IGBC and IIID partner to underline the need for green and healthy indoor spaces

India will add another 75 billion sq. ft. by 2030 and we are shouldering a huge responsibility to make it green, said Dr. Jain.

May 30, 2014 10:40 IST | India Infoline News Service
Delivering his keynote address at the Conference on ‘Green Interiors’ jointly organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) and Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID), Dr. Prem C. Jain, Chairman, IGBC said that India will achieve 10 billion sq. ft. of green space by the year 2022.
“India is already having a green space of 2.1 billion and our aim is to scale it up to 10 billion sq. ft. by 2022. In this journey, it is important that wecreate this space in the most sustainable manner,” Observed Dr. Jain. “India will add another 75 billion sq. ft. by 2030 and we are shouldering a huge responsibility to make it green,” said Dr. Jain. 
“It is important that we look locally for materials than opting for imported products. Our country is blessed with priceless heritage materials in various parts of our country and we must make use of them,” Dr. Jain was referring to the abundant natural resources like bamboos, canes etc. available in the North East.
He underlined the importance of recycling and reuse as a solution for waste management. “We can recycle cement, plumbing materials, wood etc. instead of dumping it and creating waste. It is our duty to create a green environment for the new generation to grow up. Green interior means cost effective, interiors with fresh air, sunshine and a healthy life style,” Dr. Jain concluded.
In his Theme Address – ‘Health, Comfort and Sustainably Built Indoors’, Ar. Nitin Saolapurkar, National President, IIID and Chairman, ‘Green Interiors Conference’ mentioned that interior design is important because people spend most of the time in indoors and quality indoor can lead to healthy environment. “IIID and IGBC are committed to work together in creating green and healthy indoor spaces,” added Ar. Saolapurkar.
“India has emerged as one of the top countries pursuing the path of green buildings,” observed Ar. Saolapurkar.  “The challenges before us are to save resources, preserve and create a healthy environment.” “Cradle to cradle is the design philosophy today, not cradle to grave,” he emphasised the importance of waste management and said ‘Green Interiors’ is aimed to offer such solutions.
In his welcome address, Gurmit Singh, Co-Chair, IGBC Mumbai Chapter observed that by 2030, India will be having around 68 urban cities and underlined the importance of protecting the environment.

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