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Government to promote green building policy

September 26, 2013

Government to promote green building policy

The state government is all set to implement the Green Building Policy, mooted by the Public Works Department (PWD), with the intention of promoting eco-friendly techniques aimed at energy conservation. There are also plans to install energy-saving equipment at the existing government offices, which will help save energy. The proposal for extending relaxation in construction of building and tax deductions for private buildings are also under government consideration.

According to the Green Policy, the state can announce annual awards for local bodies, including Corporations, municipalities and other urban bodies which are involved in undertaking green building activities. It was also proposed that the government take necessary steps to signing a MoU with Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) Secretariat in the presence of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) for large-scale promotion of green buildings in the state and to get all new important buildings rated.

When compared to the amount spent for power generation, the green building concept will reduce the expenditure of the government. In the future, the consumption of power will be through alternative energy, says green building expert B R Ajith, chairman of Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) ? Cochin Chapter.

Read more at Eco-Business.

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