The Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), formed by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has claimed that as on date, there are 5,975 projects, equivalent to 7.55 billion sq ft of green buildings and green built environment in the country. These green projects, from the government and private sector, have adopted IGBC’s rating systems such as green homes, green new buildings, green healthcare facilities, green schools, green factory buildings, green campuses, green townships, green cities, etc.
IGBC, part of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) was formed in the year 2001 to enable a sustainable built environment for all and facilitate India to be one of the global leaders in the sustainable built environment by 2025. The council offers a wide array of services which include developing new green building rating programmes, certification services and green building training programmes.
Till date, IGBC has launched 26 holistic ratings catering to the design, construction and operation of almost all project typologies. IGBC is also a founding member of World Green Building Council (the nodal body of country councils from across the globe). IGBC has set itself a goal to facilitate 10 billion sq ft of green building footprint by 2022.
While the concept of green was initially adopted in commercial buildings, it is now extending to varied types of buildings and communities. It may be recalled here that recently IGBC had formed a Technical committee to establish Green Residential Society rating system for existing multi dwelling residential buildings. There are millions of Residential Societies which can address resource efficiency coupled with enhancing the quality of life.
The green concepts and techniques in the building sector can help address National concerns like water efficiency, energy efficiency, and reduction in fossil fuel use, handling of consumer waste and conserving natural resources. Most importantly, these concepts can enhance occupant’s health and well-being, which is assuming greater importance.