Hyderabad Buildings Are Going Greener – The New Indian Express

Express press service

HYDERABAD: In a bid to reduce carbon emissions, several government offices and private campuses in Hyderabad are planning to adopt green building standards by next year. More than 50 buildings including new Telangana secretariat, command control center, Telangana martyrs memorial, future district headquarters buildings and other private institutes are taking steps to gain approval from the “Green Building” from the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC).

Currently, the state has more than 528 IGBC-registered green building projects, representing 349 million square feet of environmental footprint. It is estimated that around 22% of total carbon emissions come from the building sector, which is also one of the largest consumers of natural resources.

According to IGBC, government buildings that have adopted IGBC green building ratings are Commissioner of Industries Bhavan in Abids, Secunderabad, Hyderabad and Kacheguda Railway Stations, Rail Nilayam Building and Rajiv Gandhi International Airport.

Other private organizations adopting the ratings include Capgemini, Dell, Waverock, DE Shaw, K Raheja IT Park Mindspace, Inorbit Mall, Jayabheri-The Peak, My Home Avatar, Aparna Sarovar, Cybercity-Rainbow Vistas at Rock Garden and many more. others.

C Shekar Reddy, Chairman, IGBC Hyderabad Chapter, urges all stakeholders in the construction industry to adopt the IGBC Green rating system for their current and upcoming construction projects to achieve energy and environmental savings. water by up to 40%, reduce operating costs and conserve natural resources. resources for future generations. Even existing buildings can go green to lessen their environmental impact, he says.

The IGBC’s green and net zero ratings cover design, construction, operation and maintenance aspects and are now synonymous with sustainability in the construction industry. The guidelines are developed taking into account the five elements of nature — earth, air, fire, water and sky — and their influence on the building environment.

Some measures to be adopted as part of green building standards include prevention of soil and topsoil erosion, landscaping, vertical gardening, rainwater collection pit, sewage treatment plant , the solar panels on the roof, the design of windows for good daylight and cross ventilation for fresh air.

Meanwhile, the IGBC has introduced four net-zero focused rating schemes targeting energy, water, waste and carbon framework. It has 30 holistic green rating systems that cover all building typologies and building environments. This ensures that buildings and built environments in all sectors of society can go green, whether it is high-end offices, shopping malls or resorts, a single-family home, a a school or even a village.

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