The construction industry is one of the largest economic activities contributing to India's development. India has been witnessing tremendous growth in building and construction sector for the past 5 years.
With the increase in income levels, there are also changes in the life styles of various sections of the society. While this is a healthy trend, it is putting enormous pressure on the resource demand - like energy, water, materials, etc.
The stakeholders of the industry have a vital role to play in preserving the environment. The Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) was formed in the year 2001 to address many of these aspects. The vision of the council is `To usher in a green building movement in the country and to facilitate India become one of the world leaders in green buildings by 2015'.
With a modest beginning of 20,000 sq.ft of green footprint in the country in the year 2001, today over 2,007 Green Buildings with a Footprint of over 1.40 Billion sq.ft are being constructed all over India.
The Council's activities have enabled a market transformation with regard to green building concepts, materials and technologies. The projected market potential for green building material and technologies is estimated to be 100 billion USD by the year 2012.
To advance green building movement in the country, IGBC is organising India's flagship event on green buildings, Green Building Congress 2014 on 4 - 6 September 2014 at Hyderbad, India.