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Only 4% green buildings in India due to lack of expertise, funding: Survey

Green building is the practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building's life-cycle

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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About four per cent of buildings in are "green" but a lack of technical expertise to execute projects and funding to pay for improvements remain the biggest barriers to investment, according to a new study.

is the practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building's life-cycle.

The Ireland-based Building Technologies and Solutions conducted its second annual smart city indicator survey to track key drivers, organisational barriers, technology trends, and the status of smart city solution implementations around the world.

The survey queried over 330 city leaders.

It also enumerated some of the key drivers in like greenhouse gas footprint reduction, increasing and increasing building resilience.

The survey noted that has about four per cent but a lack of technical expertise to execute projects and funding to pay for improvements remain the biggest barriers to investments.

Clay Nesler, the of the Johnson Controls, said even though had a slow start it is on track -- with the global average of 14 per cent.

"India is getting bit of a slow start but it would be catching up. The most exciting data that we have is that 46 per cent of the organisations in India are willing to pay a premium to lease space in a green building," he told

India is definitely on track to be consistent with the global average, he said.

The survey was conducted in 20 countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, and the United States, besides India.

The survey findings show that cities are increasingly looking to implement applications that will improve sustainability and the environment while creating jobs, improving public safety and reducing costs.

First Published: Sun, March 10 2019. 13:00 IST
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