Builders and architects in Nagpur who had taken initiative to construct energy efficient buildings have failed to follow almost 20% of the norms, about which they might not even be aware, which’s why none of the structure could obtain green certification, said Prashant Sarode, Maharashtra president of CREDAI, while offering help to encourage builders to obtain green ratings.
In order to spread awareness about green buildings and provide guideline about them in the city, Pune-based organisation ‘Sustainability Initiatives‘ had organised a one-day seminar on ‘energy efficient buildings’ at Chitnavis Center on Thursday, where Sarode was also present. Funded by the Ministry of Renewable Energy (MNRE), the organisation has initiated awareness seminars for builders, architects and students. “The need of the hour is to make Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s model solar city project successful. For this reason, MNRE became interested in taking up the awareness seminar here,” said organisation trustee Poorva Keskar.
The project’s motive is to bring down the city’s power consumption by 10%. Some 5% of the target will be met by energy efficiency works and remaining 5% by generation of renewable energy.
Paramjeet Ahuja said, “One common green norm that architects around the city don’t follow is of building orientation. This is the practice of facing a building in a specific direction to efficiently use the sun’s free energy. The plan should be chalked out before the construction begins. Orientation in being taught to architecture students but while practicing they forget it.”