Indore : The Green Building Concept is gaining popularity in cities like Indore, Bhopal, Gwalior and Jabalpur, where corporate houses are adopting the technology to conserve environment, said Structural Consultant & Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) Evaluator Jitendra Vyas.

In an exclusive interview with Free Press, Vyas claimed that it was high time that the state government should promote the concept aggressively through sops and reliefs, as people are open to conserving energy.

“One thing is quite visible that commercial institutions have great extent of zeal in adopting the new way of protecting the environment,” he said.

Vyas threw light on various aspects of saving the environment and natural resources by adopting the ‘Green Building Concept’ and also advantages to the public.

He said that this concept aims at encouraging maximum use of natural lights, air and energy for cooling effect in a building; for lessening use of air conditioner; more ventilators for natural lights; use of even bulbs even CFL and tube lights, and mini affordable solar plants to generate the solar energy for self sufficiency.

Benefits of the concept

On a broader sense, this system, along with the activities and processes that lead up to it, will benefit the community at large with the improvement in the environment by reducing GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions, reducing energy consumption and the stress on natural resources, Vyas said

Green getting popularity

Vyas said that since 2011, organizations are getting more inclined towards adopting green building concept. The first of its kind building is being constructed in the City close to Bypass – the office of Indian Oil Corporation. It’s a role model.

He said that IIT-I, TCS, Infosys, Symbiosis, GD Goenka School have announced to construct their buildings on the standard of GRIHA. Beside this, in Bhopal, School of Planning & Architecture and Indian Institute of Science and Research have also pledged to build their building as per the standard of the GRIHA.

The building near the Mantralaya at Bhopal spanned across 10 lakh sq. feet, Van Bhawan and new MLA quarters are going to be built as per the GRIHA standards. Such buildings are also under construction in Gwalior and Jabalpur. It may be recalled that GRIHA norms are applied on the big buildings and commercial complexes.

Rating Agencies

There are three major rating agencies to certify a building as complaining the standards of the green building such as Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) promoted by CII, United States Green Building Council (UGBC) official agency of US government and GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment, an agency promoted by the Government of India.

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