Meet on green homes awareness starts today

Written by fe Bureaus | New Delhi | Updated: Jul 31 2010, 04:36am hrs
A two-day conference on green homes opens in the Capital on Friday. Organised by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), which has been spearheading the green building movement in the country, the event will focus on affordable green housing, energy efficiency, innovative home equipment, products & systems, landscaping, rain water harvesting, water management and net zero homes.

Prem C Jain, chairman, IGBC and MD, Spectral Services Consultants, says, We are aiming to raise awareness among consumers and focus that they need to do little to tweak the design to make it green.

Vidur Bharadwaj, chairman, IGBC (Delhi Chapter) and MD, Design & Development, says, Green buildings dont have to be necessarily costlier. Good builders can bring down costs. Earlier, they used to cost 10-15% more. Now its down to 2-3%.

Leading national and international industry leaders are expected to not only share their experiences but also highlight emerging business opportunities in the green home segment with the help of case studies. Green buildings by definition minimise the use of natural construction material, use less water, optimise energy efficiency, and emit less waste than conventional buildings.

IGBC launched Indias first green home rating system in 2007 after factoring in accepted energy and environmental principles as well as known practices and new concepts.