IGBC and USGBC to focus on advocacy & knowledge exchange for next 10 years

The relationship between IGBC and USGBC is further being strengthened to work on increasing the uptake of green buildings in India.

June 20, 2014 9:23 IST | India Infoline News Service
Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), part of CII, has recently crossed the milestone of 2 Billion sq. ft built-up area of green building projects registered with the Council. The larger plan and strategy of IGBC is to have 10 Billion sq ft by the year 2022 when India will be 75 years post-independence.
The relationship between IGBC and USGBC is further being strengthened to work on increasing the uptake of green buildings in India. The license agreement that IGBC had signed with USGBC in 2004 comes to an end in June 2014 and a new agreement is being signed for the next 10 years to work in the areas of advocacy, knowledge exchange and market transformation. The LEED India projects which are already registered with IGBC will be certified by IGBC till end of 2018. Starting July 1, 2014, LEED projects in India will be registered and certified directly by GBCI, the certification institute appointed by USGBC
IGBC will continue to certify projects under IGBC Homes, IGBC Townships, IGBC Factory buildings, IGBC SEZ and IGBC Landscaping.

Dr Prem C Jain, Chairman, IGBC said LEED India rating, which is for commercial buildings, forms about 25% of total built-up area registered with IGBC, for Green Building projects in India. Very soon rating systems for green schools and affordable housing segments will be launched. In light of the increasing volumes of green building projects that IGBC is handling, IGBC feels it will be better managed if the LEED rating is handled by USGBC. Hence IGBC has agreed with USGBC for them to directly handle the LEED certification.

Mahesh Ramanujam, Chief Operating Officer, USGBC and President, GBCI said Over the past 10 years, IGBC has been instrumental in mobilizing the green building movement in India and helping establish LEED India as a key driver for market transformation. We are grateful for IGBCs early support of LEED India and its ongoing leadership in India. 
He noted that GBCI has ramped up its capacity to serve the rapidly growing markets like China and India, and IGBC will accept LEED India registrations untilJune 30, and will also continue to certify LEED India projects already in the system till 2018, to ensure optimal customer experience. Ramanujam also noted that GBCI is committed to continue to grow LEED as a global, regional, local rating system.

Jamshyd N GodrejChairman, CII-Godrej GBC, stated that energy and water efficiency across all sectors of the economy is of paramount importance to India and IGBC would give a major thrust in these areas. Mr Godrej added that, by 2030 the power deficit will be more than 12% in peak load. To meet such demand, we need to add a 500 MW power plant every week for the next 10 years. This looks unlikely considering the capacity additions that have taken place during the preceding 5-year plans. IGBC and CII will address this aspect through demand side management in the energy intensive industries, green buildings, schools, homes, affordable housing etc., he said.

IGBC applauds the new thrust on renewable energy by the Govt of India and several State Governments. The decreasing trend in the cost of RE power is an encouraging step in the right direction. IGBC would work on private sector investments by the building sector so that the share of Renewable energy by 2022 is 25 % or more, said Godrej.

Godrej further added Besides the development of rating systems, the larger vision of IGBC is to put India in the International map of green buildings by offering services through advisory, demonstration of net zero-energy buildings, collaborate with bilateral and multilateral agencies on projects, training & capacity building, credentialing green building professionals, promote green products & technologies, showcase green products at our Technology Centre in Hyderabad, incubation of green building entrepreneurs, provide networking platform for members and offer world-class conferences & exhibitions.

ParasuRaman R, Founding Chairman, IGBC & Past Vice Chairman, World GBC said that today, IGBC has established its leadership role in the building sector and the sustainable built environment in particular. The last ten years of association with USGBC has been of great help & support. The next ten years would be even more challenging and full of new opportunities for which IGBC is fully equipped, he added. He also said, Over the next few years, IGBC would research and work towards making the Green Building Standards more Asia culture-cum-practise specific. This could be built up as we move forward to building a differential and potentially an USP.
S RaghupathyExecutive Director, CII-Godrej GBC, while sharing his thoughts on continuing partnership with USGBC, highlighted that the partnership with USGBC has been extraordinary and highly productive, since the first MoU was signed in 2001. Both the organisations have been mutually benefitted. USGBC and IGBC would together continue the journey on advocacy, networking, knowledge exchange and working together in World GBC fora, through a new agreement, he affirmed.

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