The Roads & Buildings (R&B) Department, Government of Telangana is playing a vital role in the development of green buildings in the state of Telangana. On the occasion of World Environment Day 2021, the prestigious Telangana Integrated Secretariat Complex has registered with Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), and initiative of the Confederation of Indian Industry. CII-IGBC is a premier Green Building certification body in India, and a founding member of World Green Building Council.
According to Sri Vemula Prashanth Reddy, Minister for Roads & Buildings Department, the R&B Department has always ensured sustainable constructions. The upcoming secretariat building has multiple unique features and is being constructed with minimum impact on the environment, resulting in energy savings of at least 30 50%, and water consumption savings of about 20-30%, compared to conventional buildings. This particular aspect is in line with this year’s theme for World Environment Day-Ecosystem Restoration’.
The project is designed and being constructed incorporating the concepts of enhanced building performance, healthy space for building occupants and by taking into consideration the constructions norms due to Covid-19 situation. Building occupants here will be in constant interaction with Nature, which in turn can increase their productivity and keep up their physical and mental wellbeing.
Some of the key features being implemented in the project include excellent day lighting, more than 50% of green cover area, usage of LED lights, rainwater harvesting pits, drip & sprinkler irrigation systems. Additionally, the Secretariat is designed to be easily accessible for differently-abled people and senior citizens. It incorporates latest building automation technologies such as lighting controls, CO₂ monitoring, centralized control of air conditioners and other electrical systems. This project is constructed using locally available materials, and is well connected to public transportation facilities.
Mr I Ganapathi Reddy, Engineer in Chief, R&B Dept. conveyed that Roads & Building dept. is constructing new collectorate integrated office buildings in 28 districts duly complying with IGBC norms that can result in enhancing occupants’ Health & well being, reduction in operational costs and conservation of natural resources.
Mr C Shekar Reddy, Chairman, IGBC Hyderabad Chapter, speaking about this development, underlined that IGBC in collaboration with R&B Department has organized various capacity building programs for engineers and architects involved in the project. The experiences gained, the best practices documented, and the guidelines developed by IGBC in the last 20 years of the Green Building movement in India, were all passed onto the engineers and developers. “IGBC will continue to work with all the stakeholders in facilitating India emerge as one of the global leaders in green buildings,” he said.
IGBC is also working closely with the Government of Telangana to implement its TSIIC -5-point program for ‘Retrofitting Existing IT Parks as Green Buildings in Cyberabad Zone, Hyderabad. The Government of Telangana has taken a multi-pronged approach for reiterating its commitment to sustainability. Among important government buildings that have taken the green route are the HUDA Annexe Building; the Commissioner of Industries Bhavan, Abids; the GHMC West Zone Office; Hyderabad Bhavan; all the Metro stations of the Hyderabad Metro Rail project; the Secunderabad, Hyderabad Deccan, and Kachiguda Railway Stations: Rail Nilayam building; and Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Telangana Martyr’s Memorial, and Hyderabad City Police Commissionerate Headquarters & Integrated Command & Control Centre.