According to this release, from the Press Information Bureau, Government of India, the Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy, Dr. Farooq Abdullah in a written reply in Rajya Sabha yesterday released the green rating norms of new buildings in India.
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is promoting construction of green buildings through GRIHA, a green rating system in the Country. So far, 50 projects from various Government Departments, Public Sector Undertakings (PSU), Educational Institutions including All India Institutes of Medical Sciences, with a total 2.58 million square meter built up area have been registered for the construction based on green rating norms for acquiring GRIHA Ratings. In addition, eleven Evaluators & Trainers Workshops for providing trainings to the Architects, Engineers and Officials from Central & State Governments and PSUs including Central Public Works Department, National Buildings Construction Corporation, National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd. etc. have been organized in the country. About 115 Trainers and 92 Evaluators have been trained through these training workshops who are further promoting green buildings in the country.
The GRIHA Rating System is applicable for the construction of new buildings. However, under various programmes of the Ministry, installation of renewable energy systems and devices is being promoted in the country including in the Government Buildings.
Leading Indian electronics manfacturing companies including Wipro and HCL were ranked among top five green electronics companies in the World.
Indian companies have already been obtaining the LEED certification and the equivalent BEE certifications in India.
Suzlon had earlier obtained a ‘Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum rating’ for its headquarters-Suzlon One Earth and
Infosys BPO was awarded 5-Star rating by BEE for its building located in its Phase 2 campus in Hinjewadi, Pune.