SEES Distinguished Lecture: Green Building Movement in India

February 18, 2017

Mr. S. Raghupathy, Deputy Director General, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) delivered a lecture titled “Green Building Movement in India” in the SEES Distinguished Lecture series on February 17, 2017.

In this lecture Mr. Raghupathy, traced the journey of Green Building Movement in India and the role of Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), which is a part of CII. He talked about how IGBC embarked on this journey in early 2000 and today with over 4.48 billion sq.ft  in terms of registered green building footprint India stands at no. 2 in the world. 

He also shared that IGBC envisions that going green should become a way of life and we should go green in all areas of life including the place we live, work, study, play and the way we commute. 

Mr. Raghupathy touched upon the strategies adopted by IGBC in facilitating a greener and healthier India and how it converted challenges into growth opportunities to make it a robust National movement. 

Lecture by Mr. S. Raghupathy

Mr. S. Raghupathy, Deputy Director General, Confederation of Indian Industry delivering the lecture at Nalanda University

Bio-Sketch of Mr. S. Raghupathy

Mr. Raghupathy is the Deputy Director General of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). He is also the Head of 4 CII Centres of Excellence -Green Business Centre, Institute of Logistics, Centre for Competitiveness and Water Institute. He is a Gold Medalist in Chemical Engineering from Annamalai University (1976-81). Mr. Raghupathy has 32 years of work experience in the areas of – energy management, green buildings, water management, waste management, renewable energy and urban landscaping. He was selected as “National Expert – Energy Conservation” for the prestigious UNDP- Government of India energy audit project. It was under his leadership, CII-Godrej GBC building gained the unique distinction of becoming India’s first Platinum rated Green Building in 2004. As part of IGBC, he was instrumental in triggering the National green building movement. Under his leadership, IGBC has catalysed over 3,900 projects, amounting to 4.48 billion sq.ft of footprint, thereby making India the 2nd country in the world in terms of largest registered green building footprint. India is one of the founding members of WorldGBC and Mr. Raghupathy has been representing India, right from its inception in 2002.

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