CII developing Green Rating system for Cities
CII in association with the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) is developing a Green Rating system for Indian cities. On the occasion of the World Habitat Day 2009, the two organisations have also come out with a ‘Green Homes Rating System’.
This is India’s first green rating programme developed exclusively for the residential sector. The theme ‘Planning our urban future’ marks this year’s World Habitat Day and there is a need to give more emphasis on Green Homes & Green Cities and the required enabling framework, which would facilitate this transition.
The Green Home Rating system can serve as an excellent tool for Urban Planning addressing the most important national priorities which include handling of consumer wastes, water conservation, conservation of resources like wood and lesser dependence on usage of virgin materials.
To add further impetus to the green building movement in India, CII-IGBC is presently involved in developing Green Rating System for Cities. Green Cities is a concept aiming to make all kinds of constructions in the city conform to green building norms for meeting the national priorities of energy, water saving, conserving natural resources and reducing pollution.
A Green Home can have tremendous benefits, both tangible and intangible. As on date, 78 IGBC Green Home Projects amounting to a built-up area of over 93 Million sq.ft. have been registered, of which 3 projects have been awarded with the CII-IGBC Green Home Ratings, while 12 projects have been Pre- Certified.
The projects are spread across various geographic and climatic regions of the country. Today, green homes in India are being designed at an incremental cost of 6-8%. Though the initial investment is slightly higher, the benefits experienced by green homes are tremendous, with substantial reduction in operational costs. The pay back period for the incremental cost is between 3 to 4 years.