By Accommodation Times News Services
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) at its inaugural session of the Green Building Congress 2014, at Hyderabad, announced three new innovative rating systems, which will cover schools, metro rail projects and new buildings. Their aim to launch the new rating system is to emerge green building concept in these sectors of construction industry.
Announcing the launching of the new systems at the CII Green Building Congress 2014, Prem C Jain, Chairman of IGBC, said the New Building Rating System comes in the backdrop of IGBC and US Green Building Council parting ways on the Leed certification programme.
“All these years, the US Leed certification was followed in rating new buildings. However, we have decided now to part ways and decided to have our own rating system for new buildings. We have adopted this approach as we believe India could become a next big Green Building base in the world,” he said.
A portal has also been created to facilitate online interface on green building rating systems.
Green New Buildings rating system
IGBC has launched IGBC Green New Buildings rating system to address the National priorities. They have introduced this rating programme as a tool which will enables the designer to apply green concepts and reduce environmental impacts that are measurable. The rating programme covers methodologies to cover diverse climatic zones and changing lifestyles. IGBC has set up the Green New Buildings Core Committee under the leadership of Ar. Raghavendran, to develop the rating programme.
The system is for every type of building it will include offices, IT parks, banks, shopping malls, hotels, airports, stadiums, convention centers, libraries, museums, etc., Building types such as residential, factory buildings, schools.
Green School rating system
The new School rating system invented by IGBC is unique in the sense that it addresses eco-education, Health & hygiene besides the infrastructural facilities, energy efficiency, water conservation and waste management.
IGBC will set up the Green Schools Core Committee to develop a rating program to address school children from Kindergarten to Higher secondary (KG to + 2). Any project can apply for IGBC Green Schools Rating System certification, if it meets all the mandatory requirements and achieve the minimum required credit points.
IGBC Green Schools rating system addresses green features under the following categories:
- Sustainable Architecture and Design
- Site Selection and Planning
- Water Conservation
- Energy Efficiency
- Building Materials and Resources
- Indoor Environmental Quality
- Innovation and Development
Green MRTS rating system
The launched IGBC Green Mass Rapid Transit System rating system is a voluntary and consensus based programme. The rating system is a tool to enable new Rail based MRTS to apply green concepts during design & construction, so as to further reduce environmental impacts that are measurable. The overarching objective of IGBC Green MRTS Rating is to ensure environmental sustainability, while enhancing commuter experience.
If any MTRS projects will apply for the green concepts in the design, construction & operation, they will be benefited with the following advantages:
- Reduced dependency on private vehicles, thereby minimising the environmental impacts associated with the use of conventional energy
- Integration with other modes of public transport, thereby enhancing connectivity
- Enhanced station accessibility to improve first & last mile connectivity and achieve maximum ridership
- Maximise resource efficiency
- Increased environmental awareness among commuters
Enhanced commuting experience