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Why Secure Green Building Certification in India?

The IGBC Green New Buildings rating system has been implemented in the construction industry to address the most important priorities, which include water conservation, handling waste, energy efficiency, reduced use of fossil fuels, lesser dependence on usage of virgin materials and health & well-being of occupants. This rating system requires the implementation of National standards and other codes such as the ECBC, NBC, MoEF guidelines, CPCB guidelines, and several others. The ultimate objective of this certification is to be better than the national standards so as to create new benchmarks.

Therefore, in order to get yourself a Green Building Certificate in India, you need to confirm that your building projects are compliant with all the relevant rules and satisfy GBCI regulations, for which you can get in touch with Corpbiz today. Corpbiz has been assisting businesses in complying with all sorts of regulations and helping them discharge all mandatory obligations by providing them with practical business solutions and valuable insights.

Who Needs Green Building Certification in India?

Green Building Certification in India is associated with buildings and, hence, it is meant for those businesses and companies that are involved in the construction sector in order to evaluate the possibility of achieving green buildings and sustainability goals. It is the most prevalent rating system in the building industry in India to evaluate and analyze its efficiencies, explicitly in regard to energy efficiency and carbon footprint.

Green Building Certification in India has been implemented with the aim of encouraging businesses involved in the construction industry to build exemplary projects to promote greener buildings for a regenerative future.

Benefits of Green New Buildings for Businesses

Green New buildings have tremendous tangible and intangible benefits. The most tangible benefits include a reduction in water and energy consumption right from day one of building occupancy, and these energy savings could range between 20 per cent to 30 per cent and water savings around 30 per cent to 50 per cent. The intangible benefits of the green new buildings include improved air quality, health & well-being of the occupants, excellent daylighting, security benefits and preservation of scarce national resources.

Apart from these, the government of India provides several incentives to encourage businesses to procure green building certifications and LEED certifications in India. Some of these are

Tax Benefits

The government of India offers a few tax benefits to the project developers of LEED-certified buildings or GBCI-certified projects through the Income Tax Act. The project developers are allowed to claim up to 100% depreciation on the overall cost of green building assets, for instance, solar panels, waste management systems and rainwater harvesting systems.

Loans Benefits & Fast-track approvals

The government of India has ensured the disbursement of low-interest loans through IREDA (Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency) for building projects that are green-certified. These projects are also eligible for other incentives like fast-track approvals, reduced building fees and expedited inspections.

State-level Subsidies

Various states, under their own plans and policies, also promote green building certification in India by providing subsidies and/or tax exemptions in order to promote energy-efficient buildings and renewable energy projects.

Environmental Benefits

The government also provides subsidies and/or tax benefits to promote renewable energy in the country, which indirectly promotes LEED-certified buildings that ensure a balance or net-zero usage in fundamental aspects like carbon emissions, water and energy usage, waste generation and treatment, etc. This helps in the realization of sustainable development goals (SDGs) and further ensures a reduction in the pollution caused by construction activities.

Therefore, these incentives and benefits aim to make green building projects more financially or commercially viable in India and further help attract private sector investment and sustainable building practices in India.

Our Services for Green Building Certification in India

Creating a dedicated team of professionals to facilitate green building promotion and adoption is crucial to providing a much-needed support system to boost green buildings in the industry. However, the entire process of procuring Green Building Certification in India can be overwhelming for a lot of applications because of the laws and the bylaws involved; however, with the help of our consultants, you can secure this certificate by ensuring compliance with prescribed systems and criteria. Our Services for Green Building Certification in India entail the following

Green Building Certification Registration

The first step in procuring a green building certification in India is applying for registration. The applicant must register their projects with GBCI. However, the process of registration entails ensuring the giving of detailed information relating to your building projects and the fulfilment of uncountable requirements. Our team of industry professionals and expert consultants can help you take care of the entire registration process with GBCI, so you don't have to worry.

Assistance with Necessary Paperation

Green Building Certification in India requires the filing of several necessary papers and reports to show your commitment towards net-zero and sustainability goals. Our team of professionals and expert consultants will assist you with the paper works required for this certification and in compiling all the necessary paperwork such as site plans, parking plans, elevations, filler-in templates, etc, in order to show compliance with the GBCI Rating System. Our team will further help you ensure that the application form is submitted precisely in order to promote your chances of approval.

Expert Consultation

With the Recognition of the GBCI rating system, a new policy framework has been established to make the building industry embrace net zero. This necessitates the businesses and the companies involved to comply with a myriad of rules, laws, and regulations, which require the assistance of experts who have relevant industry experience, as the criteria specified are often too multifaceted for a layperson to understand. Therefore, it is advisable to hire a team of expert consultants who help you navigate through these arduous regulations, as even an unintentional failure or mistake can lead to the rejection of your application. Our team has the technical knowledge and expertise and can help you incorporate and enforce green building codes & rating systems.

Know All About Green Building Certification

India has been witnessing momentous growth in the construction and infrastructure sector. The Indian construction industry is one of the largest commercial activities and is growing at an average rate of 9.5 per cent as compared to the global average growth rate of 5 per cent. With this rapid growth, taking measures to protect the environment becomes even more necessary and challenging at the same time.

IGBC

In pursuance of this objective, the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), consisting of more than 1,900 committed members, was established to represent the building industry. The Indian Green Building Council encourages builders, owners, architects, developers and consultants to design and construct projects that can qualify as green buildings, thereby improving the economic and environmental performance of the buildings.

Therefore, IGBC has been spearheading the Green Building Movement in India since 2001 by creating awareness amongst the stakeholders, and so far, the Council has been a key player in enabling 3.84 billion sq. ft of green buildings across the country. This has contributed tremendously to enabling a market transformation as far as green building materials and technologies are concerned. IGBC has been working continuously to provide the relevant tools in the construction sector that facilitate the adoption of green building practices across India.

In furtherance of these objectives, the Indian Green Building Council has brought the 'IGBC Green New Buildings Rating System' to address these industry priorities. This new building rating programme is essentially a tool that helps the designer implement green concepts in order to mitigate environmental impacts.

Green Building Certifications by GBCI in India

In India, LEED, i.e. the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Certification, is a usually recognized global certification for recognizing green building projects, whereas Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) is the sole body responsible for providing LEED certification in India. Apart from LEED certification, there are various other complementary certifications that are being administered by GBCI in India as well, such as

  • PEER
  • TRUE
  • EDGE
  • SITES

What is a Green Building?

As per the definition given by the World Green Building Council, "A green building is a building that, in its design, construction or operation, reduces or eliminates negative impacts, and can create positive impacts, on our climate and natural environment. Green buildings help in preserving valuable natural resources and advance our quality of life."

IGBC Green New Buildings Rating System

IGBC has established a Green New Buildings Core Committee to advance the rating programme. This committee comprises of many stakeholders, including builders, architects, developers, owners, manufacturers and other industry representatives. IGBC Green New Buildings rating system is a consensus-based programme that has been developed with the objective of facilitating a holistic approach to creating environment-friendly buildings through architectural design, effective handling of waste, water efficiency, energy efficiency, sustainable buildings, and focus on comfort & well-being of building occupants. Some of the critical aspects taken care of in this rating system are as follows

  • Recognition for excellence in architecture through integrated design approach.
  • Recognition for passive architectural features.
  • Structural design optimization with regard to steel and cement.
  • Water use reduction for construction.
  • Handholding from IGBC Counsellors will now be available for the projects.
  • Site visits and audits are proposed before the rating is awarded.
  • Projects are expected to report energy and/or water consumption data on an annual basis to facilitate research in this area.

Scope of IGBC Green New Buildings Rating System

The IGBC rating system has been designed primarily for new buildings (air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned buildings). New Buildings include offices, banks, shopping malls, hotels, airports, hospitals, stadiums, educational institutions (colleges, universities), libraries, etc. Building types like residential, factory buildings, schools, and integrated townships will also be covered under other IGBC rating programmes

The IGBC rating system addresses green features under the following categories

  • Sustainable Architecture and Design
  • Site Selection and Planning
  • Water Conservation
  • Energy Efficiency 8 Indian Green Building Council
  • Building Materials and Resources
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Innovation and Development

The guidelines detailed under each mandatory requirement and credit enable the construction of new buildings of all sizes and types. Different levels and kinds of green building certification in India are awarded on the basis of the total credits secured. However, every green new building must be able to meet certain mandatory requirements, which are non-negotiable.

The various levels of rating awarded are as follows

S.No.

Certification Level

Recognition

1

Certified

Best Practices

2

Silver

Outstanding Performance

3

Gold

National Excellence

4

Platinum

Global Leadership

Threshold Criteria for Green Building Certification in India

The threshold Criteria for Green Building Certification Levels are as follows

Certification Level

Owner-occupied Buildings

Tenant-occupied

Buildings

Recognition

Certified

40 - 49

40 - 49

Best Practices

Silver

50 - 59

50 - 59

Outstanding Performance

Gold

60 - 74

60 - 74

National Excellence

Platinum

75 -100

75 -100

Global Leadership

Process for Green Building Certification in India

The procedure to obtain Green Building Certification in India begins with registering their projects under the IGBC Green New Buildings rating system on the IGBC website (www.igbc.in) under the 'IGBC Green New Buildings Rating System' tab. This helps with access to the required necessary papers and templates, along with other necessary information. The application for certification needs to be submitted along with the necessary paper works to ensure compliance with the requirements of the rating system. The applicants then must pay the required certification fees.

Step by Step Procedure for Green Building Certification in India

  • Step:1 Online Project Registration
  • Step:2 Preliminary Necessary Paperation for Review to IGBC
  • Step:3 Review by IGBC 3rd Party Assessor
  • Step:4 Acceptance of Rating by Project
  • Step:5 Site Visit by IGBC
  • Step:6 Submission of Final Necessary Paperation by Project Team
  • Step:7 IGBC presents Plaque & Certificates indicating Certification Level

Necessary Papers Required for Green Building Certification in India

In order to secure the IGBC Green New Buildings rating, the building project must discharge all the mandatory obligations and must secure the minimum number of credit points. The project team is further expected to provide all the supporting necessary papers at both the preliminary and final stages of submission. The project needs to submit the following

1. General information about the building project, including

  • Project brief stating project type, various type of spaces, number of floors, occupancy, area statement, etc.
  • General Drawings
  1. Site Plan
  2. Parking Plans
  3. Floor Plans
  4. Elevations
  5. Sections
  • Photographs or Rendered images

2.Filled-in Template

3. Narratives and supporting paper works

  1. Drawings
  2. Calculations
  3. declarations or contract necessary papers
  4. manufacturer cut-sheets / letters / material test reports
  5. Purchase invoices, etc for each mandatory requirement and credit

The project paper works is submitted in 2 phases - Preliminary submittal and Final submittal

Preliminary Submittal

The preliminary submittal phase involves the submission of all necessary papers, which shall include the mandatory requirements and the minimum number of credits. After the preliminary submission, the review is done by third-party assessors, and review comments will be provided within 30 days.

Final Submittal

The next phase is the final submittal, which involves providing clarifications to preliminary review queries the and final submittal. This review will also be provided within 30 days, after which the rating is awarded.

Growth of Green New Buildings

The increasing worries around sustainability have brought rapid changes in the construction sector, where policies, laws, and regulations around the world demand the adoption of sustainable innovation in terms of processes to encourage more sustainable and green buildings that achieve a zero-carbon footprint. The construction sector is one of the fastest-growing sectors in India. Increasing urbanization and rising income levels are leading to unprecedented growth in this sector, especially in cities. As per the latest reports available, 70 per cent of urban India is yet to be built by 2030. Therefore, the scale of construction is going to be huge in the next few decades.

At the same time, construction activities have a huge impact on climate change. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), buildings are now responsible for 40 per cent of global energy consumption and one-quarter of global human-induced CO2 emissions. In India, the construction sector contributes towards one-third of the carbon emissions, which has always been a major concern. Considering the significant growth projected, the building sector has great potential to contribute to mitigating carbon emissions and addressing climate change. In this context, promoting the construction of green buildings is crucial.

Government Incentives for Green Buildings in India

The government of India has taken various measures for the promotion of green buildings through the development of new green policies and regulations, as well as through revision of existing policies to incorporate green building strategies and concepts. Therefore, it has become imperative to not only adopt policies necessitating all existing buildings as well as new construction to meet new green building standards but also put in place relevant laws and regulations for the effective promotion, adoption and implementation of those policies. The government of India notified the following in order to encourage the construction and use of green and energy-efficient buildings

  • National Action Plan on Climate Change in 2008
  • Energy Conservation Act of 2001
  • Environment Protection Act of 1986
  • National Building Code of India with the inclusion of the chapter on sustainability in 2005
  • Energy Conservation Code (ECBC for Commercial) in 2007
  • Eco Niwas Samhita (ECBC for Residential) in 2018

Some Key government initiatives for Green Building in India include

National Missions

India launched its National Action Plan on Climate Change in 2008 in order to identify measures that promote development objectives while also yielding benefits for addressing climate change effectively. This plan mainly focuses on climate change, mitigation, energy efficiency and resource conservation. Out of the eight national missions enforced, the 'National Mission on Sustainable Habitat' and 'National Mission on Enhanced Energy Efficiency' mainly focus on encouraging green and sustainable development. The former falls under the national climate change action plan and aims to make towns and states sustainable through enhancement in energy efficiency in buildings and management of solid waste, whereas the National Mission for Enhanced Energy Efficiency aims to encourage the market for energy efficiency by fostering innovative policies and effective market instruments.

Energy Conservation Act, 2001

The Energy Conservation Act was implemented to provide the framework for the efficient use of energy and energy conservation in India. It includes the legal framework and a regulatory mechanism at both the Central and State levels for achieving energy efficiency in India. The 5 major provisions of this Act relate to

  • Designated Consumers
  • Standard and Labelling of Appliances
  • Energy Conservation Building Codes
  • Creation of Institutional Set up and
  • Establishment of Energy Conservation Fund

Therefore, the act requires huge energy consumers to meet the energy conservation norms, large commercial buildings to meet the energy building code, and appliances to meet energy consumption standards and labels.

Environment Impact Assessment

The government of India, through the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC), administered the 'Environmental Clearance' procedure for projects through central or state committees for passing building and township projects. The projects cleared through environmental impact assessment lessen the negative impacts on the environment. Environmental impact assessment has been mandated under the Environmental Protection Act of 1986, and it covers large-scale activities, including buildings with more than 20,000 sq. m. It has been mandated that you obtain environmental clearance before you start the construction.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The Indian Green Building Council, which was formed by the Confederation of Indian Industry in 2001, is the green building certification authority in India.

As per the definition given by the World Green Building Council, "A green building is a building that, in its design, construction or operation, reduces the negative impacts, and can create positive impacts, on our climate and natural environment. Green buildings help in preserving valuable natural resources and advance our quality of life."

The Precertification is valid for 3 years from the date of award, after which projects are required to apply for the full certification or submit construction progress reports once every six months to get an extension certificate for the Precertification rating.

IGBC, i.e., Indian Green Building Council, encourages builders, owners, architects, developers and consultants to design and construct projects that can qualify as green buildings, thereby improving the economic and environmental performance of the buildings.

LEED is basically an international standard for green building certification systems, whereas IGBC focuses explicitly on the Indian Green Building Rating System.

In India, there are three certifying agencies for certifying buildings green, and there are Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) ratings and Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA).

The IGBC rating is valid for a period of 3 years, starting from the date of issue of the certification.

The IGBC Green New Buildings rating system has been implemented in the construction industry to address the most important priorities, which include water conservation, handling waste, energy efficiency, reduced use of fossil fuels, lesser dependence on usage of virgin materials and health & well-being of occupants.

The Green Building certification in India is given by IGBC, which is headquartered in Hyderabad.

The 4 levels of green building certification in India are Certified Silver, Gold and Platinum.

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