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Preparations are in full swing for the Green Building Workshop to be held at Eco Park on 2 April. Yesterday, I met Hon'ble Minister Manish Gupta for inaugurating the workshop: he has kindly agreed to do so.
Government of West Bengal has recently taken a decision to allow 10% extra Floor Area Ratio (FAR) for Green Buildings in 35th cabinet decision (held on 5th August 2014). The building rules are in the process of being amended. In giving effect to this policy decision, the question of defining a Green Building has arisen. Although there are a number of agencies like IGBC, TERI, GRIHA, LEED etc. all of these agencies rate a building as green with different grades (such as silver, gold or platinum), or different star rating system (such as 3-star, 5-star etc.). There are different guidelines for different rating system. It is felt necessary to devise a regulation to avoid ambiguity and to guide grant of incentives while sanctioning building plans. As all of those rating system is applicable only after the completion of the building and the Urban Local Bodies are supposed to grant that extra 10% F.A.R during the sanctioning stage (i.e. before the starting of construction work), there is no such tool to identify any building as green. In order to discuss various aspects involved, we are organizing a workshop with officials from Govt. of India, Govt. of West Bengal, stake – holders, private sector and professional organizations.
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Two clippings from today's papers:
|Times of India dt 29 March 2015|
|Khabar 365 dt 29 March 2015|