To promote sustainable development and to bring down carbon emission the housing and urban planning department of Uttar Pradesh is going to come up with code of green buildings. The real estate industry and construction business works on the building code specified by the regulatory authorities and so far Uttar Pradesh did not have a defined set of rules to incentivise the smart buildings.
Going forward the UP Government will frame a specific set of rules and framework to recognise energy efficient buildings after floating specific building norms that have to be adhered to.
While the housing department will start approving and compiling the list of the green buildings that adhere to the newly drafted framework, presently the Indian green building council provides ratings to such buildings in Uttar Pradesh. According to the officials close to 130 buildings in the State have been audited, examined and certified as green building projects out of which majority are situated in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad.
The upfront cost of converting a green building into smart one in cities such a Lucknow, Kanpur and Noida ranges between Rs 200 and Rs 570 for a sq ft a square foot. Through some technology interventions that are being followed in the developed countries, the smart building deployments could be achieved at affordable price bands. Cities where large scale development activities have to take place in the coming years such a Ayodhya have already been asked to incorporate the latest measures.