Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Chandigarh India: May make green buildings compulsory

UT administration may make green buildings compulsory

Dec 21, 2010 - UT administration plans to make construction of green buildings mandatory in the city. The architecture department is already in the process of finalizing the building code.

Besides, a proposal to make all city residents include features of energy conservation building code in upcoming commercial and residential structures for reducing power consumption is being finalized. The codes being followed by Haryana and Hyderabad have already been studied.

The upcoming block 'B' of Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) in Sector 9 and an auditorium in Panjab University will be the first two energy-efficient buildings in Chandigarh. Besides, at least four houses complying with the green building norms are under construction.

A team of CHB officials had recently visited Hyderabad to hold discussions with members of Indian Green Building Council (IGBC). On advice of the principal councillor there, CHB decided to engage expert architects for construction planning services, with a separate

consultant focusing on proof-checking the green-rated buildings. It was resolved that elements that cut down on everyday cost would form part of the structures, said a UT official. {continued}

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