The building sector in India is growing at a rapid pace and contributing immensely to the growth of the economy. This augurs well for the country and there is now an imminent need to introduce green concepts and techniques in this sector, which can aid growth in a sustainable manner.
The green concepts and techniques in the building sector can help address national issues like water efficiency, energy efficiency, reduction in fossil fuel use for commuting, handling of consumer waste and conserving natural resources. Most importantly, these concepts can enhance occupant health, productivity and well-being.
Against this background, the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) has launched ‘IGBC Green New Buildings Rating System®’ to address the national priorities. This rating programme is a tool which enables the designer to apply green concepts and reduce environmental impacts that are measurable. The rating programme covers methodologies to cover diverse climatic zones and changing lifestyles.
The IGBC guide was released during the 12th Green Building Congress 2014 organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry on 4-6 September, 2014 at Hyderabad.