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IGBC leading the charge towards sustainable buildings

IGBC leading the charge towards sustainable buildings

As the Associate Chief Manager of Sustainability, Ar. Joshi suggests advanced sustainable practices and the integration of eco-friendly solutions in construction projects, which significantly impact environmental conservation and sustainable development.

What role do you see technology playing in the future of green building designs, and how is IGBC adapting to incorporate emerging technologies into its certification process?
The pivotal role of green technology in shaping the future of construction towards sustainability. It emphasises the importance of net-zero energy buildings and carbon-positive structures in mitigating climate change and resource depletion. Technology, including materials and building management system advancements, is identified as a key enabler of more efficient and environmentally responsible construction practices. Moreover, it discusses the IGBC Green New Buildings rating system, which prioritises water conservation, waste management, energy efficiency, reduced fossil fuel usage, and occupant health and well-being. The Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) continuously updates its certification process to incorporate emerging technologies and promote eco-friendly construction practices.

Could you discuss any recent developments or updates to IGBC certification standards and how they reflect evolving best practices in sustainable architecture?
IGBC continually evolves its certification standards to reflect emerging best practices in sustainable architecture. This may include incorporating new technologies, materials, and design principles that enhance energy efficiency, water conservation, indoor air quality, and environmental sustainability. Additionally, IGBC often updates its standards to align with global sustainability trends and standards, ensuring that buildings certified by IGBC meet or exceed international benchmarks for sustainable design and construction.

How does the IGBC address the unique challenges and opportunities of implementing green building designs in diverse geographical regions and climate zones?
The Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) addresses the challenges and opportunities of implementing green building designs in diverse geographical regions and climate zones through various means. This includes,

Climate-Specific Guidelines: IGBC provides climate-specific guidelines for different regions, considering factors such as temperature, humidity, and rainfall patterns. This ensures that green building designs are optimised for local conditions.

Regional Adaptation: IGBC encourages the adaptation of green building practices to suit regional characteristics, such as traditional building techniques and materials, to ensure cultural relevance and acceptance.

Education and Training: IGBC offers education and training programmes to construction industry professionals, equipping them with the knowledge and skills needed to implement green building designs effectively in diverse climates.

Research and Innovation: IGBC promotes research and innovation in green building technologies and practices, fostering the development of solutions tailored to specific climate challenges.

Policy Advocacy: IGBC engages with policymakers to advocate for supportive policies and regulations that incentivise and facilitate the adoption of green building practices across different regions and climate zones. By addressing these aspects, IGBC aims to promote sustainable and environmentally friendly building practices suitable for diverse geographical regions and climate conditions.

Looking ahead, what are your hopes and aspirations for the future of green building design, both within the IGBC and the broader architectural community?
The future of green building, guided by organisations like the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), focuses on energy efficiency, renewable resources, eco-friendly materials, and human well-being. Architects aim for innovation, collaboration, and inclusivity, pushing sustainability boundaries with technology and nature integration. They aspire to adopt green practices, promoting social equity and resilience globally.

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