Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation Limited (NSSCDCL) – the special purpose vehicle of Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s Smart City project, along with Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) has kicked off an initiative to make the city India’s first-of-its-kind ‘Model Green City’. The initiative saw both the organization draft plans that will boost construction of buildings in the city as per the green building norms.
Green buildings are known to for using less water, optimizing the energy deployed, efficient usage of natural resources and generating less waste matter than the convention buildings.
On Saturday, NSSCDCL board of directors signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with IGBC, a wing of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for the ‘Model Green City’ project. The two entities will work together for the next three years, as per the MoU.
Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) is a non-profit organization which was set up in 2001. It issues four types of ratings viz. certified, silver, gold and platinum to the 25 types of buildings/structures that can be constructed. At present, IGBC has more than 5,000 projects under 6.67 billion sq.ft land area all across India for green building footprint.
The MoU requires both the organizations to carry out an in-depth study to assess the green criteria of the city on the basis of green cities rating system. They will eventually suggest measures that need to be taken for achieving the highest possible rating. The plans also include conducting capacity-building (training and awareness programmes) of architects, urban planners, transport planners, engineers, contractors, MEP consultants etc.
IGBC will conduct the training of the NSSCDCL representatives and issue certification on having undergone the complete training. The two entities will then start awareness campaigns that will encourage the upcoming construction works in the city to adhere to the green building norms. The norms will also extend to structures due for renovation and retrofitting of existing buildings.
NMC, along with the two organizations, may make the green building norms a must for all kinds of construction of buildings/structures. City’s development control regulations (DCR) will require amendments to make the norms mandatory.
While speaking to TOI, CEO of NSSCDCL Ramnath Sonawane said that all buildings/structures inclusive of Smart City project’s 4,000 flats will follow the green building norms. “These structures will also help in spreading awareness about this concept,” he added.
As compared to the cost of construction of conventional buildings/structures, the cost of green buildings is only 10% more. However, the advantages of environment conservation coupled with the cost effective operations and maintenance overshadow the pinch caused by higher construction costs.
It is IGBC’s aim to make India one of the global leaders in sustainable built environment by the year 2025. The Nagpur project is a part of this endeavor.
NSSCDCL has already signed an agreement with US-based World Resources Institute (WRI), an NGO executing Global Environment Facility (GEF) project of United Nations Environment Programme, to boost energy efficient new buildings and net zero-carbon emissions for all new buildings by 2030. By 2050, even the existing buildings will be covered.
Information source: timesofindia
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