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CII-IGBC Green Building Congress 2013
09 January 2014

Asia’s largest Green Building conference and exhibition, the CII-IGBC Green Building Congress, is held in different parts of the country every year. The 11th edition of the Green Building Congress, held on 24-26 October 2013 at Chennai, evoked excellent response. This year, the event focused on Futuristic Green Habitats & Technologies. 

The highlights of the event were: 
  • International Conference on Green Buildings: 24-25 October • International Exhibition on Green Buildings: 24-26 October 
  • Session on Renewable Energy in Green Buildings: 25 October 
  • Green Building Mission: 26 October 
 There were several concurrent events: 
  • Conference on Green Homes 
  • Conference on Existing Buildings 
  • Conference on Green Interiors 
  • Conference on Green Hospitals 
Inaugural Session 
Dr. K. Rosaiah, the Governor of Tamil Nadu, was the Chief Guest at the inaugural session. In his address, he said that `Green’ should reach every nook and corner of the country and every construction should be designed in an eco-friendly way. The next 10 years will be the decade of integrated sustainable built structures with the advent of large integrated townships, satellite cities, gated communities, and campuses with multiple buildings. Jamshyd N. Godrej, Chairman, CII – Godrej GBC, said the most important aspect of the Green Building movement in India is that it is a part of the larger agenda of sustainability. Dr. Prem C. Jain, Chairman, IGBC mentioned that India has over 2,235 IGBC registered green building projects, amounting to over 1.65 billion sq ft of green building footprint, making India one of the top three countries in the world. B. Santhanam, Chairman, CII Southern Region, said climate change has impacted all countries and Indian industry is committed to mitigate the environmental impacts. N. K. Ranganath, Chairman, 2013 Conference Committee, said that it will be a huge challenge to manage our resources, and environmental degradation would be irreversible if we do not act now. 
The International Exhibition
Dr. K. Rosaiah inaugurated the three-day international exhibition, in which over a hundred latest and emerging green building technologies and green products were displayed. 
Awards for School Children and Architectural Students 
Dr. K. Rosaiah presented awards to the winners of Green-I Contest 2013 - Lavish Bansal and Sanan Goyal from The Millennium School, Mohali; and to the winners of IGBC Green Design Competition 2013 - Minakshi Mohanta and Amit Joseph Kurien from the School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi. 
IGBC Hall of Fame Awards 2013 
Dr. K. Rosaiah presented the IGBC Hall of Fame Awards 2013 to Dr. Kath Williams, past Vice-Chair, US Green Building Council and Past President, WorldGBC; R. Parasuraman, Founding Chairman, IGBC and Immediate Past Board Member, WorldGBC; and S. Padmanaban, former Senior Advisor, USAID. 
MoU with Building and Construction Authority, Singapore
An MoU was inked with Building and Construction Authority (BCA), Singapore. It aims at continuous exchange of best practices, promoting business opportunities, organizing Business Missions and partnering at major events between the two countries. 
Panel Discussion 
A panel discussion on The Future Habitats – How can we proactively make them greener was organised where experts shared their thoughts and perspectives on the topic. 
Felicitation of IGBC Rated Green Building Projects 
Vikram Kapur, Principal Secretary and Commissioner, Corporation of Chennai felicitated 90 green building projects for 2012-13 with plaques and certificates at an award distribution programme on 24 October 2013. 
Conference on Green Homes, Existing Buildings, Green Interiors and Green Hospitals
Speaking at the inaugural session, Arun Kumar Misra, Secretary, Central Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation mentioned that in the coming four years, over one million houses would be constructed by the government in different blocks and municipalities. All these would go the Green way by design at the construction stage. The inaugural session was also marked by the release of IGBC Green Homes Detailed Reference Guide, which contains case studies from Green Homes and can assist project teams in understanding the detailed calculations.
Advanced Training Programme on Green Buildings 
A two-day advanced training programme was organized to impart knowledge on Green Building concepts and IGBC’s LEED 2011 for India Rating System, and to share best practices in Green Buildings 
Green Building Mission 
The Mission was organized at TRIL Info Park, Ramanujan IT City and TCS Campus Siruseri at Chennai. The Mission provided an opportunity to the delegates to gain first hand understanding of various aspects of design, construction and operation of green buildings.

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