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Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) targets to use the green concept on 1 billion sft area

According to this report, the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) will facilitate development of 200 green buildings by 2012 adding to the 800 already existing.

CII Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre senior councillor M Anand said the council was also targeting to use the green concept on 1 billion sft area from the current half a billion sft and train 5,000 accredited professionals. He was addressing a seminar on ‘Environment friendly technologies: opportunities and challenges ahead’, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) – Andhra Pradesh.

IGBC, formed in 2001, aims to become the world leader in green building by 2015, he added. So far, IGBC has certified 126 green buildings, and has 521.19 million sft of green building footprint.

The cost of green buildings was 18 per cent higher in 2003 than the normal building but came down to 8 per cent in 2008-09. It is likely to further decline to 1-2 per cent by 2014-15.

Around 80 per cent of energy consumption can be reduced through proper day light facilities in green building. So far, India has only tapped one per cent of the solar power.

As Panchabuta had earlier discussed, in a recent DESC India -CII released report that studied the various sectors  in India and the potential of ICT in each of them to Cut Carbon Footprint,  Commercial Buildings had the maximum saving potential of 42%.

Companies like Suzlon whose , Suzlon’s headquarters-Suzlon One Earth- a project carried out by Synefra Engineering and Construction (a Tanti Group Company) had recently bagged the ‘Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum rating’ from the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) Indian arm of the US Green Building Council. Also, Infosys BPO Jaipur  has obtained the LEED ‘Platinum’ rating and earlier the , Infosys BPO  had been awarded the 5-star rating for energy efficiency by Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) for its building located in its Phase 2 campus in Hinjewadi.

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