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Coimbatore gets green building centre

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COIMBATORE: The Confederation of Indian Industry - Indian Green Building Council (CII – IGBC) is hopeful of the country having 1.2 billion sq.ft of green building space by the end of next year.

Chairman of the CII-IGBC Prem C. Jain told The Hindu here on Friday that the centre was looking at having green building space (in terms of sq.ft) in the country equal to the population by 2012. Hence, of the 1.2 billion sq.ft targeted, 700 million sq.ft of registered green building space were coming up in the country. The remaining space would be achieved by the end of next year.

There were about 150 green buildings in the country certified and in operation.

The IGBC had Centres of Excellence across the country. India was a large country and dissemination of information and passion would be localised if the IGBC operated in just one city. Hence, the council was opening centres across the country and Coimbatore was the 12 {+t} {+h} one.

C.N. Raghavendran, Chairman of the IGBC Chennai Chapter, said green building norms were not mandatory and compliance with the norms was voluntary.

There were certain pre-requisites starting from maintaining the eco-system of the site.

The advantages of green building should get reflected in investments. It should be a win-win situation for all.

Awareness was increasing and several builders and promoters were going in for green buildings as the operative costs were lower. This included industrial, commercial, residential, local body and infrastructure space.

Rajesh Lund, Director of Srivari Infrastructure, and chairman of the Coimbatore chapter of the IGBC, said the council had 18 members in Coimbatore. Coimbatore and Tirupur districts together already had three certified green building projects and six more were registered for certification. The co-chair of the Coimbatore chapter will be A. Sridharan, Managing Director of Covai Property Centre.

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