IGBC launches certification initiative ‘Nest’ to promote eco-friendly housing

The annual IGBC Green Building Congress 2023 will provide a platform for the construction industry stakeholders in the country to create a sustainable building environment for achieving net zero carbon emission goals, says chairman of IGBC Chennai chapter

November 15, 2023 10:19 pm | Updated November 16, 2023 01:15 am IST - CHENNAI

To promote sustainable and eco-friendly constructions in the domestic housing sector, the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) of the Confederation of Indian Industry launched a rating and certification initiative ‘Nest’ on Wednesday.

Ajit Kumar Chordia, chairman of IGBC Chennai chapter, unveiled the eco-friendly rating and certification initiative Nest as part of the annual conference proposed to be held at Chennai Trade Centre, Nandambakkam, from November 23 to 25.

Mr. Chordia said the annual IGBC Green Building Congress 2023, which will be held in the city after a gap of 10 years, would provide a platform for the construction industry stakeholders in the country to create a sustainable building environment for achieving net zero carbon emission goals.

He said the green building rating and certification programmes being covered under 31 categories encompassing commercial space, factories, railway stations, special economic zones (SEZs), and schools, have achieved a green building footprint of 10.42 billion square feet in over 11,586 projects. In the city alone, the Dr. MGR Chennai Central railway station, the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras campus, and Ramakrishna Mission School, are some of the green concept buildings, he added.

M. Anand, Deputy Executive Director, IGBC, said ‘Nest’ would help pave the way for individual house owners and the residential sector to adopt green building features in a big way to help in bringing down electricity consumption, water usage and creating a healthy living space.

Mahesh Anand, co-chairman of IGBC Chennai chapter, said that as part of the conference, the Chennai Corporation is planning to construct new public conveniences featuring the green building concept under the gold rating standard.

The Tamil Nadu government will be the partner State for the Green Building congress 2023. The World Green Building Council will be the support partner.

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