Developers opt for green buildings in Telangana

Posted: Posted Date – 12:22 AM, Sat – Oct 1, 22

Work is underway in the integrated complex of the Secretariat of State which bears the name of the Father of the Constitution, Dr. BR Ambedkar. (Photo: Anand Dharmana)

Hyderabad: Green buildings are now almost traditional. Starting with the CII-Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Center building in Hyderabad, the building’s environmental footprint has touched 8.3 billion square feet with over 8,250 projects adopting green principles. In Telangana, there are 543 registered green building projects. These cover 356 million square feet.

“People are focusing on healthy living spaces. Adopting green principles has an impact on health. More natural light, efficient air conditioning, less emissions – all contribute to good health,” said C Shekhar Reddy, Chairman of the Hyderabad Chapter of the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC).

The cost of green materials has gone down. In addition, the choice has expanded. The number of professionals who can also advise on options has touched 6,000 with about 500 in Telangana. Depending on the materials and best practices chosen, the rating is classified as platinum, gold or silver.

“There is virtually no cost difference between green building products and conventional building products in luxury and large projects. Price parity is tough for the affordable housing segment right now,” did he declare.

Why green buildings? There is growing evidence that green buildings conserve resources and also improve the health and well-being of occupants. The spotlight is on people and their wellbeing as well as net zero emissions, said Shekar Reddy, who is also co-chair of the industry event “Green Building Congress 2022”.

Green buildings result in energy savings of 30-50% and water savings of 20-30%, as well as improved health and productivity of 12-16% and reduced carbon emissions.

In Telangana

Secunderabad Railway Station is India’s first IGBC Platinum grade railway station. Telangana Police Command Control Center is a green building. The new Secretariat that the State is preparing will be a green structure. The brewing diya-shaped Telangana Martyrs’ Memorial is also a green structure. No less than 14 integrated collector complexes are also designed according to ecological principles.

The IGBC has urged the construction industry, which accounts for around 22% of carbon emissions, to adopt green rating systems for their current and future construction projects. This will also contribute to the conservation of natural resources. Even existing buildings can go green with renovations to lessen environmental impact. Among others, the Telangana Industrial Infrastructure Corporation, the nodal agency for industrial development, has been proactive with renovations in existing industrial parks and clusters.

Green Building Congress

IGBC will hold the 20th edition of Green Building Congress 2022 at Hyderabad International Convention Center from 20-22 October. The theme of the event is “Promoting Net Zero Buildings and the Built Environment”. About 3,000 delegates are expected for the conferences and more than 10,000 visitors to the exhibition.

Architects, builders, developers, engineers, contractors, planners, consultants, green product manufacturers, IT companies, educational institutions and others will be part of the 3-day event, according to IGBC Executive Director KS Venkatagiri and Deputy Executive Director M Anand.

Marjorie N. McClure