With the advancement of green building movement in India, many companies have evinced keen interest in having a holistic green design and construction framework for upcoming factory buildings.
The national GDP expected to grow at about 7% and the contribution of the manufacturing sector to the national GDP being quite significant at 25%, more and more factories would be set up in the country. While the growth is
imminent it is imperative that the development should happen in an environmentally sustainable manner.
In this context, the development and launch of a green rating programme for factory buildings would have far reaching impacts on saving natural resources, betterment of working conditions and enhanced productivity, thereby leading to
substantial national benefits.
Green concepts and techniques in the industry can help address national issues like energy efficiency, conservation of natural resources, handling of consumer waste, water efficiency and reduction in fossil fuel use in commuting. Most importantly, these concepts can enhance occupant health, happiness and wellbeing. The concept of a rating would encourage designers to address these by design.
IGBC has set up the Green Factory Building Core Committee to develop the rating programme. This committee comprised of key stakeholders including corporate, architects, consultants, developers, manufacturers and institutions. The committee, with a diverse background and knowledge has enriched the rating system both in its content and process.
This rating system would address the factory buildings and not the processes. It would be applicable to all sectors of industry and for all climatic zones of India.