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Saturday 19 July 2014

Latest news in facility management industry in India

Green is the way Indian real estate sector is headed

Corporate India is going “green” with its new campuses and buildings across the country. And this is primarily because it wants to cut down on power and water consumption, to reduce its operational and overhead costs.
According to green building certification agency, Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), out of the 25 billion sq. ft. of built up area in India, green spaces have crossed the 2 billion sq. ft mark. Now the green brigade is looking to reach 10 billion sq. ft. by 2022
But what makes a green building Green? “A building that strives to optimize demand for electricity, water and other natural resources (in construction, operation and demolition); generates all its electricity on site through renewable energy; caters to its water demands through sustainable processes such as rainwater harvesting; and recycles all its waste on site would qualify as a building meeting highest standards of greenness,” Priyanka Kochhar, Senior Programme Associate at The Energy Research Institute (TERI) said.

Source: The Indian Express (22nd June, 2014)

BIAL unveils green map

Besides conducting a tree planting activity on the World Environment Day, Bangalore International Airport Ltd is reinforcing its larger commitment by unveiling the Green Map of the airport. This map is positioned as an industry best practice to create more awareness on various green initiatives taken by BIAL.
This airport has achieved Airport Carbon Accreditation certification to Level 3 ‘Optimisation.’ It is also the first airport in the country to convert all ground operations to biofuel. The airport is equipped with a state-of-the-art 2 MLD (million litres per day) sewage treatment plant and a rain-water harvesting system that has ensured zero discharge and 100% recycling, complying with Karnataka State Pollution Control Board and Ministry of Environment & Forests norms.

Source: Clean India Journal (25th June, 2014)

BBMP to seek Spanish technology to solve SMW problem

Unable to cope up with mountains of garbage and the local residents resorting to rallies and protests resulting in the imposition of prohibitory orders by the Karnataka Government, the Mayor of Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike has sought help from Urbaser Limited of Spain to redress this problem. Urbaser is processing garbage in a place much smaller than the landfill sites including Mandur and Mavallipura in Bangalore.

Source: Clean India Journal (16th June, 2014)

IFMA launches Mumbai chapter

Founded in 1980, IFMA is the world's largest and most widely recognized international association for facility management professionals. In India, they already have chapters in Delhi and Bangalore and have recently launched their Mumbai chapter.

Source: www.ifma.org

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