Tamil Nadu government will come out with a new policy to promote green buildings in the state by providing incentives to the builders. The government has already completed work on preparing a report to frame guidelines to promote green buildings at a cost of Rs 5 crore. The proposed guidelines will provide relaxation on floor space index (FSI) and property tax and offer other incentives in order to promote green buildings.
Green building refers to both a structure and the application of processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life-cycle: from planning to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition. Green buildings aim at efficiently using energy, water, and other resources; protecting occupant’s health and improving employee productivity; and reducing waste, pollution and environmental degradation.
The TN state government is also planning to set up shelter fund to attract private investments in building houses for lower economic groups. The government will also give additional FSI for such buildings. The state government has also decided to issue both planning permissions and building permission through a single window system. The application for planning permissions will be obtained through a portal and the scrutiny of the applications will be done through tailor-made software. Planning permissions will be issued within 45 days.