 participating countries and 6400 visitors. Following this, the 3rd edition of BEX – BEX Asia 2010 is going to be held in Singapore from 13th to 15th September, 2010.

Event Highlights

The Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) is going to partner with BEX Asia to organise a trade event with a strategic focus on bringing Green Buildings to the forefront of the industry needs.

SGBC is dedicated towards propelling the Singapore building and construction industry towards environmental sustainability by promoting green building design, practices and technologies, the integration of green building initiatives into mainstream design, construction and operation of buildings as well as building capability and professionalism to support wider adoption of green building development and practices in Singapore.

Product Profile

  • Acoustic Materials & Systems
  • Adhesives
  • Air Conditioner
  • Air Purifier
  • Aluminium
  • Automation
  • Awnings
  • Blinds
  • Building Equipment
  • Building Services
  • Cables
  • Ceilings
  • Cement
  • Chemicals
  • Chillers
  • Clean Fuel
  • CO2 Sensors
  • Coatings
  • Concrete
  • Consultancy
  • Controls
  • Deckings
  • Doors / Gates & Barriers
  • Ducting Systems
  • Engineering Services
  • Escalators
  • External Coatings
  • Fans
  • Fittings
  • Flooring Systems
  • Fuel
  • Furniture
  • Generator
  • Glass
  • Ground Water Protection
  • Hardware
  • HVAC Systems
  • Ironmongery
  • LED
  • Lifts
  • Lighting
  • Motors
  • Paints
  • Pipes
  • Polyurethane
  • Power Systems
  • Properties
  • Pumps
  • Roofing
  • Sanitary wares
  • Sealants
  • Security & Authentication System
  • Software
  • Solar Panels
  • Solar Power Systems
  • Stones
  • System Integrators
  • Tiles
  • Walls / Panels
  • Water Heaters

Exhibitors’ Profiles

  • Agents
  • Architects
  • Consultants
  • Contractors
  • Decorators
  • Developers
  • Distributors
  • Engineers
  • Estate Managers
  • Government Agencies
  • Interior Architects
  • Interior Designers
  • Maintenance Managers
  • Manufacturers
  • Project Managers
  • Property Managers
  • Quantity Surveyors
  • Retailers
  • Statutory Board Officers
  • Traders


Sands Expo & Convention Centre,
Marina Bay Sands,

Go Green

KOCHI: Incorporating energy-efficiency measures in buildings has the potential to save up to 50 per cent energy, since buildings are responsible for 40 per cent of the total greenhouse gas emissions.

For existing buildings, the savings potential through alterations and energy-efficient fittings is between 20 and 25 per cent. Even non air-conditioned buildings can go green, by making optimal use of wind and daylight and by adopting other environment-friendly measures. These were stated at ‘Go Green’ – a seminar-cum-exhibition on green buildings, organised here on Friday by the Rotary Club of Thripunithura and KREEPA, as part of their Akshaya Vikas Project.

Making a presentation, Siva Kishan, chief executive officer of GRIHA – Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (which is the national rating system for green buildings), said the Energy Conservation Building Code regulates the usage of power in new buildings. “Green-rating mechanisms have been able to sensitise the construction industry to the benefits of integrated design and resource efficiency, from both the economic and environmental perspective. A rating system for India must respond to the country’s diversity and help develop sensible solutions relevant to different building projects.”

In her presentation on ‘Green buildings – the potential to earn carbon credits,’ Mayurika Chakraborthy, senior consultant with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India, said that less power consumption for lighting, air-conditioning, etc., would mean lesser usage of electricity from the thermal-power dominated power grid. “This in turn means an equivalent reduction in the amount of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide that are released from fossil fuels. This makes a green building eligible to earn carbon credits.”

Guruprakash Sastry, manager (Green Initiatives) of Infosys, said the IT firm has been aggressively going ahead with its plan to design all its buildings as green buildings, to optimise energy performance and occupant comfort. “Sustainable buildings and saving every percentage of electricity and water make business sense and reduces expenses, especially when the annual electricity bills exceed Rs.120 crore and the water consumption is over 3 billion litres.”

Quoting Winston Churchill, Sathiaram Ram of IGBC, Hyderabad, said, “We shape our buildings. Thereafter, they shape us.” Buildings consume more energy than industry and vehicles. The green concept must become part of society’s DNA. Even a 100-sq ft building can make a difference in shaping a better world. The intangible benefits of green buildings include better working/living atmosphere, he said and cited how a 20,000 sq ft green building saved Rs.9 lakh a year.

“India also has a great opportunity to export green-building technologies. Already, India has 508 green buildings spread over 358 million square ft area,” Mr. Ram said.


BEEThe Energy Conservation & Building Code (ECBC) is currently concentrating on improving the standards of new, large, energy-efficient commercial buildings.

Over the past few months, ECBC National Awareness Workshops have been successfully conducted in Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai and Pune. The 600-strong participants comprised architects, design professionals and students of architecture.

Plans for the second phase of these workshops are now under way; they are scheduled to be held on 9th & 20th October this year at Lucknow and Jaipur respectively.

The ECBC workshops aim to build capacity on principles of energy-efficient building design, increase awareness about ECBC in India and showcase success stories of energy- efficient buildings. Eminent policy makers and thought leaders from the fields of architecture & design, besides government officials are brought in to these workshops to share their thoughts and expertise.

Click here to register for an ECBC workshop in your city:


DATE             : 9th October 2009
VENUE           : Hotel Gemini Continental
10, Rani Laxmi Bai Marg,
Lucknow – 226001
Phones: +91-522-4011111
Fax: +91-522-2200690

TIMINGS      : 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM


DATE             : 20th October 2009
VENUE           : Hotel K. K. Royal
Delhi Road, Amer

Jaipur – India
Phone: 91-141-4055000
Fax: 91-141-4055055

TIMINGS      : 10:00 AM 1:30 PM

Green Roof for healthy cities with the greatest mission of creating awareness about the economic, social and environmental benefits of the green roofs and green walls running successfully without looking for the profit. To emphasis the necessity of the green buildings constructed with help of renewable resources like glass and to increase the quality of the green buildings and the green building professionals, Green roofs for Healthy cities has created a new green building accreditation process.

The goal behind this process is to emerge many green roof professionals with high quality and to construct lots and lots of sustainable buildings. Thus this accreditation process includes Green Roof Professional (GRP) accreditation program, which in turns consists of several courses and training in different cities across the United States. After completion of these courses, the professionals must pass an exam for receiving the GRP accreditation.

The spark for this cheering program rose in the first conference of the Green Roofs for Healthy cities, held at Chicago in 2003. After that a team with dedicated members was organized. This team mainly focused on creating the accreditation program. As a part of the accreditation program, the team defined the objectives of the accreditation program, created the occupational standards and developed the Green Roof Professional exam.

Courses offered

Currently GRP accreditation process offers some courses which include Design 101 Introduction Course, Design and Installation 201, Waterproofing and Drainage 301, Plants and Growing Media 401, and a green walls 101 course.

Objectives of Accreditation:

Accreditation helps the professionals to differentiate themselves in the market. It brings a high-level of professionalism and thus increasing the customer confidence in the green roof technology. Accreditation helps the industries from the inevitable failures that results because of the inappropriate design, installation and maintenance practices.

GRP accreditation verifies whether an individual has attended the level of interdisciplinary knowledge of best practices associated with the successful design, installation and maintenance of green roof systems. In July 2009, after the successful completion of their courses, the very first group of 127 professionals proudly received their GRP accreditation.

Meg Needle

megAmong this first group of 127 individuals, Meg Needle, an associate from Lord, Aeck & Sargent earned the designation as an accredited Green Roof Professional from the Green Roof for Healthy cities (GRHC) on 23rd July 2009. Needle is a LEED accredited professional and also a member of the American Institute of Architects, who has successfully completed a GRP multi-disciplinary exam surrounding five areas of concentration including pre-design, design, contract management, quality assurance and support and maintenance.

Meg Needle is an Atlanta-based architect and she has worked on numerous green roof projects. Among those projects green roof system at the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage center, the southface Eco office, the Blue Ridge Parkway Destination center and the tree house at Camp Twin Lakes carries significant importance. At present she is working with a green roof project, Georgia Gwinette college study center.

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