Carbon emissions make for environmental concerns, and several government and private campuses are planning to adopt green building norms by next year. More than 50 buildings, including the new Telangana Secretariat, Command Control Centre, Telangana Martyrs Memorial, district headquarters buildings, and other private institutes, are taking measures to get the Indian Green Building Council’s (IGBC) ‘Green Building Approval.’Presently, the state has over 528 IGBC registered green building projects amounting to 349 million sqft of green footprint. There is an estimate that 22 percent of carbon emissions are from building sectors, which also is one of the largest consumers of natural resources.
As per IGBC, government buildings that have adopted IGBC green building ratings are the Commissioner of Industries Bhavan in Abids, the Secunderabad, Hyderabad, and Kachiguda railway station, the Rail Nilayam Building, and the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport.
Private buildings following the norms include Capgemini, Dell, Waverock, DE Shaw, K Raheja IT Par Mindspace, Inorbit Mall, Jayabheri-The Peak, My Home Avatar, Aparna Sarovar, Cybercity Rainbow Vistas at Rock Garden, and many others.
The IGBC Hyderabad Chapter urges projects to achieve energy and water savings up to 40 percent, reduce operating costs, and conserve natural resources for future generations. They urge to take into consideration the five elements – earth, air, water, fire, and sky – and their influence on the building environment.
Some measures include prevention of soil erosion, landscaping, vertical gardening, rainwater harvesting pit, sewerage treatment plant, solar rooftop panels, the design of windows for proper daylight, and cross ventilation for fresh air. Meanwhile, IGBC boasts of 30 holistic green rating systems which cover all types of buildings and building environments.