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Sustainable buildings, lifestyle and resource use
Our personal choices about the level of comfort we want and the means of getting that comfort decides sustainability of our lifestyle. Our small decisions on -- how do we light and air condition our home, offices and shops, use water, dispose waste define livability.

Green Sense: Sustainability Guidelines in Built Environment

March 25, 2017

Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar

A Seminar titled Greed Sense: Sustainability Guidelines in Built Environment was organized by Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi for Faculty of Physical Planning and Architecture, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar on March 25, 2017 in the Conference Hall of Guru Nanak Bhawan of the University. The seminar was well attended by faculties of Physical Planning and Architecture and students (175 Persons).

Experience sharing workshop: Building sense towards climate responsive affordable housing

Date: March 7, 2016

Venue: Magnolia Hall, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

Conference: “Waste to resource: Addressing construction and demolition waste in cities”

Date: December 23, 2013

While construction necessitates enormous amount of construction material that accounts for about half of all materials used, it is also responsible for generating about half of the solid waste that degrades the land and environment. Given the fact that 70 per cent of the buildings that will stand in India in 2030 are yet to be built, this environmental cost will only compound with the anticipated construction boom unless immediate steps are taken to recycle and reuse construction waste and turn it  into a resource.

Orientation Workshop on Agenda for Sustainable Buildings

Kolkata, January 4, 2013

The sustainable buildings team of Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), New Delhi organised a half a day workshop on January 4, 2013 in association with New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA), Kolkata and Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited, West Bengal (HIDCO).

India's building sector must stop resource guzzling if it wants to be called green

CSE warns against environmental debacle in Indian cities if resource guzzling and wastes in the building construction sector is not minimised

Green - Building Rating: Overrated

Green Rating of Buildings Taking Roots

The idea of green rating of buildings has taken roots in India.

Latest report of the Centre for Science and Environment ‘Buildings: Earthscrapers: Environment Impact Assessment of Buildings’

Our homes, offices, shops are the end users of energy, water and materials that influence the resource footprint of cities. Buildings cannot be treated as a low impact sector any more. While individually they aggravate local pollution and resource impacts,cumulatively they are a heavy draw on key resources in the country. Buildings must be managed well to cut their gregarious resource use and wastes.

Conspiracy of Silence

Information shared by MoEF under RTI is minimal and partial. Further it took MoEF far more than a month to respond to the two RTIs filed by CSE. It makes mockery of the appraisal process as evident in the wide gap between information sought by us and the amount of information shared by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF- GoI). This opaqueness must go if cities have to demonstrate their progress towards sustainability.

Keep watching this space for more such revelations!

Green Building Projects

All buildings use resources such as land, water, energy, materials and time to fulfill the functional needs of a space over an extended period of time and leave impacts on the environment. As such, there can be no buildings without environmental impact. However, buildings can be designed to keep the impact of buildings within the carrying capacity of the local environment.

Roundtable Meeting on "Revisiting Environment Impact Assessment for Buildings"

Date: September 8, 2011
Venue: CSE office, India Habitat Centre

2nd 3 Day training programme on 'Sustainable Buildings - Policies and Practices' from 2-4th November

The Sustainable Building Unit of the Centre for Science and Environment conducted a 3 Day training programme on 'Sustainable Buildings - Policies and Practices' from 2-4th November at their Anil Agarwal Green College, New Delhi.

Orientation Programme, 'Regulatory Realm for Green Buildings and EIA’

Date: August 24-26, 2011

Centre for Science and Environment’s Green Building Unit is conducting a three-day orientation programme, 'Regulatory Realm for Green Buildings and EIA’, for regulators and policy makers from different cities of India from August 24-26, 2011. 

3 Day Training Programme Towards Sustainable Buildings: Policies and Practices

February  21-23, 2012

CSE orgainised a training programme 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 harmonising the policy-driven and market-driven approaches to accelerate the adoption of resource-efficient practices in buildings.

Comments of CSE on the MoEF draft notification, issued on 19th January 2009, making certain amendments in the Environment Impact Assessment Notification, 2006

The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), draft notification S.O. 195 (E) dated 19th January 2009, proposes to make certain changes in the Environment Impact Assessment Notification, 2006.

CSE review: Planning Commission's interim report on low carbon strategies for inclusive growth

Introductory Para

There is a clear lack of ambition in the strategies proposed. In case of renewable energy, for instance, the goal proposed even for the 'aggressive effort scenario' is far lower than what has been proposed in the National Action Plan for Climate Change.

Green CSE : Sustainable Habitat

At CSE, the function of buildings is primarily designed for in-house scientific and environmental research and publications on issues pertaining to the environment and development of national and international significance.

Training Programme on 'Green Buildings - Policy & Practices' for Architects and Engineers of CPWD

CPWD, the Central Public Works Department is responsible for building and maintaining public infrastructure including office and residential buildings. As the construction industry evolves, CPWD keeps revising its standards and practices for building construction.


Down To Earth

Use of glass in construction has become a fad. But it is not the right choice for Indian climate

Use of glass in construction has become a fad. But it is not the right choice for Indian climate

What’s good insulation?

Many architects use imported, expensive and environmentally inappropriate material

Keep it flowing: Tour of a house that thrives on air circulation, saves energy cost

Tour of a house that thrives on air circulation, saves energy cost

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