Building designs based on nature a must for sustainable growth- say experts

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Green Buildings are of immense importance to achieve sustainable growth in the country. Experts from construction industry and architects underlined this at a Session on Sustainable Growth: Green Buildings organised by Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) Chandigarh Chapter of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) at CII Northern Region Headquarters, on Friday.

Adopting green design and construction practices would facilitate not only lower energy consumption, lesser material utilization and reduced emissions, but will also result in improved quality of life for the occupants.  Green buildings result in energy consumption reduction by 30 to 40 percent, fresh water consumption reduction by 20 to 30 percent, experts opined.

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Kapil Setia, Chief Architect, Department of Urban Planning, Chandigarh Administration, said, “In view of the changed dynamics of development, industry and architects need to have a common focus on promoting sustainability of buildings based on principles of reduce, reuse and recycle. Vernacular model of architecture in India imbibed natural elements and thus sustainable buildings. We need to revive vernacular architecture for future generations as well. This will also give them a deep relationship with their cultural past.”

“Human capital needs to be taken into account while designing buildings as we spend most of our lives inside our homes or offices. Recyclability of buildings should also be our focus to keep pace with changing dynamics of development.”

“Instead of adopting surgical solutions such as Odd Even formulae in Delhi, we must start monitoring the air quality and give viable solutions to urban mobility. Sustainability for future generations should be our focus. Chandigarh’s model should be developed in the Indian context, Setia said.”

Jaswant Singh, Chief Town Planner, HUDA, said, “We must have common rules for Green and normal buildings to make it, to be adopted. We need regulations incorporating all elements to make every building a Green Building. For this, Haryana is going to implement a Unified Building Code soon.”

“HUDA will take into account recommendations of IGBC in our building byelaws provided they are practical and cost-effective,” he said.

Jit Kumar Gupta, Co – Chairman, IGBC Chandigarh Chapter, said, “The country is facing the problem of Sick Building Syndrome as buildings are not designed to make people healthy. Nature should be prime import to design any city. If we design taking into account all elements of Nature, we will always have sustainable solutions.”

“Green Buildings which uses less water, optimizes energy efficiency, conserves natural resources, generates less waste and provides healthier spaces for occupants, as compared to a conventional building are the answer to all environmental concerns when it comes to harm of construction activity,” he said.

A K Jaswal, Chairman – CII- IGBC Chandigarh Chapter and MD, Hindustan Infrastructure Inc said, “The Government of Punjab has announced incentives for IGBC Rated Projects in the state by offering additional FAR of 5 percent. I am also pleased to inform you that Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) is providing fast-track clearances for projects that are pre-certified by IGBC.”

Experts who shared their perspectives at the session included- Manmohan Khanna, Chairman, Chandigarh Chapter, IIA, Punit Agarwal, Counsellor, CII – Indian Green Building Council, Naman Sukhija, Business Architect, Green Tree, Col Shailesh Pathak, CEO, Art-N-Glass Inc. & Abhimanyu Deswal, Director, GLM Infratech Private Limited. Over 70 stakeholders of construction industry attended the program.

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