The urban development and housing (UDH) department has prepared a draft of amended model building bylaws to promote green buildings in the state. Following the proposal of Indian Green Building Council, Rajasthan has prepared a draft to provide relaxation in bylaws to motivate more developers to construct green buildings. A senior town planning official informed TOI, “Once the bylaws are implemented, slew of measures will be introduced including additional floor-area ratio (FAR) for projects under Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) for green buildings. Till last year, the state had 83 Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) registered projects with a footprint of 103 million sq ft of green buildings,” said an official.
Amendments were proposed after examining model bylaws of other states. “At present, the state provides 7.5% additional floor-area ratio (FAR) to developers for constructing green buildings, free of cost. The benefit is only provided once the building is completed. However, this provision was not there in other cities. Additional FAR is provided at the time of layout plan approval. We have also proposed the same. Any decision will be taken after receiving a nod from the UDH minister,” said a town planning official.
An official said, a green building is one which uses less water, optimizes energy efficiency, conserves natural resources, generates less waste and provides healthier spaces for occupants, as compared to a conventional building. A building is assessed based on its predicted performance over its entire lifecycle. “We have earlier proposed to appoint Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (Griha) for evaluating green buildings in the state. As per the proposal, builders have to register themselves for the green rating once the construction is complete. The project team then evaluates all the possible points under the rating system using a checklist,” said the official
The government of Rajasthan has proposed to reward developers by giving extra floor-area ratio (FAR) between 7.5% to 15% at no cost.
Like other states, Rajasthan too would provide certificates to its green buildings. These buildings would be bifurcated into three categories including platinum, gold, and silver, said an official.
Buildings certified as platinum would be rewarded with 15% FAR. Similarly, gold and silver certification would get 10% and 7.5% FAR, respectively.
News Source: Times of India