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Green homes, cities imperative for better life

Posted on Nov 01, 05:47PM | UNI

Karnataka Government Additional Chief Secretary and KUIDFC Chairman Arvind Jadhav today stressed the need to take up challenging projects that push the boundaries of the green building movement.

Delivering the special address at the inaugural session of the Conference on 'Green cities, Green Homes and Green Data Centres and CBERD' on the third day of IGBC's Green Building Congress 2012 here, Mr Jadhav said the nature is a great teacher and the fact that nothing is wasted in nature should be emulated in our green cities.

He highlighted how continuous water supply was achieved for four regions of the state.

Senior Fellow from US Green Building Council Mark Ginsberg said India's unique cultural sensibilities and way of life have given the country a chance to provide the world a green future. During his presentation titled 'Successful Cities of the 21st Century will be Green', Dr Ginsberg emphasized that cities have been the centre of creativity for centuries and more and more people will be moving to cities in the future.

He said that for cities to be competitive in the 21st century, they must be efficient, affordable and resilient.

Mr Koh Lin Ji, Group Director, International Development Group, Building and Construction Authority, discussed the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City Project in detail and shared the plans for the eco-city.

He said the governments of China and Singapore are surging towards sustainable urbanization.

During his welcome address at the inaugural session of the conference, Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) Chairman Dr.Prem C Jain said green homes are not just for the urban population or the affluents but should be accessible to all strata of the society.