The buildings in which we live and work are a major consumer of energy, responsible for some 30-40 percent of all carbon dioxide emissions, a similar share of total solid waste, and 12 percent of all fresh water used. With the rate of urbanization reaching record levels, there will be more construction and buildings than ever before.
“If there is an area that needs addressing, it is homes that will become air-conditioned in the coming decade,” says. Ashok Lall, a leading architect specializing in low-energy design. A home fitted with two conditioning units will use 2.5 times more energy. The market for retrofitting rooms in existing buildings with air-conditioning is growing by 10-15% a year, he adds. The goal is to radically reduce buildings’ environmental footprint and long-term negative social and financial effects.
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 event with global chapters happening across UK, China and Malaysia will be launching in India in April. Ecobuild India’s prestigious conference and seminar programme would comprise two streams titled”Beyond the Built Environment: Achieving India’s Sustainable Future” and “Making Sustainable Design and Construction Happen.”
The conference programme would engage key industry speakers, government and academia in cutting edge debates and high level discussions to cover 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, Protecting our rich biodiversity among other issues.
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, architect Yatin Pandya, architect Karan Grover, architect Ashok Lall, Mr 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, Mr N K Ranganath, MD, Grundfos India, Mr Manit Rastogi, MD, Morphogenesis, Aamer Azeemi, Managing Director, Emerging Solutions Advisory, CISCO, Mili Majumdar –Director, Sustainable Habitat Division, The Energy & Resource Institute, Niranjan Khatri, GM, ITC Hotels among others.
The exhibition and experience zone at Ecobuild India will provide dozens of innovative solutions and practical advice through it’s interactive attractions and features on the show floor.
“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
The show is organized by UBM India, part of UBM Plc, the global media company listed on the London Stock Exchange with over 6,500 staff in 40 countries.
• Ecobuild , the sustainability exhibition and conference to enable eco friendly construction and development
• A global platform to bring together government, developers, architects and consultants