Team B&C | NT
CII- Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) launched the IGBC Green Service Buildings Rating System, for service buildings such as petrol pumps, substations, police stations, fire stations and other commercial buildings such as offices, banks, retail and healthcare facilities.
The rating system is the 26th rating of the IGBC and was launched on the digital platform by V Suresh, chairman and Gurmit Singh Arora, vice chairman, IGBC. The rating system is applicable to both new and existing buildings. Some of the unique green concepts addressed in the rating system are green procurement policy, green measures beyond the fence, passive architecture, use of alternative construction technologies, materials and green measures cost analysis.
By adopting the service buildings rating tool, the projects are expected to achieve various tangible and intangible benefits including energy and water savings and health, well-being of occupants. The rating system also acknowledges and awards points to the projects which addresses health and hygiene and Covid19 aspects.
IGBC chairman, Suresh, said, “Understanding the challenges in implementing the green features by service buildings and small office buildings, the council has developed and launched the rating system exclusively to address such building typologies.”
Emphasizing that, the cost of certified green buildings is reducing year-on-year, Arora, added, “Presently the additional investment is only 1-2 per cent higher than a conventional building, which is equally applicable for small buildings.”