BUILDING BETTER: Certificate Course for Sustainable Building Policies and Practices

October 7-9, 2015

CSE organised a training programme on ‘Sustainable Building Policies and Practices’ exclusively for the CPWD officers from different technical backgrounds. The three day programme aimed to deepen the understanding of existing policies, their potential and constraints in promoting efficient use of resources and minimizing waste in public buildings.  The programme explored the scope of harmonizing the policy-driven and market-driven approaches to accelerate the adoption of resource-efficient practices in buildings. 

The programme brought together 16 senior officers including Civil, Electrical engineers and Architects to suggest ways for integrating green measures in building practices.

The first day covered sustainable design principles and energy efficient technologies. The day started with a lecture delivered by Ms. Anumita Roychowdhury, Executive Director- Research & Advocacy in CSE was wonderful on ‘Overview of sustainability and green buildings’, the way in which she gave ideas about sustainability and concepts of green buildings. The presentation provided an overview of issues concerning urbanization, building construction and energy use with a special focus on developmental challenges in building sectors. . She highlighted the fact that the India has still to build 70 per cent of its building stock which will be there in 2030. Pointing out that we have great opportunity to develop differently and be more sustainable. 

Later it was followed by a lecture on ‘Sustainable Architecture’ by Architect Mr. Deependra Prashad, Delhi and he highlighted Eco-friendly architecture – Synchronizing traditional wisdom with modernity. 

Afternoon session dedicated to energy efficient technologies and started by Mr. Inderjit Ahuja who talked about ‘High Performance Building Envelope’. The day was ended with a talk on ‘HVAC Technologies’ by Mr. Samdarsh Nayyar. 

The second day covered Water efficient technologies and focused on the theme Waste management – ‘Water waste’ and ‘Construction and demolition waste’. 

On 3rd day the training culminated with a field visit to a C&D waste recycling plant at Burari.

The participants indicated in their feedback that they had benefitted from the course and would endeavor to utilize the knowledge that they had gained during the training in their work in order to design and construct sustainable buildings and manage waste.