Mumbai’s 11 government buildings which include Vidhan Bhavan, Mantralaya’s annex building and new administrative building at Nariman Point, and the Traffic Police’s headquarters at Worli have received green rating from the Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) Council.
There are about 45,000 government owned buildings in Maharashtra and of these, 300 have been converted into green structures. The Maharashtra Sadan in New Delhi too has been made green. Further, 122 new buildings have been given the green label.
A ‘green’ building is a building that, in its design, construction or operation, reduces or eliminates negative impacts, and can create positive impacts, on our climate and natural environment. Any building can be a green building, whether it’s a home, an office, a school, a hospital, a community centre, or any other type of structure, provided it includes Green features.
The Maharashtra state government and GRIHA Council had signed a memorandum of understanding in January 2018 and June 2018, to convert existing state-owned buildings to green ones, and ensure all new buildings adhere to green building norms during construction. Since then the state government started upgrading its existing buildings based on the GRIHA Council’s pre-requisites. Further, all new constructions in the state will be based on Green parameters.
GRIHA is a rating tool that helps people assesses the performance of their building against certain nationally acceptable benchmarks. It evaluates the environmental performance of a building holistically over its entire life cycle, thereby providing a definitive standard for what constitutes a ‘green building’. The rating system, based on accepted energy and environmental principles, will seek to strike a balance between the established practices and emerging concepts, both national and international.