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In Surat, about 30 top builders have come forward to adopt the green practices in their building work and projects. And the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) Surat chapter is going to be started in the city on September 10.
Surat has sanctioned 8,62,000 square metres of space for high-rise constructions since 2009 and 5,76,000 square meters for low rise constructions, but there are just four projects that are under the scrutiny of IGBC for Leed Certification, a green building rating system.
Under the leadership of South Gujarat Chamber of commerce and Industries and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the process for starting Surat chapter of IGBC will start on September 10. Velji Sheta, president of Surat Builders Association (SBA) says that though the adopting of green practices will increase the cost of the project by eight to ten per cent, but it is beneficial for all in the long run. It helps to save energy, he says.
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