Green buildings stand tall in urban India

Written by Geeta Nair | Pune, Aug 28 | Updated: Aug 30 2008, 05:27am hrs
The green buildings movement is picking up in India. The green footprint in the urban landscape is growing and currently, about 220 million sq ft of green buildings are under construction.

India has close to 300 buildings have gone green. Apart from commercial and residential building, a variety of buildings have taken the green route.

The Hyderabad International Airport is soon going to get a green rating. A convention centre coming up in Bangalore, an engineering college in Hyderabad and the Park Hotel in Hyderabad are going for green rating. The IGPs office in Gulbarga has become the first government office to get a green rating.

S Srinivas, principal counselor, CII Godrej Green Building Council, said from one building in 2001 there were now 254 green buildings with 150 million sq ft registered for certification in India.

Further, with green homes rating being launched, 68 green homes of 88 million sq ft have registered. Today, 60% of these projects are being driven by builders and developers as marketability of the green buildings are higher. And customers are demanding green buildings, Srinivas said.

Companies such as Wipro and

ITC that went in for green buildings realised that benefits far exceeded the initial expectations.

Reduction of energy bills at Wipro Gurgaon was 40% and 45% at ITC Gurgaon, while the increase in cost of green buildings was only around 1%, Srinivas said at the launch of the Pune Chapter of the IGBC.

Chairman of IGBC, Prem C Jain said green buildings offer a wide range of benefits from energy and water savings, better indoor air quality and a green image.

The IGBC has 400 members and seven chapters across India. The Pune Chapter of the Indian Green Building Council has taken off with Lalit Kumar Jain as chairman. Jain developed Punes first green building and he said the city now had 16 green buildings.

The Pune Municipal Corporation was offering sops to green building and was among the first bodies to do so, Jain said. The IGBC they would focus on training architects, consultants and raise awareness of green buildings and have 25 green buildings in Pune by 2009, he added.