Sending a strong message about the importance of protecting the environment, the Goa chapter of the Indian green building council said that the state government should introduce green practices for builders and encourage green development through incentives.
By making it mandatory to construct green buildings, the environment can be preserved and quality of life will also improve, the body said.
“If we care for the environment, it would be important for the government to introduce green building practices across the state of Goa. So if any builder is building more than 10 or 12 flats, there should be some system which would push him to go green,” said co-chair, IGBC Goa chapter and director Kamat Infra Tech Bharat Kamat.
This view was endorsed by chairman, IGBC Goa chapter and director of Acron Group, Amar Britto. “The government should definitely incentivize green buildings and infact should stop issuing individual environmental clearances and instead mandate that all building projects follow stipulated green norms,” he said.
IGBC does not allow development in environmentally fragile zones and Kamat urged home seekers to make the smart choice while purchasing a home. “Once you build green, all your water is treated and recycled at the in-house treatment plant. A green building would force you to change your energy requirements. Building green is not a fashion, it is a compulsion,” Kamat emphasized.
Kamat added another dimension to motivate builders to go green. Breaking a popular myth, Kamat said that in the long run, going green adds to revenue generation and reduces costs. “When you build green, you add to the company’s bottomline,” he said.
Incentives like extra FAR for green buildings would also help, Kamat said.
Goa presently lags behind in green projects with just 25 green projects in the state. Acron Group leads the way in green construction with 10 projects certified green.
“We have registered projects with a green footprint in excess of 3 billion sq ft. Over the next 15-20 yrs we hope to register 10 billion square feet of green projects,” Kamat said while speaking in the Indian context.