• Green Building Congress 2012 - Green Communities for all by 2025
  • The 10th edition of Green Building Congress 2012 held on 30 October 2012 -1 November 2012 at Hyderabad was a major success, with 2,300 national and international stakeholders attending India’s flagship event on Green Buildings. The theme of this year’s Conference- ‘Green Communities for all by 2025’ was in tune with the overall vision of IGBC - to enable a sustainable built environment for all and facilitate India to be one of the global leaders in sustainable built environment by 2025.

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  • Green Building Congress 2012 - Asia’s largest Green Building Conference & Exhibition
  • IGBC as part of the out-reach programme organises Green Building Congress- Asia’s largest Green Building Conference & Exhibition on Green Buildings. The flagship event on green buildings in India is held in different cities every year with an aim to educate, inform, network and unite all the stakeholders to spearhead the green building movement in India.

    The earlier 9 editions of Green Building Congress was well received by all the stakeholders and the 10th edition of Green Building Congress 2012 is slated to be held on 30 October 2012 - I November 2012 at Hyderabad.

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  • SICI 2012 was successfully held on 2nd & 3rd August 2012
  • 3rd Annual Sustainability in Design & Construction India Summit 2012 was successfully held on 2nd & 3rd of August 2012 at Matthan hotel, Bangalore India. During the opening ceremony, Mr. M. Selvarasu Director - LEAD consultancy & Engineering Services (India), Mr. Karan Grover, Principal Karan Grover & Associates, Mr. Shiv Kumar, Senior Vice President ,FKCCI and Mr. Narendra Kumar, Director Operations ,niSpana inaugu-rated the summit by lighting the lamp followed by a opening speech from the chairperson Mr. M. Selvarasu.

    SICI is an ideal business platform with the highest profiles which niSpana India presents every year, and this summit is gradually growing up into a grand gathering for Indian construction insiders. 3rd annual SICI 2012 Summit ensures its expertise and authority, integrates the hot industrial issues, analyzes industrial problems with in-depth view, and boost’s the sustainable development of Indian construction industry. The hot issues included, Reduction of Urban Carbon Footprint, Pro’s and Con’s of Rating Systems in India, Disruptive technologies in sustainable construction, Integrating Solar & Lighting solutions to take the green building movement to a greater height in India.

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  • USHA Rinnai cooktops - Energy Efficient, Environment Friendly with low Carbon Emissions
  • Usha International and Rinnai Corporation of Japan have joined hands to launch Usha Rinnai, an International range of premium cooktops. Rinnai Corporation is the world’s largest cooktop manufacturer and Usha is a household name in the field of Appliances, Fans, Sewing Machines, Water Coolers, Electrical Pumps and Engines.

    The Usha Rinnai range of 5 models, is superior on aesthetics, using advanced Japanese technology with energy efficient burners that create non-adulterated , concentrated blue flame with a centre focus for faster cooking, saving up to 20% of precious time for its customers. Usha Rinnai cooktops are environment friendly with low carbon emissions. Usha Rinnai cook tops address the discerning customer of today who understands and appreciates an energy efficient, safe, healthy way of cooking. All models are equipped with Piezo auto ignition and flame control device. Select models come with a glass top and front glass panel with metallic knobs.

    The Usha Rinnai cook top range is available between Rs 3990 - Rs. 10890. This range is marketed through Usha showrooms and select dealers across major cities in India.
  • A brief on Natural Smoke and Heat Ventilation System
    The smoke and heat ventilation system (RWA) is classified under “preventive fire protection” and will save lives in the event of a fire. The legal foundations are the building codes, special building codes and technical regulations of the respective countries.

    The most important task of the RWA system is to discharge the products of combustion such as smoke, toxic fire gases and heat energy from the building efficiently and quickly. The risk for people trying to escape and the risk taken by fire rescue services is significantly high in buildings without a RWA system since the lack of smoke and heat ventilation system leads to an uncontrolled blazing fire, and the thick smoke that makes active and passive rescue impossible.

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  • GRIHA organises Regional Green Building Conference & Exhibition, "Innovations in Green Buildings"
  • Regional Green Building Conference & Exhibition on 'Innovations in Green Buildings - The GRIHA Approach' is a unique platform for knowledge sharing in different domains of the green building industry in the southern part of India. It is for the first time that such a regional conference is being organized to take GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment) forward in this part of the country. The conference will facilitate multi-stakeholder partnerships and networking among governments, academia, corporates, and professionals from different disciplines like architecture, engineering, construction management, and financial institutes.

    The objective is to bring together experts, practitioners, and stakeholders onto one platform, through the conference and exhibitions to showcase various activities being carried out for sustainability in the local context as well as internationally. In short, the event would provide an excellent opportunity for participants to interact with a wide and diverse community working on the macro and micro aspects of sustainable development.

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  • LED lights to cost low
  • The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) is targeting potential bulk users to generate a market for energy efficient lighting products. It is in talks with the army, central government departments and Indian Railways to increase the sales. To create a market for the energy-efficient LED-based lighting products, the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) is targeting potential bulk users. It is talking to the Army, the Indian Railways and Central Government departments with the aim of driving up volumes. This move will translate to lower prices for the LED technology which is considered the future of lighting. With an assured market in place, manufacturers can be induced to adopt the LED technology and fast track the switchover to this new lighting format.

    With an assured market in place, manufacturers can be induced to adopt the LED technology and fast track the switchover to this new lighting format. The bureau is aiming to make LED cost-effective for the future generation to benefit. A 15-W LED light, that used to cost well over Rs.1,500 about 12 months ago, will now be available for around Rs. 500 in the market.

    To speed up the transition, a testing facility for LED lights is being set up at the Central Power Research Institute (CPRI). The push is aimed at LEDs breaching the price barrier, even as a gradual switchover from incandescent bulbs to CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps) for domestic lighting is under way.
  • Ackruti Greenwoods awarded IGBC Green Homes Gold Precertification
  • Ackruti City Limited, the premier real estate development company has received IGBC Gold Precertification for its prestigious project Ackruti Greenwoods, located in Thane.

    This certification from IGBC on Ackruti Greenwood, one of the premium residential projects by Ackruti City Limited reiterates the company's steadfast commitment towards green delivery and building an environment- friendly world.

    Ackruti Greenwoods has been conceptualised to meet the maximum requirements of the National Building Code and that of Thane Municipal Corporation. Committed to 100 per cent green compliance it will offer complete recycling of grey water for landscaping and flushing purposes. The project will also have rainwater harvesting system and install metering devices to measure treated grey water consumption for flushing, landscape water consumption and hot water consumption.
  • The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation launches green building initiative
  • Pune The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has become the first municipal corporation in the country to introduce energy efficient buildings by giving incentives to builders and property tax sops to residents. Officials of the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy made this annoucement at the launch of PCMC's 'Green building initiative' at Autocluster
  • Lancor committed to green initiatives
  • Lancor Holdings, a well known name in property development, has asserted that henceforth all its upcoming residential projects will be green rated.

    Mallika Ravi, Group Chief Executive Officer of Lancor, reiterated that Lancor was committed to green initiatives. "Going forward, Lancor will comply with green standards in all its project developments, including residential ones," she added.

    She was addressing a function got up here to award Platinum rating to 'Menon Eternity'.

    Menon Eternity has a photovoltaic system and a sewage treatment plant. Less fresh water use and eco-friendly towards allotment of parking slots have all helped Menon Eternity get the Platinum rating.
  • ITC secures LEED platinum rating for all its luxury hotels
  • ITC Ltd has secured the LEED platinum rating for all its luxury hotels making it one of the greenest luxury hotel chain in the world. The rating would mean leadership in energy and environmental design for the highest standards of energy, water and waste efficiency.

    The company has ensured environment-friendly norms in design and construction of its hotels. Accordingly, the ITC hotels are energy efficient, utilise renewable energy, conserve and recycle water while taking steps to preserve the eco-system around them. The hotels have innovated in the use of materials that utilise renewable sources and are biodegradable.

    In addition to the wide-spectrum of environment-friendly measures the ITC hotels implement, the group believes its carbon positive, water positive and solid waste recycling positive status will ensure a guest's stay at any of its luxury hotels will contribute to a lower carbon footprint.
  • First eco-city likely to be set up soon at Manesar
  • The success story of country's biggest car manufacturer Maruti-Suzuki in Haryana has led to conceptulisation of an eco-city at Manesar near Gurgaon. Rajiv Arora, managing director of Haryana State Infrastructure and Industrial Development Corporation (HSIIDC) told that "Manesar will soon be home to the country's first eco-city pilot initiative." He told that "the implementation for the project will be through a Special Purpose Vehicle and would be finalised after approval of the Haryana Government". The corporation has already got a feasibility report on April 22 from a consortium of Japanese companies.
  • The Clos-O-Mat Toilet Saves Water and Energy
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    In order to make our time on the throne more environmentally friend, UK company Total Hygiene have developed the Clos-O-Mat - a combined toilet/bidet and drier. According to Total Hygiene, the Clos-O-Mat only uses a 1/10th of the water and energy required to produce just a single roll of toilet paper, not to mention 0% of the wood. Read on to learn how it works!
  • The Ever Evolving Meaning of Green
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    Environmentally friendly. Eco-conscious. Green. These terms have become increasingly important for the building products industry. Yet, because no standard definition exists and regulations surrounding environmental claims continue to evolve, many industry leaders find themselves blazing new ground in the green realm. What does Green meant to You?
  • Awesome Vertical Garden With Recycled PET Bottles
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    Awesome Vertical Garden With Recycled PET Bottles At Home In Sao Paulo
  • Aliens Space Station 2 - Platinum Precertified Green Building
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    Aliens Space Station 2 precertified 'PLATINUM' rating green certification recognizing the global standards adhered to in making it a green building.
  • The GMS Grand Palladium - Iconic steel structure for Mumbai
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    The GMS Grande Palladium is hoisted 8 meters above the ground to create a landscaped courtyard that is more interconnected with the street level. The main lobby of the building is located here as well as a cafe, where employees and visitors can enjoy the outdoor shaded space. A parking garage is located underground to maximize space and reduce the urban heat island effect. Above are four levels of generic commercial space for a variety of companies with the top floors reserved for the building's owner and his son.

    Malik Architecture aimed to create a holistic and healthy working environment, so they incorporated operable windows for natural ventilation and lots of daylighting through the specially placed horizontal windows and the north and east glazed facades. Indoor air quality management, an energy efficient HVAC system and intelligent lighting ensure a comfortable indoor climate. BIM also helped the company optimize the use of materials and construction efforts, saving time, money and resources. Rainwater is collected and used along with greywater for landscape irrigation, and the project also included the use of locally sourced materials, recycled materials, diversion of 50% of construction waste from landfills and a on-site recycling program for the offices.
  • Solar-Powered Piezoelectric Sports Stadium Breaks Ground in India
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    India just broke ground on a gorgeous solar-powered sports complex that will harvest piezoelectric energy from the crowds that enter its gates. Designed by Studio Symbiosis, the Athletic Ripple Project was recently commemorated by India's National Congress President, Sonia Gandhi. The vast new complex emerges out of the natural landscape as an iconic structure that mimics the form of water droplets.
  • Anil Ambani's ADAG invests in Green Energy
  • Industrialist Anil Ambani of the Reliance Group is keen on setting up more solar power plants in Rajasthan. Ambani informed Gehlot that Reliance Group is keen to set up solar power plants of 500 MW total capacity in Rajasthan at a cost of Rs 8,000 crore, according to officials in the Chief Minister's Office.

    The officials said Ambani informed Gehlot about progress in work on two earlier solar power plants in the state. He said that work is in progress for the Solar thermal power plant of 100 MW under Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission and work related to the 40 MW solar power plant is to commence soon.
  • Anil Ambani's ADAG invests in Green Energy
  • The Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group company will invest Rs1,500 crore and the long-term plan is to double the generation.

    The project will also be eligible to get certified emission reductions (CERs) under the clean development mechanism of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

    The project will be eligible to get 3.7 million CERs in the initial 10 years of operation. This is expected to give additional revenue of Rs300 crore for the project.
  • Vorks Energy to provide solar rooftop solution to a Delhi Schools
  • Vorks Energy has recently signed agreements with number of schools in Delhi and NCR region to provide solar roof top solution. The schools will run completely on solar energy during the day and will use energy from battery bank when sun is not available. The system is ideal for schools and colleges, since majority of usage for electricity is during school working hours which are typically around 8 to 9 hours. This typical usage can easily be provided using solar energy generated from PV modules.

    According to Mr. Ashish Kumar, Executive Director, Vorks Energy, "Schools are ideal fit for solar energy because of their operation time and limited budgets". The investment in solar roof top solution can easily be recovered by a school in 5 years. Other benefits include non reliance on traditional diesel generators/ other expensive power backup devices like invertors, etc. and huge governmental subsidy.

    Vorks currently integrates roof tops with PV panels with highest efficiency of 16.21%, which generates maximum solar electricity output.
  • India likely to create a million green jobs in two years
  • India's fast-growing clean and green sector is expected to create about one million new jobs over the next two years, offering employment opportunities in diverse areas, according to experts in the field.

    They say increasing environmental awareness, growth of global carbon markets, the green buildings movement and the like creates employment for lawyers, policy writers, carbon finance consultants, business risk analysts, architects and engineers.

    Udit Mittal, the managing director of HR consultancy Unison International, said the scope is so vast that "around one million green jobs will be generated in India over the next two years."

    One of the biggest green employers is likely to be India's real estate sector, with green buildings coming up fast due to strong demand from the large local and multinational IT companies.

    Unfortunately, green jobs are still not considered lucrative, which is likely to result in a shortage of expertise, the experts say.

    Kamal Meattle, the Promoter of GreenSpaces and CEO of the Paharpur Business Centre & Software Technology Incubator said that "the future looks like it could be brighter, except that in our excitement we forget that we will need thousands of skilled people to build a bridge to our new carbon-free world. Put simply, there are neither the trainers, facilities or financing to skill the labour force we urgently need."
  • Aecom buys into India's green building sector
  • Environmental technology support service provider Aecom Technology has acquired Indian green building specialist Spectral Services to expand its business into the fast paced Indian market.

    'The addition of Spectral to the Aecom family advances our Asian strategy and demonstrates our commitment to investing in emerging geographies,' John Dionisio, Aecom president and CEO.

    'Spectral's 31-year track record of serving clients across all aspects of India's facilities market further strengthens Aecom's ability to win complex and demanding projects in this key growth region. Its prominence in the hotel, leisure and commercial office sectors, as well as its growing reputation in the health care facilities arena, will complement Aecom's offerings across India and Asia.'

    Aecom expects the transaction to be accretive to cash earnings per share in fiscal year 2011.
  • Taiwan's 'Magic School of Green' first LEED-certified University
  • An eco-friendly building at Taiwan's National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) has achieved LEED Platinum certification -- the highest level of recognition from the US Green Building Council, the university announced Thursday. The Y.S. Sun Green Building Research Center, also known as Magic School of Green Technology, is the first educational structure in Asia to obtain that status, NCKU officials said.

    The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification is the recognized standard for measuring building sustainability in the United States and many other countries.

    Prior to the LEED certification, the Y.S. Sun Green Building Research Center had gained the Taiwan Ecology, Energy, Waste Reduction and Health (EEWH) Diamond certification, the highest award given by the Ministry of the Interior for green buildings.

    The three-story 4,800-square meter building, which opened in January, serves as the university's international conference center and is used to showcase technological innovations in green buildings.

    As the first "zero-carbon" building in Taiwan, it uses only 35 percent of the energy of a typical office building, according to NCKU.
  • India's Surat city unveils solar master plan
  • The Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) has announced a master plan to turn the sprawling city in Gujarat state into a 'solar city'.

    Officials have pledged the plan will be prepared by 2012 and that it will include a database of electricity consumption throughout the city and the estimated carbon emission levels.

    It would also set a goal of a minimum of 10 percent reduction in the projected total demand of conventional energy at the end of five years, to be achieved through energy saving by following energy efficiency measures and generation from renewable energy installations.

    The master plan would be implemented by categorizing the buildings into residential apartments, commercial complexes, industries, individual houses, corporate establishments and buildings of the government and SMC.

    The government of India plans to develop 60 solar cities during the 11th Five Year Plan, to both meet the increasing electricity demand and to promote the growing use of renewable energies. Surat is among the three cities from Gujarat state after Rajkot and Gandhinagar to be selected under the solar cities initiative
  • India to challenge for share of $2.2 trillion global clean tech market
  • According to a new report from the Climate Group India could rival the US, EU and China in clean tech if it can capitalize on a market for sustainable products that could be worth up to USD135 billion by 2020.

    It also predicts India could support 10.5 million green jobs by the end of the decade as investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies soar.

    India's Clean Revolution predicts the country's private investment in clean energy will increase 736 per cent over the next 10 years - three times the rate expected in the US or China. It also predicts its domestic energy efficiency market will treble to more than USD77 billion by the end of the decade as communities embrace on-site renewable technologies such as solar panels and small-scale wind turbines.
  • Taipei 101 the world's tallest LEED Platinum building
  • The 1,667-foot (508-meter) TAIPEI 101 tower has earned the US Green Building Council's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification, the highest level for energy efficiency and environmental design it was announced at a ceremony last week.

    Working in partnership with EcoTech International and Steven Leach Associates, Siemens' Building Technologies Division helped TAIPEI 101's operators maximize the skyscraper's green features. Over the past two years, TAIPEI 101's building automation and energy efficiency were optimized to achieve a 10-percent saving in electricity usage, water consumption and garbage production.

    As a result, the tower's energy consumption is 30 percent lower in comparison to that of an average building, which helps reduce energy costs by some USD700,000 a year.
  • US-India develop clean energy research centre
  • The US has put up USD25 million to support a clean energy research and development centre with India. The deal, announced by the US Department of Energy (DOE), says the US-India Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center (JCERDC) will improve energy access and promote low carbon growth by facilitating joint research and development.

    It is also part of the Partnership to Advance Clean Energy that President Barack Obama signed with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in November last year which means will be split between existing facilities in both countries. The three key research areas building energy efficiency, second-generation bio-fuels and solar energy.

    The Indian Ministry of Science and Technology will provide an additional $50m in public and private funding to support research in India, while the DOE will provide funding to universities, laboratories and private companies developing technologies. This funding is to be matched by US grantees and aims to support $50m in US-based research, the DOE said
  • Waste to energy projects pick up in India, China
  • Hyderabad based Hyquip Technologies has entered into an exclusive agreement with Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) to set up waste to energy facilities in India and Sri Lanka according to a report in Waste Management World.

    Hyquip supplies waste disposal solutions that convert municipal solid waste (MSW) into compost in 14 to 15 days, a process that it says traditionally takes around 40.

    Two 8 mw waste to energy facilities are due to be commissioned in Sri Lanka by December next year, and around 40 facilities are likely to be operational in the next five years, according to Hitachi Zosen Inova business manager K Srinivas Rao.

    Zurich based waste to energy technology supplier, Hitachi Zosen Inova, formerly AE&E Inova, is also providing technology to a 'mega' waste to energy facility in China with a 2,500 tonne-per-day capacity that will produce 40 mw of power .

    According to HZI, the plant is likely to be commissioned in the next two months, with the potential for a further 108 such facilities to be built in China over the coming years.
  • Singapore official in charge of Tianjin Eco-City to live there
  • Ho Tong Yen, Singapore's top official in charge of the Tianjin Eco-City, will be one of the first residents to move in and test its eco-friendly features when it starts to become populated early next year.

    "Once the Eco-City is ready to receive residents, I will move in, because the only way to know a product is to use it personally and then you will know its strengths and weaknesses and how it can be improved," Ho told the Singapore Straits Times.

    The project built on a land of 30 square kilometers includes "100 percent green buildings" which meet water and energy efficiency standards, and have better sunlight and ventilation.

    It will also include a green transportation system that may include electric trams, hybrid cars and bikes. Essential facilities such as supermarkets and clinics will be located close to homes so people can walk rather than drive.

    The flagship bilateral project is one of China's most high-profile green cities as well as Singapore's largest international project in sustainable development.