New Delhi:

In a webinar, Surendra Kumar Bagde, Assistant Secretary of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, stressed that a campaign should be carried out to raise awareness of the marginal cost difference between green and conventional buildings.

He stressed that the green building concept should also be promoted in Tier II and III cities.

Bagde said all the necessary laws and regulations were in place to help developers build green buildings, according to a statement released by Naredco.

The National Real Estate Development Council (NAREDCO), the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) organized a webinar on ‘India’s Leadership in Promoting Green Buildings’.

Although the cost of green buildings is slightly higher, going green is better, these associations found. “India, now third in the world after China and Canada in terms of green buildings, could become number one by 2022,” the statement said.

The chairman of NAREDCO, Rajeev Talwar, advocated more and more green in the cities.

“In many metropolitan areas this may not be possible, but the more vertical we go, the greater the chance we will go green,” he said.

“Now urban forests are a part of life and this is where the government can intervene,” he added.

Regarding the energy savings and more environmentally friendly steps taken by the entire industry, he said that not only the use of rainwater, but also water recycling should be promoted swiftly.

Talwar said that the mass transport of his time was moving in the direction of electricity.

Rajan Bandelkar, Vice President-West, NAREDCO, said the NAREDCO brokerage committee has already signed a letter of intent with IGBC.

V Suresh, Chairman of the IGBC, expressed confidence that moving from green buildings to a green built environment will help India change the gears on its way to becoming a leader in the green building movement.

IGBC Vice Chairman Gurmit Singh Arora noted that India has been the world leader in green building movement for the past two decades, with over 7.83 billion square feet of green footprint.

“The contribution of all stakeholders, including government, developers and builders, to the green journey has been phenomenal,” he added.