Pune: P Gopalakrishnan, the Managing Director for Asia-Pacific and Middle East Markets for the United States based Non-Profit organisation Green Business Certification Inc.(GBCI), said in a one to one interaction with Sakal Times that their LEED system of certification will be very beneficial in ensuring compliance with environmentally friendly construction practices across commercial and residential sectors.
“Buildings need to be designed smartly for a sustainable future,” Gopalakrishnan said, adding, “To ensure this, we have developed a point based audit and certification system, based on which, one can evaluate the level of sustainability that a construction has. He also said that the certification is a scalable system which can adapt to the local conditions and atmosphere and then decide the benchmarks for construction practices.”
Gopalakrishnan said that they not only provide certification but also undertake knowledge sharing and consultation with the complete value chain involved in the construction industry. “We consult developers, architects, engineers and others in the supply-value chain so as to how they can achieve sustainability in their projects,” he said.
When asked on how the metrics work, He said, “It is based on various elements like water usage, construction material used and overall energy efficiency etc. There are almost 100 such factors that are used to determine the LEED rating of the building. For affordable homes, we have an EDGE rating for certification.”
Gopalakrishnan also said that their emphasis on the Pune market is prominent. “The Pune market is special for us.
Out of our 1,000 plus intellectual resource professionals, almost 200 are in Pune,” he said, adding, “We have already a large number of corporate and commercial projects in Pune who use have used our compliance system. Even the PMC has included LEED and EDGE in their lists of certifications for constructions.”
“We also talk to manufacturers and consult them on the production of environment-friendly materials and products that can be used in construction.”
Gopalakrishnan said. He also said that the GBCI being a non-profit is involved in knowledge sharing and research and development and provides their certification for a minimal fee.