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Gogoi promotes green building concept

According to reports, the state government and The Energy Resources Institute (TERI) have entered into an agreement to promote green building concept in Assam under Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) through the use of sustainable building materials.

Addressing the three-day Griha Summit 2014 in New Delhi on Thursday, chief minister Tarun Gogoi emphasized the need for ensuring easy availability of cost-effective materials to replace the conventional ones. Gogoi inaugurated the summit.

“We have to find eco-friendly and cost-effective materials for construction of buildings, roads, bridges and other infrastructure. Knowledge is the key to invention of new technologies that are cost-effective and environment-friendly to mitigate the impacts of climate change,” Gogoi said.

TERI director general RK Pachauri said an estimated 10 million square metres of GRIHA 5-Star certified projects could save enough electricity to power about 100,000 urban homes, enough water to meet the requirements of 22,000 urban families and facilitate installation of 6 Mega Watts of renewable energy. The GRIHA concept has been evolved by TERI and Association for Development and Research of Sustainable Habitats.

“We have to promote habitats which make use of resources efficiently and at the same time ensure comfort for the occupants at all times,” Pachauri said. He added, “Wind, solar and bio-mass that are eco-friendly energy sources needed to be harnessed and made use of in a viable manner.” The CM said impacts of climate change is being felt in the state too with vast swathes already been eroded due to floods and erosions.

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