Kerala to encourage concept of green buildings with incentives

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Trivandrum: The Kerala Government would encourage the concept of Green Buildings and that it can consider giving incentives to such buildings. This was announced by the Chief Minister, Shri Oommen Chandy after inaugurating the awareness programme on Concept of Green Buildings here jointly organized by Government of Kerala, Industries Department, KINFRA, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Indian Green Building Council (IGBC).

In order to encourage such eco- friendly construction activities in industrial sector, KINFRA has commenced construction of buildings in Kochi and Palakkad having 1.5 lakh sq ft and 1 lakh sq ft area respectively. Non availability of building construction materials coupled with inefficient usage of energy and water are posing severe setbacks and challenges to the construction sector in the State. This is causing delays in crucial development activities also. At this juncture, the CM also reminded that development process should give due consideration to environment protection.

Minister for Industries & IT, Shri P K Kunhalikutty, stressed the need to preserve the environment and lauded the efforts of Industries department in this direction and assured all possible encouragement for its successful implementation. Every developments activity shall be in line with preserving and optimum utilization of the natural resources, he added. The Industries Department has already adopted the concept of ‘Go Green’ and all the buildings constructed in future shall be in line with this concept.

The other key speakers at the programme were P H Kurian IAS, Principal Secretary – Industries & IT; Thomas John Muthoot, Vice Chairman, CII Trivandrum Zone; B R Ajit, Chairman – IGBC Cochin Chapter; C N Raghavendran, Chairman – IGBC Chennai Chapter; Rajan Venkateswaran, Head – Center for Excellence, L&T Ltd; S Ramnath, MD of KINFRA.

Suryanarayana Murthy, Principal Architect, Kshetra Consultants shared his experience on how he transformed office of the Commisionerate of Industries in Hyderabad to a green historic building. M Selvarasu, Director, Lead Consultancy & Engineering Services (I) Pvt Ltd Green Buildings made a presentation on Economic Sense – Optimizing green cost. Shreeganesh V Nair, Chief Consultant, Ganesh Technical Consultancy Services briefed on Green Certification for Existing buildings. A M Narayanan Head – Energy Efficiency Division Energy Management Centre explain about Energy Conservation Building Code.

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