“Don’t just build, create an environment,” said Municipal Commissioner S. Panda Das on Wednesday. He addressed stakeholders at the inaugural of a day-long seminar on ‘green buildings,’ organised by Confederation of Indian Industry in association with CREDAI Vijayawada and Indian Green Building Council (IGBC).

“We as a society need to be more aware of our civic duties in the day-to-day maintenance of our surroundings and in the city. Mere taking up an activity to build is not enough, we must create an environment which is sustainable,” he insisted.

CII GBC Senior Counsellor M. Anand in his theme address, threw light on various ‘Green Business’ initiatives of the CII GBC in the last decade and half and said that India had a huge potential in this area.

“Green buildings have come up in our country in an area of roughly 1.2 billion sq. ft and this area is expected to increase manifold over the next decade”, he said.

Vijayawada Zone CII Chairman B. S. Koteswara Rao dwelt at length on various challenges in green constructions. He said that easy availability of green products was key to achieving the target of green buildings movement.

Chairman of CREDAI Siva Reddy, developers and builders of Vijayawada were keen on exploring the benefits of Green Buildings and would extend their full support to the IGBC and implementation of global standards in modern day construction.

The seminar also deliberated on various topics. Over 100 delegates from the construction and builders’ community attended the seminar.