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PRESS INVITE: Regional Dialogue on Sustainable (‘green’) Building Bhubaneswar December-13-2013

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), and Bhubaneswar Development Authority invites you to Regional Dialogue on Sustainable (‘green’) Building Bhubaneswar, December 13, 2013

Our aspiration for higher standards of living is accompanied by an ever-increasing gap between energy demand and supply. Plagued with the highest distribution and transmission losses in the world, buildings (domestic and commercial) in India consume an enormous 33 per cent energy.

A green facade

Building green is definitely important. But equally important is to know how green is a green building. Take the glitzy, glass-enveloped buildings popping up across the country. It does not matter if you are in the mild but wet and windy climate of Bengaluru or in the extreme hot and dry climate of Gurgaon, glass is the in-thing. I have always wondered how buildings extensively using glass could work in such varied climatic zones, where one needs ventilation. Then, I started reading that glass was green. Buildings liberally using glass were being certified green. How come?

Green buildings: it’s common sense

Frenzied growth in real estate and changing lifestyle in Indian cities are inciting resource guzzling. Architects have innovative ideas to build green homes

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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!

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