Green seems to be the new mantra for developers in Gujarat, especially in Ahmedabad. As many as 150 buildings across the state are in the process of getting green building certification and around 27 buildings have already received it from Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), a part of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
A green building is one which uses less water, saves on energy consumption, conserves natural resources, generates less waste and provides healthier spaces for occupants than a conventional building.
“Of 150, Ahmedabad has nearly 70-80 green buildings at various stages of certification. These include residential, commercial complexes and offices. With awareness of the concept, the number is going to increase in the days to come,” said Sameer Sinha, chairman of the Ahmedabad chapter of IGBC. From one building with 20,000 sq ft in 2001, India today has 3,247 green buildings covering 3.11 billion sq ft. Of this, one fifth green area is in Gujarat.
The 13th edition of this international conference and exhibition will be held from November 19 to 21.
“Presentations and discussions at Green Building Congress 2015 will focus on how to take forward the national agenda of ‘Green, Smart and Healthy Cities’. The event will also have discussions on how to tap emerging growth opportunities,” said Dr Prem Jain, chairman of IGBC.