Jaipur to host CII-IGBC Green Build­ing Congress 2017

Jaipur to host CII-IGBC’S

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The his­toric city of Jaipur in Ra­jasthan will turn greener dur­ing 4-7 Oc­to­ber 2017, when green build­ing thought lead­ers, CEOS, prac­tion­ers, tech­nol­ogy providers, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional stake­hold­ers from the con­struc­tion in­dus­try and other sec­tors will be con­verg­ing in Jaipur to dis­cuss and de­lib­er­ate var­i­ous emerg­ing green build­ing con­cepts, trends and tech­nolo­gies at Green Build­ing Congress 2017In­dia’s an­nual flag­ship event on green build­ings. The theme for the 15th edi­tion is ‘Sus­tain­able-built en­vi­ron­ment for all’.

In­dian Green Build­ing Coun­cil (IGBC), part of CII, as­pires to en­able a sus­tain­able built en­vi­ron­ment for all and fa­cil­i­tate In­dia to be one of the global lead­ers in sus­tain­able built en­vi­ron­ment by 2025. A step to­wards this di­rec­tion was the in­sti­tu­tion­al­iz­ing of the Green Build­ing Congress in 2001. Since then, Green Build­ing Congress has played a vi­tal role in the spread and growth of green build­ings in the coun­try.

So far, IGBC, with over 4.63 bil­lion sq.ft. has fa­cil­i­tated In­dia to be­come the 2nd coun­try in the world in terms of largest reg­is­tered green build­ing foot­print, with projects spread across the coun­try. Th­ese in­clude gov­ern­ment of­fices, com­mer­cial build­ings, ho­tels, hos­pi­tals, schools, cities, metro sta­tions, and malls. IGBC as­pires to fa­cil­i­tate 10 bil­lion sq.ft by the year 2022 (75th year of In­dia’s In­de­pen­dence) and Green Build­ing Congress will con­tinue to play a cat­alytic role in mak­ing this a re­al­ity.

In­dia is see­ing un­prece­dented ur­ban ex­pan­sion, which is wide­spread across all cities. The im­pact on our nat­u­ral re­sources, es­pe­cially water, en­ergy, and air, is very much ev­i­dent as the cities are fac­ing enor­mous pres­sure to deal with the fast de­plet­ing re­sources.

We must fast cap­ture the op­por­tu­ni­ties to mit­i­gate th­ese pres­sures through ecofriendly ini­tia­tives and con­struc­tion of green and sus­tain­able build­ings. The reg­u­la­tory frame­work for green build­ing in the Na­tional Build­ing Code, along with vol­un­tary codes and green build­ing rat­ing sys­tems, pro­vides ad­e­quate guide­lines for such con­struc­tions and build­ing ma­te­ri­als.

It is also im­per­a­tive to de­velop stan­dards for green build­ing ma­te­ri­als and their source. Ca­pa­bil­i­ties in de­sign­ing and con­struct­ing green build­ings need to be en­cour­aged and fur­ther strength­ened. The high cost of green con­struc­tion is per­ceived as a de­ter­rent to many builders and buy­ers. This calls for dis­sem­i­na­tion of well-re­searched in­for­ma­tion on the ac­tual costs in­curred, along with the long-term cost ben­e­fits that will be ac­crued over the life­span of a green build­ing.

The 3-day event will be marked by in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence, ex­hi­bi­tion and con­cur­rent ses­sions. As part of the Green Build­ing Congress 2017, IGBC will also be host­ing the ‘An­nual Mem­bers Meet’ and ‘Board Meet­ing of the World Green Build­ing Coun­cil’. Build­ing in­dus­try lead­ers from over 75 coun­tries, along with the Chair, CEO and Board Mem­bers of the Worldgbc will be at­tend­ing the meet. Fo­cus ar­eas will be: Af­ford­able hous­ing, Data Cen­ters, Health­care, Green vil­lages, Sus­tain­able mo­bil­ity, Per­for­mance mon­i­tor­ing of green build­ings, Land­scap­ing & bio­di­ver­sity, Case stud­ies & best prac­tices.

MGS - Mod­ern Green Struc­ture & Ar­chi­tec­ture Septem­ber 2017

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