ADaRSH, in association with TERI and Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), launched the fourth edition of its flagship event - The National Conference on Green Designs at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.
Date: February 14-15, 2013
Venue: New Delhi
Organiser: ADaRSH, TERI and MNRE
The event was inaugurated by Pranab Mukherjee, President, Government of India. In his inaugural speech he dwelt on the reasons for non-implementation of a sustainable habitat in his inaugural speech. "The perceived notion of high costs of green buildings, lack of clarity in the domain of application, deficiencies in areas of integration and uniformity of various codes and standards, lack of disincentives for noncompliance, agencies and systems working in silos have added to the impediments in the implementation of sustainable habitat," he said. "Lack of awareness of expected gains is also a major obstacle alongwith large scale implementation of sustainable habitat. Adoption of GRIHA by Centre Public Works Department and National Building Construction Corporation should give a fillip to both public and private sector to construct environment friendly buildings in a big way", he added.
The two-day conference served as a platform for knowledge sharing on different aspects of the green building industry. It also facilitated multi-stakeholder partnerships and networking among governments, academia, civil society organisations and professionals from different disciplines like architecture, engineering and construction management. Besides, it highlighted some of the best practices followed by government and private projects across the country. The conference, through its it sessions on implementation challenges and potential solutions, etc. provided an opportunity for participants to interact with a wide and diverse community working on the macro and micro aspects of a green development.
The Guest of Honour for the event Dr Farooq Abdullah, Minister of New and Renewable Energy, urged everyone to work towards a new future. "We need to ensure that we work towards protecting our rich diversity ranging from climate and religion", he accentuated "The effects of global warming are dangerous, we need to start thinking and work together for a sustainable future. We should be grateful for what nature has endowed us with, and young India should strive to restore it at any cost," he further added.
Dr RK Pachauri, President, ADARSH and Director General, TERI, said, "It is of pivotal importance that we adopt the best designs patterns and efficient use of resources particularly water. Through this conference, we have to ensure that the buildings we create in the coming years incorporates the best practices and designs to ensure efficient use of resources. "It would not suit us to emulate the pattern adopted by developed countries, since our conditions are very different, and the price of energy is higher as compared to developed countries. But we have a major challenge, we need to create buildings in a manner that is sustainable that sets us apart from the rest of world," he added. On this occasion, ADaRSH also launched a new rating system for green large area developments - 'GRIHA LD'. This rating will be provided based on the net negative impact of the development. Therefore, the lower the negative impact, the higher the star rating of the proposed development.
Mili Majumdar, Director, Sustainable Habitat, TERI, said "The GRIHA LD would go beyond buildings and focus on urbanscape and habitats. It will be useful to allow urban growth with the available resources in a manner that can be called sustainable." GRIHA and SVAGRIHA awards were also conferred during the event. These awards are conferred annually for exemplary practices in various categories adopted by projects that are registered with GRIHA. The awards demonstrated environmental responsiveness, energy efficiency and for making significant efforts to adopt renewable energy integration in their respective buildings and expressed hope that others would emulate and benefit from the examples set through these buildings.
Some of the winners of the GRIHA awards under GRIHA Exemplary Practice Recognition were:
For Site Management: ITC Ltd - Hotels Division Kolkata II Project. Received by Prasad Elchetty and Prakash Kumar from ITC Hotels Division Staff Colony, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd, Chembur . Received by Ramesh Nair, Deputy General Manager, BPCL and Puneet Gupta, Senior Manager, Estates
For Passive Architectural Features: GYS Vision, Manesar. Received by Manoj Khurana, Sr Vice President- GYS Realty and Manit Rastogi, Managing Director, Morphogenesis
For Renewable Energy Integration: Indira Paryavaran Bhawan, Delhi. Received by RK Kaushal, Chief Architect and Shri Gurvinder Singh, Chief Engineer (Electrical) from project team
For Water Management: Manipal University, Jaipur. Received by Rasthogi PC, and Naveen Kumar GR from Manipal University, Jaipur
For Material application: Jagruti Light of Life Trust, Karjat. Received by Ratan Batliboi and Priya Vakil, from Jagruti Light of Life Trust, Karjat