Globally the Green Movement started in 1990 with the establishment of the first Green Building rating system, BREEAM in the U.K., followed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in 1993. The Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) was instituted in 2001. IGBC which is a part of the CII- Godrej Green Business Centre, Hyderabad, is actively involved in promoting the green building concept in India.
MEMBERS – The IGBC has around 462 members and headed by a Chairman, the present one being Dr. Prem C. Jain. The Council operates on a consensus based approach and is member driven. The Council is represented by all stake holders of the construction industry comprising corporate, government agencies, leading Architects, Product manufacturers and Institutions.
LEED- Green Buildings are scored by rating systems such as the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system developed by the USGBC. India got it’s first USGBC LEED Certified Platinum Rated Green Bulding for the CII Sohrabji Godrej Green Building Centre in Hyderabad in 2004. IGBC has been working on LEED- India for the past 3 years. LEED India for New Construction (LEED India NC) was formally launched in January 2007 and LEED Core &Shell (LEED CS). Projects in India are accepted for certification under the LEED-India rating system.
FOCUS – The Green Building Movement in India has gained tremendous momentum in the last 5 years ever since the Godrej Green Business Centre, Hyderabad received the prestigious USGBC LEED rating. The ‘Platinum Rating’ has sensitized the stakeholders of the construction industry and today a variety of Green Building projects are coming up in India.
VISION – The Vision of the Council is to usher in and facilitate a Green Building revolution in India, so that it will emerge as one of the world leaders in Green Buildings by 2010. The IGBC has specified the following targets :
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