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“Research needed to promote green building movement”

(From left) Anand Sundaresan, chairman, CII Chennai Zone; C N Raghavendran, chairman, CII-IGBC Chennai Chapter; and J. R. Sethuramalingam, vice-president-south, Builders Association of India, at a conference in Chennai on Wednesday. — Photo: R. Ravindran

(From left) Anand Sundaresan, chairman, CII Chennai Zone; C N Raghavendran, chairman, CII-IGBC Chennai Chapter; and J. R. Sethuramalingam, vice-president-south, Builders Association of India, at a conference in Chennai on Wednesday. — Photo: R. Ravindran  

Path-breaking research, development, innovation and out-of-the box thinking was necessary to take forward the green building movement, said C.N. Raghavendran, partner of C.R. Narayana Rao Architect on Wednesday.

Delivering the inaugural address at a conference on ‘Green Buildings' organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Chennai Zone along with Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), its chairman Mr. Raghavendran said the need of the hour was to create new products by using differently the existing materials and evolving new systems.

“Research should be undertaken on the better application of rapidly reusable materials such as bamboo in the construction industry. The traditional materials will not take us anywhere. Research on how to use it differently, such as laminated bamboo will lead to the development of sustainable products from renewable and home-grown materials. Besides, new systems and process should be developed to produce steel and cement with far less energy consumption,'' he said.

Mentioning that significant achievements have been made in the green building movement, he said much more had to be done to face the emerging challenges of greater urbanisation.

The proposed industrial corridors along Mumbai-Delhi, Mumbai-Pune and Chennai-Bangalore and the new townships and industrial complexes would give the green building movement extremely challenging role in the years to come. It would also provide lot of opportunities to develop new products, materials, systems and adoption of renewable energy sources.

K. Karthikeyan, Joint Chief Environmental Engineer of Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board, said the answer to many of the major environmental challenges such as waste management, reduced use of water and energy could be found in the green building concept.

“We have to spread the concept not by enforcement but by creation of awareness about its enormous benefits to the environment and society. The green building concept would play a greater role in building sustainable Chennai and other cities. The State government's programme of centralised processing of the huge quantity of solid waste generated daily in the city is a challenge. This challenge could be addressed by managing and segregating the waste at the source itself,” he said.

M. Anand, senior counsellor, IGBC CII-Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre, Hyderabad, said the council has been working with a vision of ushering in a green building movement and to make India as one of the world leaders in it by 2015. So far, the progress has been impressive with 1,217 registered buildings, 176 certified buildings and 843.72 million sq.ft green building foot print.

Anand Sundaresan, Chairman of CII Chennai Zone, differentiated green building from a conventional building and said that Chennai was heading the list with more number of green buildings. The concept was spreading to different building sectors such as residential, hospitality and healthcare and factories.

R. Vairavan, Member, Energy and Environment Panel of CII Chennai Zone, said that the industry should take into consideration the life cycle value of a green building and its contribution to environmental sustainability while implementing the project.

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