From ET Realty
NAGPUR: Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India (CREDAI) has pointed out that none of the buildings in the city complies with all norms to be certified as a ‘Green Building‘. Builders and architects in Nagpur who had taken initiative to construct energy efficient buildings have failed to follow almost 20% of the norms, about which they might not even be aware, which’s why none of the structure could obtain green certification, said Prashant Sarode, Maharashtra president of CREDAI, while offering help to encourage builders to obtain green ratings.
In order to spread awareness about green buildings and provide guideline about then in the city, Pune-based organization ‘Sustainability Initiatives’ had organized a one-day seminar on ‘energy efficient buildings’ at Chitnavis Center on Thursday, where Sarode was also present. Funded by the Ministry of Renewable Energy (MNRE), the organization has initiated awareness seminars for builders, architects and students. “The need of the hour is to make Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s model solar city project successful. For this reason, MNRE became interested in taking up the awareness seminar here,” said organization trustee Poorva Keskar.
The project’s motive is to bring down the city’s power consumption by 10%. Some 5% of the target will be met by energy efficiency works and remaining 5% by generation of renewable energy.
The seminar was inaugurated by MLC Anil Sole while Sarode and Paramjeet Ahuja, chairman, Indian Institute of Architects, Nagpur, were present on the dais. He said, “The seminar is being organized with a big motto. While I was mayor of this city, I has realized that environment sustainability needs to be treated as the primary issue and Nagpur needs more awareness in this regard.”
Ahuja said, “One common green norm that architects around the city don’t follow is of building orientation. This is the practice of facing a building in a specific direction to efficiently use the sun’s free energy. The plan should be chalked out before the construction begins. Orientation in being taught to architecture students but while practicing they forget it.”
Giving information about green certifications, architect Anagha Paranjape said, “By fulfilling criteria of green building, people can avail Greeha certification supported by MNRE, Indian Green Building Council also gives certificates. These organizations will inspect your building to see how many criteria you have fulfilled. In case you fulfil more than 70 criteria out of 100, then your building will be rated accordingly and you will be eligible to get certified.”
She said that in a new trend, a lot of Industries are trying to comply with the norms just to get green certification. “It’s giving them a brand, a credibility to claim they are contributing to save environment by efficiently using energy. On the other hand, people who have gone in for initial certification are basically getting back to making their further building plans certified because they all experience a decline in energy consumption, which is cutting down on expensive electricity bills,” she said.