India to promote environment friendly buildings

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New Delhi, Jan 4 (ANI): Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah said here today that it would be made mandatory for all buildings of state-run offices to pass the energy requirement levels.

Speaking at a conference organised by Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment, Environmentalist Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, underlined the need for making necessary changes in the building sector to strike a balance between development and environment preservation.

"We now really have to act as missionaries and make sure that the entire building sector reaches a level of efficiency that not only serves the purpose of this country but stands out as a shining example for rest of the world," said Pachauri.

Farooq Abdullah, who also attended the conference, said that this would make an impact upon the State governments to raise their standards.

"It is mandatory for almost all government building that are going to come up, they will have to come 4-5 star rating that has to be done. We are now impressing on state governments also to get onto the same and we will assist them in that," Abdullah added. (ANI)

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