Online training: Green Buildings Environmental Safeguards and Certifications

Date: December 03, 2020 

The Habitat team delivered an online training programme on 03rd December for 18 deputy and senior architects of CPWD from across the country. Distributed in four sessions, an integrated course on environmental regulations, green rating systems and climate appropriate design and choice of materials was delivered.

Rajneesh Sareen began with the sessions by giving an overview of sustainability in the built environment with respect to existing codes, certifications and safeguards. It was followed by the certification systems in India like GHAR (Green Habitat Accompanied Rating), which is CPWD’s own Green Rating Manual and the processes and criteria of Environmental Impact Assessment. He expounded on the existing environmental safeguards in the built environment and the various steps a project goes through based on categorization of project.

In later part of the training, various aspects of green building design, thermal comfort, sustainable site planning, resource-efficiency planning for water and waste as well as codes such as Eco Niwas Samhita (also known as the ECBC-R) were covered. Learnings from best practices were also highlighted through several case studies which included AAETI campus, Indira Paryavaran Bhavan and many more. The programme was closed with Q&A.