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Building Futures, a green future–Ecobuild India 2013

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The biggest challenge for Modern India today is to find a model of sustainable urbanism, architecture, and design.

“There is no doubt that buildings contribute to 40% of all carbon emissions in the world and therefore, must be green to be sustainable. To outpace global warming, we need to change the way we think, from the highest levels of government, policy and education to the grassroots levels of the common man. Hence, It is time for systemic thinking,” says architect Manit Rastogi, MD, Morphogenesis.

Ecobuild India 2013, the international sustainability conference and exhibition programme at the Bombay Exhibition Centre from April 16-18, 2013, will be one of the largest events for sustainable design and construction in the built environment. The seminar programme would comprise two streams titled “Beyond the Built Environment: Achieving India’s Sustainable Future” and “Making Sustainable Design and Construction Happen.”

Topics such as Tackling climate change – what’s the best strategy for India?; The key challenges before the government in balancing environment and development? Resolving the water conundrum; Collaboration in the area of energy poverty and protecting our rich biodiversity among other issues will be covered at the Seminar.

Stream II of the conference would cover topics such as Embracing India’s heritage in sustainable planning and design; Improving urban planning and design; The future of house building: Green construction and design; Sustainable infrastructure in the context of tall buildings, The future of design and the role of architects: Taking the lead in creating an energy efficient property sector, Investment in Urban Regeneration and Smart Infrastructure among other topics.

The prominent speakers at the event include leading Green developer, Dr Chandrashekar Hariharan, CEO, Biodiversity Conservation India Ltd;

S Padmanabhan, Director, South Asian Regional Initiative for Energy , Senior Energy Advisor, USAID/India; Mr Aaron B. Schwarz, Managing Director, Perkins Eastman; Hans Brouwer, Founder HB Design Pvt Ltd: Architects Yatin Pandya, Karan Grover and Ashok Lall; Arun Kumar, MD, Sun Power; Dr Anil Gupta, Prof Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad; Dr Dipankar Dey, Dean, IBS Business School, Kolkata; Prof Rajiv Mishra, Principal, J J School of Architecture; N K Ranganath, MD, Grundfos India; Manit Rastogi, MD, Morphogenesis; Aamer Azeemi, Managing Director, Emerging Solutions Advisory, CISCO; Mili Majumdar–Director, Sustainable Habitat Division, The Energy & Resource Institute and Niranjan Khatri, GM, ITC Hotels.

“A growing awareness of environmental, social and economic problems associated with contemporary architecture and industry have led business leaders, corporations and nations across the world to adopt practices that are deemed to be more sustainable over the long term. While at present most of these practices have been aimed at reducing resource consumption, energy use and emissions, there really hasn’t been a drastic or fundamental redesign of the entire approach to visualising and creating the built environment,” says Sachin Sandhir, Managing Director & Country Head, Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, South Asia.

He says sustainable development as a rapidly growing phenomenon needs to not only redefine the responsibility of the built environment towards natural habitat, but also its responsiveness towards its inhabitants. He believes forums such as Ecobuild are undoubtedly playing a pioneering role in creating a seismic shift in the design and construction industry in how we perceive buildings and our awareness of the impact of the built environment on the planet.

Lalit Kumar Jain, CMD, Kumar Urban Development Ltd and President Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India says, “Developers play a crucial role in making cities a better place to live in and ensuring a better future for generations to come. Sustainable buildings use design techniques, materials and technologies that minimise a building’s impact on the environment. The upcoming Ecobuild programme will go a long way in furthering the green movement. Attended by the most influential individuals and organisations in design and construction, the programme seeks to educate, inspire and inform.‘’

According to Vijay Adhikari, Director, Ecobuild India, the event strives to reflect the changing dynamics of the sustainability agenda and is supported by leading associations including the GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment), CREDAI (Confederation of Real Estate Developers Associations of India), IIID (Indian Institute of Interior Designers), RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors), BRE (UK’s Building Research Establishment), CIOB (Chartered Institute of Building , UK), and UKTI (UK Trade and Investment), Asia Pacific Real Estate Association, Indian Paint & Coating Association. The full programme line-up will be available at www.ecobuild-india.com

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