Within next one year Rajasthan state secretariat will be converted into a green building. Work on this project has started four months back and the state Chief Minister has already sanctioned Rs 5 crore for the purpose. Rajasthan will be the first state in the country to convert its secretariat into a green building. It is expected that Rajasthan state government’s endeavour may be soon emulated by other states also.
By converting secretariat into green building, there will be an estimated reduction in energy consumption by 30% and save 40% of water used. Further, the cooling system of the building is being retrofitted with the energy efficiency motors. Also, measures like water conservation, use of green housekeeping chemicals, indoor environmental quality measurement system are on the anvil.
There are already 28 eco-friendly buildings that are fully functional in the state which consume nearly 30-40% less energy and about 40% less water as compared to conventional buildings. And 70 more green buildings in the state have been registered with CII-IGBC (Indian Green Building Council) thus, portraying the state as the most ‘green conscious’ state.
In private sector too move towards green building is becoming a trend. For example, ITC Rajputana has been awarded platinum rating under LEED EB (existing building). Some incentives offered by the state government for green buildings like additional FAR (Floor Area Ratio) concessions are also encouraging the private sector to move on green path.