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Going green: City new hub of eco-friendly buildings

‘Green is the new black’ appears to be the new-age mantra. It advocates the use of renewable sources like wind, awater, solar heat and other renewable sources as against fossil fuels like coal and crude oil. With this, going green is catching up fast.

india Updated: Dec 07, 2011 00:51 IST

‘Green is the new black’ appears to be the new-age mantra. It advocates the use of renewable sources like wind, awater, solar heat and other renewable sources as against fossil fuels like coal and crude oil. With this, going green is catching up fast.

The mantra can be put to use by building green buildings. There are 62 odd green buildings in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) and many of them have applied for the practice.

The Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), one of the only two organisations that certify buildings on green quotient defines it as “one which uses less water, optimises energy efficiency, conserves natural resources, generates less waste and provides healthier spaces for occupants, as compared to a conventional building.”

The Millennium City has 15 such buildings with five of them having the highest ‘platinum’ certification of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, given by the IGBC.

The remaining are Gold and Silver certified. The prominent green buildings in Gurgaon —ITC, Wipro technologies and HSBC House have platinum certification — while Nokia India, Unitech Tower and Dabur India having Gold certification.

The Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) of The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI), the second of the two organisations, that gives green certification has certified seven buildings in Gurgaon.

SP Infotech city is a GRIHA three-star rated building in Gurgaon, while Delhi Metro Rail Corporation also has applied for the same for its upcoming HUDA City Metro station complex in the city.

“Our construction involved a wide range of resource saving strategies as we wanted to do our bit for environment-friendly development,” said Jane Schukoske, IRRAD CEO.