AHMEDABAD: The Covid-19 pandemic has proven to be a catalyst for the rapid adoption of the green building concept in Gujarat. According to the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), the state witnessed an impressive surge of 91 green building registrations between January and March this year, compared to 93 registrations in the entirety of 2022.

This significant increase is credited to developers increasingly recognizing the cost competitiveness of green buildings and buyers acknowledging the multiple advantages they offer.

Sameer Sinha, former chairman of IGBC Ahmedabad, expressed, “For a decade, we have been promoting green buildings and now witness a growing interest among developers to embrace green building practices. They have realized that green buildings not only offer environmental benefits but also economic advantages. The construction cost of green buildings is comparable to traditional buildings, while operational costs are around 40% lower due to energy and water savings.”

In the aftermath of the Covid pandemic, Gujarat has seen a remarkable surge in green building registrations. In 2019, the state had a total of 51 registered green buildings, which substantially increased to 93 in 2022. Jayesh Hariyani, the chairman of IGBC Ahmedabad, highlighted the decreasing construction cost of green buildings as a driving factor attracting more developers to embrace sustainability practices.

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