Kerala government promoting green building policy

3rd October, 2013    comments

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State Government associated with PWD(Public Works Department), is prepared to implement the Green Building Policy for advancing the eco-friendly techniques focusing on energy conservation.  The new head office of PWD is going to be the first project as part of the Green Building Policy Movement, launching at PMG Junction, Thiruvananthapuram. As a first step promotion State Govt is granting relaxation for the private builders to adopt the new policy. PWD secretary T O Sooraj said “In future, all new buildings constructed by the PWD will be made under the policy concept.

The new PWD head office will be constructed at a cost of `33 crore,” There are also plans to install energy-saving equipment at the existing government offices, which will help save energy. The proposal for extending relaxation in construction of buildings and tax deduction for private buildings are also under government consideration. According to the Green Policy, the state can announce annual awards for local bodies, including Corporations, municipalities and other urban bodies which are involved in undertaking green building activities. It was also proposed that the government take necessary steps to sign an MoU with Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) Secretariat in the presence of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) for large-scale promotion of green buildings in the state and to get all new and important buildings rated.As part of the policy awareness campaigns will be started in school from October to educate children about the importance and need of cleanliness..