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CII-IGBC issues guidelines to combat Covid-19 in green buildings

Our Bureau Hyderabad | Updated on June 08, 2020

The CII-Indian Green Buildings Council (CII-IGBC) has issued new guidelines for post-lockdown reopening of buildings.

The IGBC Guidelines for Combating Covid-19 in Green Buildings come in the light of relaxation in lockdown and growing expectations of economic recovery in the second half of 2020.

It provides comprehensive post-lockdown strategies to manage people and workplaces. Since 2001, IGBC has facilitated over 5,890 projects to go green, amounting to 7.16 billion sq ft of green built space.

Covid-19 is changing the way organisations function and how offices are operated, maintained and managed. In these unusual times green and healthy buildings have become the need of the hour for securing business continuity and health, hygiene, safety, and occupant well-being. IGBC is working to support the industry and all its stakeholders to create short-term and long-term solutions, and in preparing businesses to adopt a new normal.

The guidelines place emphasis on methods of maintaining sanitisation and hygiene in the entire building, addressing related aspects of indoor air quality to purify the space, taking into account the role of equipment and technologies to make the interiors safer, detailed protocols for occupants and visitors for entering the premises and using the buildings, prioritising contamination control and reducing indoor emission, creating SOP’s for transit, managing & advocating best practices related to potable and drinking water quality and methods for handling medical emergencies related to Covid-19.

V Suresh, National Chairman of IGBC, said, “CII’s IGBC is showing the way forward to help the country get back to work in a phased, safer and greener manner. Many IT companies have already begun operating from their offices with reduced staff, while others have resorted to only critical functions operating from workplaces. It’s indeed a sensitive topic, and unless companies are able to allay the concerns for health, hygiene and safety of their employees, bringing them back-to-work will have to be done in a staggered manner.”

Published on June 08, 2020

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