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The Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) conducted a two-day session for senior officials from about 20 government departments encouraging them to adopt green practices while constructing new buildings or renovating existing ones.
The council also sent a proposal to officials of Smart City Mission asking it to incorporate the green quotient while implementing smart initiatives in the capital city. “We have requested the officials to adopt IGBC’s rating programme to enhance the green features in the city and improve the quality of life. We want to show that tradition and technology can co-exist,” said principal counsellor Indian Green Building Council M Anand on Friday.
The government officials were introduced to concepts of green buildings and discussions revolved around how the government could incentivise this for public and put it into practice. Assuring all support to make green buildings a reality, Anand appealed to officials to consider converting if not the entire office, but at least one floor by renovating it and bringing in more daylight and fresh air and use appropriate furniture and lighting.
“This will also be energy-efficient and people friendly too,” he said, adding that there need to be more IGBC-certified projects from the state.
Those participating the seminar included chief town planner and officials from the departments of town and country planning, electricity, urban development, water resources, PWD, fire and emergency services and Goa College of Architecture.
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