College students roped in to promote green buildings

IGBC launches 12 student chapters; budding engineers to be trained

 To promote eco-friendly construction activities among youths, Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), Mysuru chapter has come up with a novel idea. It has launched student chapters, roping in engineering, management and architecture students from 12 colleges in city, on Sunday.

The aim behind new initiative is to encourage and guide budding brains to incorporate environmental-friendly ideas in construction of buildings. Apart from young denizens, general people are also targeted to encourage them to adopt green practices.

Participating in the launching ceremony, organised at Mahalakshmi Kalyanamantap in Vishveshwaranagar, here, IGBC national chapter Chairman Prem C Jain said, “India is the only country in the world to treat earth as mother. Mother earth is hence considered sacred and if we pollute it, there is no salvation,” he said.

By 2022, when the country reaches 75 years of independence, India should be the leader for other nations in this regard. With abundant natural resources, youth must take pride in promoting eco-friendly buildings, he suggested.  

Citing an example of river Ganga, where environment and water bodies are polluted in a large scale, Jain said, it was high-time to go back to the roots to follow the civilisation method to bring in changes. By utilising environmental-friendly components in construction activities, it is possible to maintain healthy environment and to preserve natural resources, he added.

Jain explained the benefits of adopting 4’R’ model—Reuse, Reduce, Recycle, Refuse—in construction activities.

The concept

A green building is one which uses less water, optimises energy efficiency, conserves natural resources, generates less waste and provides healthier spaces for occupants, as compared to a conventional building.

Considering the tremendous benefits that it offers, green building concept is gaining major importance in India, informed IGBC Mysuru chapter chairman M G Somashekar and added that the vision and mission of the IGBC is to ensure sustainable quality environment.

Professionals will guide and train students about eco-friendly construction activities on par with international standards, how to save energy, conceive green building ideas and other allied activities. The students will be provided training by June.

For architects

Addressing the audience, Indian Institute of Architect (IIA), Mysuru Chairman H E Chandrashekar urged Jain to identify experts from the IGBC to train architects in Mysuru. Training could be offered in maintaining, certifying buildings and how to develop eco-friendly buildings, he said.

Student representatives from Vidya Vikas Institute of Engineering and Technology (VVIET) said that the initiative would definitely help promote eco-friendly activities.
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Mysuru chapter Chairman N Muthukumar, Builders Association of India (BAI), Mysuru, chairman N Subramanya,  Confederation of Real Estate Developers' Associations of India (CREDAI), Mysuru president S Prakash and others were present.

Student chapters at...

Mysuru School of Architecture
School of Planning and Architecture
Wadiyar Centre for Architecture
ATME College of Engineering
Vidyavardhaka College of Engineering (VVCE)
Vivekananda Institute of Leadership Development (VILD)
Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering (SJCE)
Maharaja Institute of Technology (MIT)
Shri Dharmasthala Manjunateshwara Institute of Management and Development (SDM-IMD)
MYRA School of Business
Mahatma Gandhi B Ed College
Vidya Vikas Institute of Engineering and Technology (VVIET)


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