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The three-day international conference and exhibition of the 15th edition of Green Building Congress 2017was inaugurated today by Rajpal Singh Shekhawat, Hon’ble Minister for Industry, NRI & Govt. Enterprise, Government of Rajasthan.

Speaking at the occasion, Shekhawat said, “Government of Rajasthan is committed is facilitate sustainable development of the State.  The Government has introduced a slew of measures, including offering 5% additional FAR (Floor Area Ratio) for projects under JDA (Jaipur Development Authority). It’s encouraging to see that, the State of Rajasthan has already 83 IGBC registered projects with a footprint of 103 million sq. ft. of green buildings making Rajasthan the role model for other states. Awareness about the importance and benefits of adopting the green building concept is very important to further this growth, he underlined. Initiatives of IGBC is playing a pioneer role in spearheading the green movement in India, he added.

Appreciating CII’s support to the Government of Rajasthan in its growth initiatives, Gajendra Singh Khimsar, Hon’ble Minister for Environment & Forest, Government of Rajasthan said, “India, which is currently the 2nd largest country in the world with Green Building footprint of 4.68 billion sq. ft, has the potential to be the world leader soon. Rajasthan has taken a leadership position in this area and can play a significant role in helping the country to achieve IGBC’s vision of 10 billion sq. feet green built up environment by 2022. Government of Rajasthan is glad to offer all the possible support to IGBC in making India a global leader in green buildings, he added.

Suresh, Chairman, Policy & Advocacy Committee, IGBC said, “The green building movement should not just be urban centric, it should reach villages and rural part of India. With these objectives, IGBC on one hand has been driving initiatives to introduce various rating systems customized to meet the requirements of different types of built environment including IGBC green building village rating system. At the same time, our effort has been to create opportunities for market transformation and make green building affordable to ensure greater participation.”

In a presentation made by Raghupathy, Dy. Director General, CII IGBC requested the Government of Rajasthan to extend the FAR incentive for green buildings to cover the rest of State.  He also emphasized that all the Government buildings in Rajasthan to go green.

Sharing his views Ar. Tai Lee Siang, Chair, World Green Building Council said, “India has made significant progress in promoting the adoption of green building practice and to take it to the next level, we need to make green building a part of our tradition by going beyond the business case”.

Applauding the IGBC efforts and achievements, Terri Wills, CEO, World Green Building Council said “The Asia – pacific region which includes India, is one of the fastest growth regions in the green building space.  WorldGBC is driving the mission of ensuring green building for “everyone-everywhere”. India, one of the first founding members of WGBC, has been playing a vital role in accelerating the global green building movement.”

A rating program for healthy buildings for occupants, “IGBC Healthy Building Rating” was launched during the inaugural proceedings. The program evaluates buildings on the metric of people-centric design, and on the incorporation of elements that address energy consumption, water use and waste management in a sustainable manner.

The day was also marked by felicitating organizations with Green Championship awards to recognize their efforts in green building movement in India. The awards were given to Indian railways, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, SBI, Reliance Industries Limited, ICICI, Carrier- United Technologies, Agarwal & Agarwal Interior Designer, RP Sanjiv Goenka Group, Godrej Green Building Consultancy Services, Thomas Associates Architects and Orbit Group.

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