One of the most significant types of benefits provided by green buildings is to our climate and natural surroundings. Green buildings not only minimize or eliminate negative environmental consequences by using less water, energy, or natural resources, but they can also have a positive environmental impact (at the building or city sizes) by generating their own energy or boosting biodiversity. To discuss this issue, The Policy Times with Council of Architecture (COA), GRC India, Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), GRIHA, NAREDCO, SEPC, CREDAI, Alumni Association of JNU (AAJ), BRICS-CCI, IAAPC, ELFI jointly organized Webinar on Current Environment Legislation & Regulations W.R.T Building & Construction/Township Sector for Sustainable & Self-Reliant India (SRI)” on Saturday, December 11th, 2021.
Hon’ble Justice Mr. Sheo Kumar Singh, Judicial Member, National Green Tribunal, GoI spoke on various projects containing green credentials. He also talked about how sustainable design reduces the negative impact on the environment by improving building performance especially given importance to reducing consumption of non-reliable resources and creating a healthy effective environment.
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Dr. Sujith Kr Bajpayee, Joint Secretary, MoEF&CC, highlighted the liberal policies to the building sector in India and for environmental clearances. “At the village level we need to have a policy. The next step is the capacity of the area which event involves the social and intangible aspects”.
The main root is to develop the villages with infrastructure and other aspects to improve quality livelihood. He also stated that when it comes to the environment, we only talk about planting, but we should move toward ESG which stands for Environmental, Social, and Governance.
“A development we are trying to put forward that is environment friendly, ecologically appropriate, energy-saving in a very large way and we should try to see how this can be looked after to deal with this particular and this is why the most important framework of revolution beyond the safety parameters to get into this environment”, stated Shri. V Suresh, Chairman, Indian Green Building Council.
Bringing the policies of sustainability and self-reliance and its implementation, AR. Khan Habeeb Ahmed, President, Council of Architecture said, “the problem is not the cities or the migration, but the base root is the migration from the rural areas. Policies should even be looked at”.
He mainly focuses on the issues of sustainability and self-reliance. sustainable living for self-reliable India through perfect policies. He stressed further, “A lot of investigation as an architect is a must. This supports the cause of not only sustainability but also making a comprehensive documentation of the construction techniques before globalization”.
Mr. Sanjay Seth, Sr. Director, Sustainable Habitat TERI & CEO GRIHA Council, stated that development should be made but should never affect the environment. He focused on consumers’ needs as it is the most important entity as they take the decision as to why we should go for more energy-efficient appliances as it cuts down the cost.
Also, He stresses the net-zero emissions at the COP26 by 2070 and the implications of climate and climate impacts in accordance with resource efficiency.
Dr. Dhiraj Kumar Singh, Managing Director of GRC India and General Secretary of the Alumni Association of JNU highlighted sustainability and livelihood. the important aspects that should sustain and for these industries should also run keeping in mind the environment perspective.
He also stated about the big decision taken at the COP26 Glasgow where Hon. Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented India’s agenda to tackle climate change in which India will achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2070. He further elaborated, “Despite many natural disasters like earthquakes, floods, etc, we cannot stop the development as it is needed for economic reform and GDP to increase. we need to bridge this gap and connect them through a platform that can refine things and facilitate day-to-day decision making and make them easier to work. There are a plethora of knowledgeable experts available. The only thing required is synergy and synchronization”.
Our dwellings must become more sustainable if we are to attain net-zero emissions by 2050. Homeowners, as well as home builders, property developers, architects, and contractors, play critical roles in this endeavor. There are solutions available today that will allow us to make our homes not just smart, but also sustainable.
Other eminent panelists include Prof. A.K Maitra, Former Director, School of Planning & Architecture, Shri. Rajan N Bandelkar, President NAREDCO, Chairman, Environment, Shri. Shantilal Kataria, Vice President, CREDAI National, Dr. J.S Kamyotra, Ex-ms, CPCB, member EAC industry-1, MoEF&CC, GoI, Shri. Manish Kaneriya, Chairman, Policy Advocacy, MoEF&CC, CREDAI National, SH. A.K Jha, Quality Council of India, Prof. Jayashree Deshpande, Director, Council of Architect Training & Research Centre, Shri. Rajiv Kumar, IFS, Chairman, Secretary, SEAC, UP, Shri. V.K Gupta, Chairman, SEAC, Haryana, Dr. Vijay Kulkarni, Chairman, SEAC, Maharashtra, Dr. R.K Chauhan, Director & Secretary, SEAC, Haryana, Dr. B.B.L. Madhukar, Director General, Brics, were present.
At the end of the discussion, Mr. Oman Mathur, representative of GRC shared two important environmental initiatives that have been done for the environment regime. The two green tools are GRC Green Tip which is a technical interactive platform and the second one is Green ERP. A brief was given on Green Tip, it is specially made for handling all environmental queries. This tool will be a one-stop solution for all queries, consent to operate, and all other environmental queries which will be answered by a pool of experts at a specific time.
The second one is Green ERP, it is a tool to handle and keep a track of all the environmental compliances associated with environmental clearances, be it green building and all others that are associated with environmental requirements that any stakeholders need to take care of. Here the stakeholders like builders will be able to see and track all the work to be done and GRC being on the administrative side will guide on how to handle and tackle all env compliance conditions. It is done to make life much easier which is the basic objective of the GRC to answer all queries.
The Policy Times Current Environmental Legislationship & Regulations W.R.T Building & Construction/township sector for sustainable and self-reliant India concluded that green buildings are more energy-efficient than typical buildings and may cut operating costs, improve income, and limit exposure to the physical and transition dangers posed by climate change and pandemics. These features may raise the value of green buildings, making them more valuable as credit assets and collateral.
The program was moderated by the Founder & Editor of The Policy Times Mr. Akram Hoque.