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IGBC & CREDAI join forces for greener future

IGBC & CREDAI join forces for greener future

G. S. Sameeran, IAS, Joint Commissioner (Works), Greater Chennai Corporation says, “It’s not just about the government’s responsibility in promoting uptake; it’s about integrating sustainable practices into the fabric of society.”

The Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), founded on the age-old wisdom of Panchabhuta, is still at the forefront of sustainable development in Chennai and beyond. IGBC weaves the elements of Earth (Prithvi), Water (Jal), Fire (Agni), Air (Vayu), and Space (Akasha) into a tapestry of sustainable design principles with a mission that surpasses traditional bounds.

IGBC’s effort, in partnership with CREDAI, is well-positioned to help millions of people find meaningful employment in a more environmentally conscious and sustainable future. This coincides with IGBC’s objective and also marks CREDAI’s 25th anniversary. The core of IGBC’s work is the conviction that habitats may be developed to support both people and the earth by harmonising Energy, Earth, and Expanses. Beyond just building, green building practices support a whole sustainable ecosystem that supports the growth of related businesses including renewable energy, the production of sustainable materials, and the development of green technologies.

Prominent figures from the industry, policymakers, and advocates were present at this lively event, including the chief guest, G. S. Sameeran, IAS, Joint Commissioner (Works), Greater Chennai Corporation; guest of honour, Sridharan Swaminathan, National VP, South Zone, CREDAI; Dr. T Arul, Executive Committee, CREDAI, Chennai; Ar. C N Raghavendran, Managing Director, CRN & Past Chairman, IGBC – Chennai Chapter; Ajit Kumar Chordia, Chairman, IGBC – Chennai Chapter; Mahesh Anand, Co-Chairman, IGBC – Chennai Chapter; Sampath Kumar, Senior Counsellor, CII – IGBC; and K. V. Sreedatta, Associate Counsellor, IGBC Secretariat, who talked about Chennai’s progress towards a greener, more sustainable future.

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Sridharan Swaminathan, National VP, South Zone, CREDAI, emphasised, “Green buildings foster an ecosystem of sustainability, and is not just about its construction. They catalyse allied industries like renewable energy and green technology, creating job opportunities in various roles. CREDAI’s initiative, aligned with IGBC, aims to create a greener, more sustainable future, celebrating CREDAI’s 25th anniversary and registering projects that integrate these norms.”

Maximising the use of available space and prolonging the life of buildings are critical factors in today’s urban environment. In addition to sustainable materials and technology, the local context is essential to green building activities. Buildings that can outlast their usual tenure are being prioritised, with a focus on flexibility in both form and functionality.

G. S. Sameeran, IAS, Joint Commissioner (Works), Greater Chennai Corporation, shared his thoughts, saying, “Green buildings, not only reduce environmental impact but also benefit communities, emphasising the need for society-wide integration of sustainable practices beyond government mandates. This holistic approach ensures buildings serve both their immediate purpose and contribute positively to the environment and society in the long term.” He also highlighted the importance of optimising space and prolonging building lifespans in today’s urban landscape. He stressed the significance of local context in green building initiatives, advocating for flexible designs and functionality.”

A highlight of the programme, Mahindra World City was awarded a Platinum Plaque by the IGBC Green Township Rating System for its outstanding dedication to green principles. Urbanrise, an IGBC Founding Member, received recognition for its persistent commitment to sustainable development and for embracing the Green Building Movement.

With a technical session on important themes like addressing the Urban Heat Island Effect & Urban Landscaping and Planning, Exploring Sustainable Architectural Planning & Low-carbon Design Materials for enhanced daylighting & ventilation, and understanding IGBC Standards, Energy Saving Methodologies, and the Transition towards Net Zero, the event promoted stimulating discussions in the spirit of collaboration and innovation.

IGBC continues to lead Chennai’s transition to a sustainable future by promoting green development and clearing the path for a better now and tomorrow.

For more information, visit: https://igbc.in/

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