IGBC to launch world’s first Green Rating for Metro Rail System

नयी दिल्ली New Delhi:  The first IGBC Green Metro Rail Rating System Technical Committee Meeting was organised by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in partnership with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. in New Delhi. The rich technical inputs provided at the meeting ensured the right pace to soon launch IGBC World’s first Metro Rating.

Since 2001, IGBC, with the support of all the stakeholders has already launched 7 different types of green building rating systems to address different types of buildings. A step towards this direction is the soon- to be- launched IGBC Green Metro Rail Rating, the first of its kind in the world.  IGBC Green Metro Rail Rating System will be formally launched at the 12th edition of Green Building Congress 2014 scheduled on September 4-6 at Hyderabad. Thereafter all the upcoming Metro projects can get registered under IGBC Green Metro Rating.

IGBC Rating Systems has been developed based on the holistic approach and 5 elements of nature (Panchabhutas), enhances the design and results in high performing buildings. The rating system is evolved so as to be comprehensive and at the same time user-friendly.

As on date, over 2,500 green building projects amounting to over 2.10 billion sq.ft. of green building footprint are going the IGBC way. Various types of buildings including Government, IT parks, offices, residential, banks, airports, convention centre, institutions, Government buildings, malls, hospitals, hotels, factories, SEZs, townships, schools, etc., are going the green way.

Mr. Mangu Singh, DMRC Managing Director, was the chief guest at the Technical Committee Meeting and underlined how going the green way can address national priorities. He also briefed the participants  on the energy efficient features incorporated in the Delhi Metro Rail Projects.

Dr. Prem C. Jain, IGBC Chairman, highlighted the activities & initiatives of IGBC in Greening India. IGBC aspires to cross over 10 billion sq.ft. of green building footprint by 2022.

Mr. Arun Bhatia, Chairman, IGBC Delhi Chapter, welcomed the delegates and thanked DMRC for providing all the support and for hosting the first technical committee meeting.

Quote from Mr. S. Raghupathy, Executive Director, CII-Godrej GBC: “In a Green metro, the energy consumption would come down by 20% and fresh water usage would come down by 30%. Most importantly, green metros will make the travel/transit of the passengers & occupants more memorable, enjoyable and green”. “This in turn would further consolidate India’s leadership position as one of the global leaders in sustainable built-environment”, added Mr. Raghupathy.