Maharashtra to consolidate its leadership position in Green Buildings

Mr Ashish Kumar Singh, IAS, Principal Secretary, Public Works Department, Government of Maharashtra while addressing at the inaugural session of IGBC’s Green Building Congress 2016 organised in Mumbai,said that, “The need of the hour is to create a Policy framework, which will further accelerate the adoption of green buildings. PWD has notified that upcoming government buildings in Maharashtra will adopt IGBC Green Building Standards. Going forward, existing buildings in the State will be retrofitted to become green buildings.”

Ar Tai Lee Siang, Chair, World Green Building Council said that, “India has made its mark as the leader in the global green building movement and it should play an important role in taking forward the global green building movement. By 2050, 100% buildings should be net zero”, he underlined.

Dr. Prem C Jain, Chairman, Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) said that, “Over 3,800 green building projects are currently registered with IGBC, amounting to over 4.45 billion sq.ft of green building footprint. Today, India stands no. 2 in the world in terms of largest registered green building footprint. IGBC’s vision is to facilitate 10 billion sq.ft of green building footprint by 2022.”

Mr. Prem Jain & Mr. Gurmeet Singh Arora of IGBC at Green Building Congress 2016 in Mumbai
Mr. Prem Jain & Mr. Gurmeet Singh Arora of IGBC at Green Building Congress 2016 in Mumbai

Mr Gurmit Singh Arora, Co-Chair IGBC Mumbai Chapter said, “India is in an excellent position to redefine the course and strategy of Green Building movement. Maharashtra will continue to play an important role in the promotion of Green buildings”, he added.

Mr V Suresh, Chair, IGBC Policy & Advocacy Committee delivered the concluding remarks.

The day was also marked by signing of MoU with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to incorporate IGBC’s Green MRTS Rating System for metro design & construction. IGBC will support DMRC by providing soft & technical support, associated and aligned with IGBC Green Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) for designing metro rail systems of DMRC.

The following new Green Building Rating Systems were launched at the inaugural session

  • IGBC Green Existing MRTS Rating
  • IGBC Green Health Care Facilities Rating
  • IGBC Green Villages RatingThe day was also marked by presenting of IGBC Awards to over 140 IGBC rated green building projects & products and also presenting of Green Champions Awards. Green Buildings of India- Coffee Table Publication: 2nd edition was released on the first day.The 3-day international conference would focus on the theme- ‘Sustainable Built Environment for All.” Leading National & international experts will share their thoughts and perspectives on the theme.About Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)
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