The two Maharashtra cities in the top three heralds that the state is leagues ahead of others in encouraging and constructing efficient buildings.
MUMBAI: With few open spaces and an almost insatiable demand for commercial and residential buildings, the city is usually a major worry for environmentalists. But it is at least doing one thing right: it continues to host the maximum number of environment-friendly “green buildings“.
Mumbai has 753 buildings with advanced power and water conservation methods besides better sewage and garbage management systems, shows statistics released by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) ahead of the 14th Green Building Congress starting in the city on Thursday. It has pulled way ahead of second Delhi (497), and third Pune (379).
The two Maharashtra cities in the top three heralds that the state is leagues ahead of others in encouraging and constructing efficient buildings. It has 1,124 green buildings, with Tamil Nadu (355), Karnataka (354) and Uttar Pradesh (351) following. Green buildings in India save 15,000 MW of energy and over 50 million tons of Co2 per year, claims IGBC.
While the educated and moneyed classes seem to have taken to the green initiatives, the city has failed to create enough awareness among the lower income groups and slum dwellers and lags badly in the race to lower power consumption and carbon emissions by maximizing the use of LED lights.
Over the years, the Green Building Congress has catalyzed the nature-friendly movement in the country. Today, India with over 4.5 billion sq ft of green building space is second only to US and well ahead of China in terms of the largest registered green building footprint. It is expected to have 10 billion sq ft by 2022.
Green buildings deploy efficient systems to save 40-50% power consumption and 20-30% water consumption, besides enhanced ventilation, better views, strong day lighting, and enhanced health, sanitation, well-being and productivity of occupants.
“We will add six more rating systems during the Green Building Congress 2016… These include ratings that facilitate conversion of old buildings to green, “said Prem Jain, IGBC chief. The organization is planning to extend support to shrines to make them energy efficient and ensure proper waste management and is in talks with Siddhivinayak Temple. It will also focus on public offices and commercial buildings as their energy performance index -a ratio of power consumed against effectively used -is low. People spend more than 90% of their time in buildings, either in office or at home. Energy used in buildings accounts for a significant percentage of a country’s total energy consumption.
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The green construction practice was initially started for commercial property it is now spread across residential property as well in India. The major contribution was done by IGBC (Indian Green Building Council) which is a part of CII (Confederation of Indian Industries since 1895) and was established in 2001.
In 2016 more than 3,667 green building projects are coming up with the footprint over 3.82 billion sq.ft. Which are registered with IGBC. After Mumbai thane is one of the city which have major projects with Green building concept. Various residential properties in thane are paving way for more and more green spaces and implementing the IGBC standards. One such project is Tata Housing’s by Tata Serein located at Pokharan Road, Thane.