Green Buildings May Get More Floor Area Ratio, 10% Rebate In Property Tax – Hindustan Times – 17-Nov-2014
November 18, 2014 - Uncategorized
Constructing energy efficient, green buildings in Delhi could soon mean extra ground coverage, floor area ratio and 10% rebate in property tax too.
The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has come out with draft regulations for construction of green buildings, which also include incentives for those who plan to construct such buildings.
A green building is one which uses less water, optimises energy efficiency, conserves natural resources, generates less waste and provides healthier spaces for occupants, as compared to a conventional building. An energy efficient building could lead to 30-50% energy savings and 20-30% water savings.
The draft regulations, which would be part of the Master Plan of Delhi 2021 once notified, have been put in the public domain for suggestions and objections.
To encourage green building measures, DDA has proposed that one to four per cent extra ground coverage and floor area ratio may be given as an incentive, going up to five per cent in exceptional cases. DDA also proposed that local municipal bodies can also give a rebate of 10% in property tax for three years to green buildings.
To get these benefits, however, one has to get certificates based on the rating criteria prescribed by ‘Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment’ (GRIHA) for green buildings. There are plans to monitor implementation of green measures during and after construction of the building too.
In case the incentives such as extra coverage is used but green building measures are not taken, a penalty at market rate would be levied for extra coverage by land owning agency. Similarly, those benefiting from rebate in property taxes but not adhering to green building norms would ne penalised too.
One of the major thrust areas of the regulation is the conservation of water and the need for making rainwater harvesting mandatory. DDA has proposed that rainwater harvesting should be mandatory for all new buildings on plots of 100 sq. mtrs. and above. Also, all buildings with a minimum discharge of 10,000 litres and above per day should incorporate waste water recycling system. The recycled water should be used for horticultural purposes.
It was also proposed that while sanctioning of building plans for group housing residential, institutional and commercial buildings, having a ‘dual piping’ system and mini sewage treatment plant for using treated water for non-potable uses like gardening, washing of vehicles, cooling towers, etc., can be made mandatory.
All commercial, industrial establishments etc., will have to make arrangements for primary effluent treatment within the plot.