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

 

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In recent times, nearly every corporate office building in the world has been bitten by the Green bug; energy-efficiency and sustainability are architectural buzzwords and no construction can remain untouched by these all-essential features.

This phenomenon has found its way to India as well, and the best example in recent times is the ACC headquarters in Mumbai. The country’s leading cement company received the LEED India New Construction – Gold rating award for the “Cement House” late last year. ACC received this prestigious award at a specially organized ceremony during the Annual Meet of Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) at the Chennai Trade Centre in Chennai.

Cement House is not a newly constructed building. It is a renovated building, enhanced with multiple features for sustainability and eco-friendliness. Cement House was the first project in the country to be registered under the criterion ‘major renovation of an existing building’. Cement House heralds the legitimacy of the belief that only new constructions can be part of the Green Building brigade.

The building has also received a Five Star rating for being the most energy-efficient in the category of energy-efficient office buildings. This rating has been conferred to it by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Ministry of Power, Government of India.

Central Atrium

 

 

 

 

The renovation architects unlocked a central shaft in the core of the building to serve as a ready-made grand atrium around which offices on each floor are laid out. The ample use of glass imparts a sense of space by merging the outside world with the interiors. The absence of partition walls, the wide glass windows and a huge central atrium have together facilitated the penetration of natural daylight, making artificial lights redundant for the most day.

The asbestos sheet roof has been replaced by a polycarbonate sheet and the atrium has been extended to the basement level for more and more daylight to enter. The atrium is enveloped by glass railings on three sides for maximum transparency and landscaped at the basement level to maximise the green area. The central atrium is equipped with a fire-fighting system as a measure of safety.

A central service core is used to house the HVAC and air-handling units (AHUs) on all floors and run other utilities like the chiller pipes, plumbing and drainage lines, and electrical and data cables. The service core now opens out into the sky-lit atrium. The design of the entire office revolves around the concept of this atrium and allocation of spaces around it.

The existing windows (1,320 × 2,080 mm) with wooden frames have been expanded to 1,320 × 3,000 mm sizes and renovated into more sleek aluminium open-able casement windows using double glazed units (DGU).

Green Roof

Three unused terraces in the building have now been transformed into verdant green roof gardens with plush grass, cobble-stone pathways, flowers, thick foliage and even some palm trees. Native plant species have been chosen as a measure to conserve water. The bright glass windows with these adjacent green terraces offer a refreshing view to the building occupants.

Power Conservation

Optical and motion sensors control the lighting in the workspaces, based on occupancy. Similarly, a new air-conditioning system regulates the flow of cool air depending on ambient temperature and occupancy levels in different areas of the building. The use of solar water heaters together with daylight harvesting and intelligent lighting and control systems help reduce overall energy consumption by 25 per cent.

Water Conservation

Project Orchid cuts down overall water consumption of the building by 50 per cent. All sinks are fitted with sensor-based, water-efficient plumbing fixtures. A sewage treatment plant recycles used water which is then channeled for use in the terrace garden, landscaped areas and water closets. Indoor plants are selected for their low water requirements. Rainwater is harvested effectively.

Energy-efficient Materials

Materials selected for use in flooring, ceilings, furniture, wall coverings, carpets, partitions and so on have been chosen for their recycled content or recyclable properties. These are also certified by their respective manufacturers as non-toxic. Similarly, low Volatile Organic Compound (Low VOC) paints, adhesives and sealants have been used to maintain a healthy indoor environment.

Waste Management

Waste will be segregated into dry waste and wet waste; dry waste will be diverted to recycling haulers while wet waste will be further processed to generate organic compost on site.

The open office plan includes modern furniture, well equipped conference halls, meeting rooms and breakout areas on every floor. Each conference room is equipped with the best in telephone conferencing, video-conferencing and overhead projectors. The spacious new canteen with a state-of-the-art kitchen, along with a mini-gym and coffee lounges on every floor further enhance the appeal of the building.

The Mudra Group, one of India’s leading advertising and media agencies, recently unveiled its new office complex, another architectural marvel in glass.

This new Mudra House is located opposite the Grand Hyatt in Mumbai. And as a manner of exemplifying its philosophy of creative collaboration across units, this new office building has been constructed to provide workspaces to over 450 Mudra employees under a single roof. And with a LEED Gold certification form the IGBC, the building has a lot more to be proud of than just dimension.

The 8-storeyed office complex of the Mudra Group sports a combination of glass and red brick tiles on the exterior, giving it unmatched aesthetic appeal. There are two levels of valet parking in the basement, with a capacity of 120 cars. The parking area has been fitted with numerous electrical points as a provision for recharging battery-operated cars.

The Mudra Complex embraces modern architectural design through the generous use of glass on its exteriors, and remains in sync with tradition through artwork displays in the interiors.

The lobby of the building illustrates a description of life in contemporary times, using traditional ‘Warli’ art. This style of art can be seen on each floor of the Complex, in different forms. The Warli art on each floor gives a feel of the ambience within that particular space. Or instance, the workspace is depicted by simple triangle-and-dots figures that vividly capture day-to-day workstation activities. Warli art is also seen on the upholstery, on signage and floor coverings of every floor. The art infuses the ‘Spirit of Community’ throughout the building.

The eighth floor at Mudra House is worth a special mention. This floor that houses Executive Board Members represents exceptional sophistication in its interior design and provides each cabin with a bird’s eye view of Mumbai city. The conference room located on the same floor can accommodate 25 people and has an automatic foldable door that opens up into the adjacent room to create more space when required.

Mudra House is equipped with 1 gigabit IP Telephony, a full blown Unified Communications (UC) system, Video Conferencing (VC) and Audio Visual (AV) facilities, an access control system, a CCTV network and Intelligent Building Management System (IBMS), where the control system is a computerized, intelligent network of electronics, designed to monitor and control the mechanical and lighting systems of the building. In addition, the architecture has incorporated several energy efficient features into the complex.

In addition to the work areas, Mudra House has a recreation area with facilities for table tennis, billiards, and a gymnasium in addition to a cafeteria and a library.

The MIPIM Asia Awards are given to real estate projects in the Asia-Pacific region that stand out for innovation in design and excellence in energy performance, among other criteria. There are eight categories of awards that are given away, and the 2010 awards were given away at Hong Kong, on November 10th.

Honours for Parkview Green

Parkview Green was one of three awardees under the Green Building Category. This is the first time a Chinese project has won this Green Building honour. This exemplifies China’s active participation in building a green future. Parkview Green also has the pre-certified LEED® Platinum for core and shell from the USGBC. On completion, it is all set China’s first LEED® Platinum certified urban mixed-use development.

Parkview Green

Parkview Green FangCaoDi is a building that houses world-class shopping centres, Grade-A office complexes and a boutique hotel. Located in Beijing, China, it was designed by Integrated Design Associates (IDA) and given life by developers Beijing Chyau Fwu Properties Ltd.

Parkview Green assumes a unique pyramidal structure with both aesthetic and functional appeal. The building comprises four towers – two 9-storey & two 18-storey towers. Four of these towers are meant primarily for Grade-A office space. There is 82000sq m of office space in total for multiple tenants, connected by air bridges. There is also a commercial business space, a 100 room boutique hotel and 50,000m2 of luxury retail.

The Shield

All four towers are enclosed by a transparent environmental shield. This shield is made of steel, glass walls and an ETFE membrane system roof, and is controlled by an automated Building Management System. The double-glass skin creates an air chamber that stores the thermal energy and reduces energy footprint. It also forms a natural ventilation system that circulates fresh air between the ceilings and floors, allowing the building to “breathe” easily and naturally.

The climate inside the shield is relatively uniform.  The shield increases thermal insulation, thus reducing energy consumption. It limits the need for air conditioning in summer and reduces heat loss during winter.

Ventilation louvers are installed at the top of the envelope. These act as chimneys, allowing the warmest air to escape and creating an upward flow of air. As the air escapes, cooler air is drawn up from the bottom of the building, allowing for air movement and natural ventilation.

With its sustainable architectural design, Parkview Green FangCaoDi saves up to 44% in energy consumption and 48% in water consumption. Parkview Green can also recycle 81% of its construction waste material. Moreover, 25% of its total building construction material is made up of recycled content.

More on Parkview

Parkview sports a 236-metre pedestrian bridge that spans the complex, offering a bird’s-eye view of shops and the public plaza. A series of lifts and 18 six-meter-long escalators have been installed. The premium shopping centre offers luxury merchandise on four levels. Boutique Cinema, a mini-spa and a gym on a terraced garden sky lounge on the 18th floor are some other perks the building offers. Fashion shows, car launches, art exhibitions and other attention-grabbing events will be hosted here.

Mumbai as a city needs no introduction to most Indians. Populous, cosmopolitan, fast-moving and diverse are some of the common adjectives used to describe this city. The sheer population of the city – well over 14 million people – often maims the local transportation facilities, and renders it insufficient. This increases the use of personal vehicles, hence adding to problems of parking, pollution and traffic jams.

In the light of these well-known problems of the city that is Mumbai, Tata Motors – owned by arguably the most respected business house in the country – has introduced the Nano EV, an electric vehicle, as a plausible solution.

There’s more. The Tata Corporation have planned to build a new building – Tata Towers in the city, with a unique vertical car parking facility. These residential towers, designed by Seth Ellsworth & Jayoung Kim are to have 930 residences for Tata employees and a parking space for 4,050 cars. The towers will also boast of several energy-efficient features.

The vertical parking system exploits the height of each building, and will permit cars to move up and down in vertical cores on small platforms. Residents can park their cars in their own gardens. Vertical parking enables maximum use of available space and also frees up space for a more pedestrian-oriented ground plane, allowing for parks and recreation areas.

The towers could eventually become a parking resource for other buildings as well, linked horizontally through skybridges.

The towers will have alternate energy sources such as solar power-collecting louvers, building-integrated wind turbines, tri-generation, and an algae farm which produces biodiesel. These energy sources will provide enough power to fuel the residences and also recharge the electric vehicles.

A truly outstanding initiative for the benefit of the common man and his environment, yet again from the Tatas.

WOW Architects Pte Ltd has created yet another architectural marvel, and this time it is nothing less than the Vivanta Hotel from the Taj Group, a Glass Palace in every sense.  The extensive and innovative use of glass in this building makes it stand out as unique and exceedingly attractive.

The Green Roof is unarguably the most outstanding feature of this building. Apart from this, there is a whole gamut of eco-friendly products and processes incorporated into the structure. Vivanta is the recipient of several awards at the Architectural Design Awards 2010. Besides, the design of the Vivanta as the best in the ‘Commercial’ category and the ‘2010 Building of The Year’ award was a winner from among 180 global entries. Vivanta is located at Whitefield in Bangalore, India. It is an extension of the surrounding Bangalore’s International Technology Park (ITPL) and provides a networking platform for the young IT professionals working at the Tech Park.

Green-roofed Mobius strip

This premium hotel has 200 rooms in three storeys. It sports a rather opulent roofed promenade in the shape of a Mobius strip, a three-dimensional twisted loop that has a two-dimensional flowing surface. This strip envelops the public amenities of the hotel. The podium of the hotel is designed in the shape of a mobius strip so as to maximise site coverage. The twists and folds of the strip enhance the perception of space and blur the distinction between building, ground, architecture and and landscape.

 

Colourful Glass Facade

The glazed exterior facade of the building offers views to scenic beauty and provides lighting for the rooms. A range of high performance reflective glass with varying tints enables maximum energy efficiency through a reduction in the need for both artificial lighting as well as air conditioning. In the banquet halls, faceted walls fold up to the ceiling, enveloping guests in rhythmic portals. An abstracted Indian motif grafted onto a sound absorption surface aids unobtrusive acoustic comfort.

Eco-friendly features

  • All the building material was sourced locally, thus addressing the need for reduction in carbon footprint.
  • Rainwater is harvested and channelled for reuse in landscape irrigation.


South India is now home to an iconic “zero energy and solar powered home”, a masterpiece in Green architecture that is set to start a welcome trend in controlled energy consumption in residences.

This zero energy space project was exhibited at the Indian Green Building Congress (IGBC) 2010, held at Chennai from 6th to 9th October last year. The IGBC is Asia’s largest Green building conference. The project was also showcased at the Economic Times’ ACEtech – Mumbai as well as Delhi chapters. These are Asia’s largest construction related expos.

About 60% of this home’s energy requirements are met by the conventional sources, while solar power supplies the remaining 40%. Nevertheless, there is no compromise on performance and comfort.

The chief sponsors of this Green initiative are Aluplast Windows, Breezair, Everest Industries, Nippon Paints, Supreme Pertochem and Roca.

EVEREST FIBRE CEMENT BOARDS

The drywall construction with fibre cement boards from Everest creates a strong, light weight, water resistant and energy efficient building envelope which supports a variety of finishes. 55% of the raw materials used to prepare these boards are recycled.

BREEZAIR FRESH AIR

Air conditioning is known to be the largest consumer of energy in a building. The Breezair system works through an evaporative cooling cycle and consumes 1/10th of the energy of a conventional air conditioning device, apart from providing 100% fresh air ventilation.

PHOTO-VOLTAIC BY TEAM SUSTAIN

This energy-efficient residence sports photo-voltaic solar panels on the rooftop. An inverter and a battery storage device are used for uninterrupted power-supply.

SUPREME INSUBOARD & BEARDSELL

Insulation of the walls and the roof is a vital element of the building envelope, meant to prevent the transfer of heat in both directions. This product reduces heat ingress through the walls/roof and hence cuts down on energy consumption for air conditioning. INSBOARD offers one the highest insulation values for XPS insulation.

ALUPLAST WINDOWS

High performance double glazed units and energy-saving UPVC frames are used to reduce energy consumption as well as sound transmission. This is a German product, which saves energy by reducing infiltration and the frames are provided with thermal breaks to prevent heat ingress.

ROCA BATHROOM

Water efficient fixtures for toilets and taps reduce the fresh water consumption in the building and also help score points for the LEED rating system.

SURABHI BAMBOO

Bamboo improves the sustainability of the building as it grows rapidly and can be harvested in much shorter period compared to hardwoods. With the help of the modern production techniques bamboo is transformed into an excellent materials for flooring, furniture and other interior design works.

NIPPON PAINTS

Low-Voc Paints are used on the interiors to create healthy indoor environment and keep away toxins which could be lead to respiratory problems. Solar Reflective paints are used on the exteriors, which facilitate reflection of sunlight and reduction in solar heat gain.

Source: http://www.inspiredGreen.in

sripuram Golden Temple

sripuram Golden Temple

It is almost passé for architecture of all forms and for every purpose to take the Green route today. Be it educational institutions, corporate buildings, government offices or commercial buildings, public areas like airports, railways stations and sports stadiums, residential constructions or even hospitals – Sustainability and Green are buzzwords that none can ignore. But the winner is the “Golden Temple” of Sripuram in Tamil Nadu. As a place of worship, it stands out as the latest form of architecture, most unusually, that has embraced the Green concept.

This Golden Temple of Sripuram is a spiritual park situated at the foothills of Malaikodi, a village within the city of Vellore in Tamil Nadu, India. Sripuram received “Exnora Green Temple Award” and “Exnora Best Eco-friendly Campus of India Award” from Deputy Chief Minister of Tmail Nadu, Shri M.K. Stalin on 27th October earlier this year.

Exnora International is a non-government environmental service organization. The body has rated the temple as one of the best enviro-models of the world.

sripuram in GreenThe temple is a paradise of sorts, where tranquillity, greenery and peace reign supreme. An attractive-looking terracotta-tiled ceiling over the 1.5 km long star-shaped foot path leading to the temple provides for the entry of ample natural light and wind.

The eco-friendly features include Solid Waste Management (SWM), Liquid Waste Management (LWM), rainwater harvesting, bio-gas generation, organic farming, herbal gardens, paddy fields and tree plantations, hill and campus afforestation and harnessing of solar energy. Manure and water for cultivation are generated internally.

Waste Management

Plastics and glasses are shredded, papers compressed into bales and sent for recycling by the Solid Waste Management system. Sripuram Temple attracts a daily footfall of over 5,000 which translate into two tonnes of waste, both bio-degradable and recyclable. The waste is either turned back into material or into manure which is used for the site’s soil. The waste water is recycled and used to irrigate the grass and plantations. Vegetables for meals are grown internally.

Bio-gas

About 3 tonnes of cow dung aids in the generation of 50 kgs of fuel which in turn is used for cooking. Also, the bio-gas generated from a mixture of cow dung and waste food is used at temple’s accommodations, hospital and community kitchens.

Solar Water Heaters

Solar heaters generate hot water which is also used in the kitchens, thereby reducing the need for procurement of fuel from external sources by 80 percent. Canals and ponds dug up within the site help recharge ground water. The temple generates water for its own needs and also supplies some for public use when rainfall is insufficient.

Zero Waste Management (ZWM)

The temple also practices Zero Waste Management. This system includes a biogas plant. Between April 2002 and November 2003, the system has generated 33.8 tonnes of compost (worth Rs. 52,280) and earned Rs. 22,400 through sale of recyclables. The compost generated is used in various areas within the temple site like the gardens, agricultural fields, nurseries and for hill restoration. The success of the project has encouraged the management to extend the ZWM to the Malaikodi village.

Waste Processing Facility (WPF)

The temple authorities have set up a Waste Processing Facility (WPF). Four to five mega tonnes of garbage generated daily is processed by 70 workers. The bio – degradable waste is converted into organic manure through aerobic composting and vermicomposting. The recyclables are segregated into 48 categories, packed and sold to recyclers. The average income from sale of compost and recyclables is Rs.1 lakh per month. An average of 2 tonnes of garbage is collected everyday from surrounding areas.

During the treatment process, natural manure is created and used at the Sakthi Amma Greenery Afforestation Revolution (SAGAR) and the Sakthi Amma Afforestation Program (SAAP). Cleaning powders are made from fruit and vegetable peels.

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

Venue

Sands Expo & Convention Centre,
Marina Bay Sands,
Singapore.


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.

SOURCE: THEHINDU

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