Addressing media persons, IGBC Goa Chapter Chairman Amar Britto and IGBC Goa Chapter Vice Chairman Bharat Kamat briefed the concept of green buildings and stated that CII-IGBC was taking rapid strides in advancing this concept in the country by involving stakeholders of the construction industry.
The conference aims at furthering the green building movement in the state of Goa and is free and open to public. Award winning Architect Prem Chandavarkar, will deliver the key note speech on “Green Buildings- Beyond Ratings”.
Eminent speakers from across India and Goa would address an audience of developers, architects, engineers, consultants, hoteliers, various government departments including HODs, students of engineering and architecture, and other stake holders.
Various topics would be covered such as green architectural design including passive design, restoration of historic buildings, how existing hotels could become greener, govt of Goa initiative on green buildings and waste management in Goa. Panel discussions would include Challenges in MEP and RCC for green buildings, green building certification, careers for young professionals in green construction.
Bharat Kamat also informed that the concept of green buildings was slowly picking up in Goa and that there was a need for greater awareness. He also stated that green buildings consume 40-50 per cent less energy and 20-30 per cent less water. Intangible benefits of green buildings include better indoor air quality, enhanced ventilation, better views and day lighting which significantly improve the productivity of the occupants. He also highlighted the salient green measures adopted by the green buildings include preservation and reuse of fertile top soil, reduced building footprints, central courtyards, day lighting, ventilation, roof gardens to reduce heat-island impact, use of treated grey water for irrigation and air conditioning cooling water makeup, root-zone treatment for wastewater, efficient envelope, use of energy efficient air-conditioning systems, on-site renewable energy, wind Towers, monitoring procedures, post-occupancy, careful handling of construction waste, use of materials with recycled content, resource reuse, use of paints, sealants, adhesives with low VOC and resource reuse.