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CII – INDIAN GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL (IGBC) – In pursuit of a greener and healthier India

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The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) works to create and sustain an environment conducive to the development of India, partnering industry, Government, and civil society, through advisory and consultative processes.

 

 

CII-Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre (CII-Godrej GBC) was established in the year 2003, as CII’s Developmental Institute on Green Practices & Businesses, aimed at offering world-class advisory services on conservation of natural resources.

The Green Business Centre in Hyderabad is housed in one of the greenest buildings in the world and through Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) is spearheading the Green Building movement in the country IGBC is India’s first Green Building’s Certification Body and is one of the founding members of World Green Building Council (WorldGBC). The vision of the Council is ‘To enable a sustainable built environment for all and facilitate India to be one of the global leaders in the sustainable built environment by 2025″.

The Council holistically evaluates how Green a building is and accordingly rates the building either as –IGBC Platinum/ Gold /Silver/ Certified. IGBC through its multi-pronged strategy has facilitated India become No: 2 in the world, in terms of largest registered Green building footprint. IGBC has launched over 15 fully indigenized green building rating systems to suit various building types including – new buildings, homes, factory building, landscapes, cities, villages, datacentres, healthcare facilities, schools, existing buildings, MRTS, interiors, residential societies, campus, townships, existing MRTS.

IGBC’s local chapters led by green champions’ works closely with the stakeholders in further percolating Green building movement across the length & breadth Country. IGBC aspires to facilitate 10 billion sq.ft of green building footprint by 2022 (75th year of Independent India). IGBC is also involved in Policy Advocacy, Green Product (GreenPro) certification, Accredited Professional (AP) examination, training, missions, research & publications, networking and organising Green Building Congress- India’s annual flagship event on Green buildings.

On the eve of Anniversary issue, keeping up with its theme of upliftment of institutional and engineering bodies in India, Masterbuilder had a one-to-one chat with Mr S Raghupathy, Board Member, World GBC and Deputy Director General, CII. During the conversation, he shared his insights on CII-IGBC.

 

S Raghupathy

 

Here are few excerpts of the interview.

In the sphere of the waste management techniques, what plans do to the body have to promote it further?

Addressing & advocating effective and efficient waste management techniques is one of the key focus areas of IGBC’s green building rating system. Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) strongly believes that there is nothing called as ‘waste’ and whatever waste is generated in the built-environment can be transformed into an excellent resource base.

One of the mandatory requirement in IGBC rating system is to ‘Facilitate segregation of waste at source to encourage reuse or recycling of materials, thereby avoiding waste being sent to landfills.’ IGBC encourages repeated re-use of construction waste and encourages lesser dependence on usage of virgin materials.

Wastewater treatment and reuse is also another focus area in IGBC green building rating system. The rating system encourages treatment of wastewater generated on-site. This in turn facilitates recycling of wastewater and in the process avoids pollution and contamination of ground water resources.

A step towards this direction is the promotion of phytoremediation- where plants treat the wastewater generated; thereafter the treated water is used for gardening, toilet flushing and cooling tower make-up.

In days to come, IGBC would focus on zero-solid waste discharge, automatic collection, transportation & segregation system; maximise resource recovery with minimal emissions; minimise space requirement. This in turn will also make good business sense.

 

 

With the green concept becoming popular, almost every manufacturer is claiming their product to be sustainable, but in reality, they are not. How does the body plan to address this issue?

It is inspiring to witness how green buildings is gaining increased acceptance and adoption by various stakeholders across the Country. This indeed is a very healthy and positive sign and augurs well for a greener and healthier India.

What started as one green building project in 2003 (CII Godrej GBC- India’s first platinum rated green building), today, over 4,000 IGBC registered green building projects, amounting to over 4.50 billion sq.ft of green building footprint are being certified by IGBC. This distinction has enabled India become No: 2 in the world, in terms of largest registered green building footprint.

IGBC aspires to facilitate 10 billion sq.ft of green building footprint by 2022 (75th year of India’s Independence).

The reason for this significant growth and spread is the fact that- IGBC could demonstrate a clear business case for green buildings. Though the incremental cost of a commercial green building would be about 3 to 5 %, the additional costs gets paid back within 2 to 3 years with substantial reduction in operational costs. This important value proposition is enabling stakeholders go the green way.

Today, various types of buildings including- Government offices, commercial buildings, hotels, hospitals, schools, cities, hospitals, metro stations, malls are all going the IGBC way. About 90 % of green building projects in India are adopting and promoting IGBC green building standards.

In the process, green building movement in India has facilitated in the design and development of many new green products and technologies to cater to the growing requirements of the stakeholders. With growing awareness, stakeholders/ end users started demanding green features in all the products & technologies, apart from the regular criteria for selection of products such as quality, cost, etc.,

Understanding this imperative, CII-IGBC started to focus on elements that go into green buildings. As part of this strategy, CII-IGBC has launched GreenPro (Green Product) certification which is evoking excellent response.

GreenPro – assess how green is a product based on a life cycle based holistic approach and certifies the product as ‘Green’. The certification system guides the manufacturers to improve their product’s green performance and position as green and eco-friendly.

 

 

Following are some of the benefits of GreenPro:

1. Facilitates resource conservation through enhanced energy efficiency, water efficiency, use of renewable energy sources, minimization of waste
2. Ensures toxic and carcinogen free products which in turn offers health & well being benefits to the users
3. Addresses life cycle assessment, product stewardship, product design
4. Enables product innovation

As on date, over 150 products in India are GreenPro Certified and many other products are in the pipeline. We aspire to certify all types of products- consumer, industrial, technologies, services and in the process equip the end-users to take a green informed choice.

What is the prospect of sustainable materials in the Indian market?

IGBC ushered in a market transformation for products and technologies, which are ecologically superior and economically viable. Green products and technologies, which were earlier unheard of is gaining increased acceptance and wider adoption.

The steady increase in demand for green buildings has brought down the cost of products, services and materials, thus making green buildings affordable. A classic example of the cost of a product decreasing is the waterless urinal. The waterless urinal costed ` 14,000/- when CII Godrej GBC building in Hyderabad (India’s first platinum rated green building) was constructed, today it is available for ` 6,000/-

 

 

Many of the leading green building manufactures are active members of IGBC and they are working closely with the stakeholders in developing innovative and futuristic green materials and technologies. Today, many new materials and services have been introduced in India as a result of green building movement including- water less urinals, CO2 sensors, VOC paints & coatings, high performance glass, wall & roof insulation, high CoP chillers, wind towers, etc.,

Earlier, manufactures were shy of discussing on the recycle or recyclable content of their products. IGBC with the support of the stakeholders could bring about a mind-set change in the way a produce is viewed and perceived. Today, manufactures have started looking at green in a holistic manner.

Manufactures are voluntarily highlighting how green their product or technology is and indicating recycle or recyclable content of their products. Companies manufacturing green products and technologies are in increasing trend. They are gradually increasing green products in their product portfolios. Indian industry is going all out and make sustainability as its key growth strategy

IGBC estimates that by the year 2025, market potential for green building products and technologies would be about USD 300 Billion. This offers excellent growth opportunities for the manufacturers of green products, materials and technologies.

At IGBC Green Building Congress- India’s annual flagship event on green buildings, year-on year, we witness the steady progress and growth of innovative and futuristic products and technologies on display at the international exhibition. This year, Green Building Congress 2017 would be held on 4-7 October 2017 in Jaipur.

 

 

What new plans have been undertaken by the body to preach sustainable living across the country’ [rural and urban]?

We in IGBC aspire that green should become a way of life. Towards this direction, IGBC adopts a multi-pronged strategy in highlighting the need and importance of going the green way.

IGBC green building rating system is one the primary tool of IGBC to sensitize the stakeholders. In days to come, IGBC would focus on affordable green housing, green cities, green railway stations, green villages, and existing cities. IGBC aspires that all forms of built-environment should be green and the cross section of the society should become part of the national green mission.

IGBC’s focus would be on promoting green villages. IGBC through its Green Villages Rating System envisions facilitating and supporting the development of 1,000 green villages in India by 2022.

“A Green Village is one which offers access to clean energy, adequate water, basic education, good healthcare, hygienic sanitation, leading to economic prosperity and enhanced quality of life, in a manner that is environmentally sustainable.” As on date, the following eight villages are IGBC rated green villages.

Promoting health and well being would be another priority area. IGBC is the process of launching an exclusive rating system focusing on health & well being. IGBC is committed to facilitate a greener and healthier India.

IGBC would work more closely with various Government departments including- Ministry of Rural Development, Ministry of Railways, MoUD, MOEF, nodal agencies. It would also partner with ULB, municipal corporations, nodal agencies in taking forward the green agenda.

IGBC through its local chapters will continue to percolate the message of green buildings to various stakeholders across the Country. Presently, IGBC has 22 local chapters, spread across the Country, which are led by green champions. We would soon launch many more local chapters in tier-II, tier-III cities. They all will be our vehicles of change.

Inspiring young minds is another strategy adopted by IGBC in instilling a sense of commitment towards Planet Earth. They will be equipped, sensitized to become the green ambassadors of the Country.

IGBC has launched over 100 local student chapters in different engineering and architectural colleges. These chapters serve as a resource base to learn and share more on environmental management and in the process enable them to become eco-citizens of the Country.

IGBC foresees that the next 10 years will be the decade of integrated sustainable built environment. This will mostly be in the form of large integrated townships, satellite cities, gated communities, campuses with multiple buildings. This development presents an enormous opportunity to design the projects as green from day one and influence the way of life of people.

 

 

The place we live, work, study, commute, heal, play should all go the green way.

Organisations/ individuals can register for IGBC membership at: www.igbc.in

CII- Indian Green Building Council
Survey # 64, Kothaguda Post RR District, Hyderabad – 500084.
Tel: +91 40 44158111
Email: igbc@cii.in
Web: www.igbc.in

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