Pioneers in offering contemporary solutions, Indian Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ISHRAE) organised Harit-Jal-Vaayu on 4th August 2017, at The Leela, Mumbai. The seminar, hosted by Mihir Sanghavi, Treasurer, ISHRAE Mumbai Chapter, focussed on the seismic advancements in the practices adopted to promote green practices, sustainability, conservation of resources, energy-water efficient practices and innovative technologies to improve indoor environmental quality. The consortium witnessed the presence of eminent speakers representing architects, real estate developers, MEP consultants, corporate decision makers, green product manufacturers and institutions.
The essence of the seminar was to understand and generate awareness in the industry and the society at large about some of the best green practices available. It is integral to conserve natural resources which is the need of the hour, managing plans for natural resources and physical planning documents for nature protection measures and requirements. These include review of protected natural assets, ecologically important areas and particularly valuable landscapes, and guidelines for their protection and conservation.
Advocating the importance of natural resources, recycling and reusing materials alongside employing energy efficient equipments is the key to organic sustenance. The seminar also highlighted the importance of the efficient use of resources such as energy, water, and other natural resources and how it translates in facilitating health and improving quality of life. Other aspects of green engineering also encompasses reduction of waste, minimising pollution and environmental degradation.
The seminar marked the presence of renowned stalwarts from the industry such as Guest of Honor, Ashish Rakheja, ISHRAE Presidential Member and Vishal Kapur, National President ISHRAE, Ajaj Kazi, President, ISHRAE Mumbai Chapter.
Speaking on the occasion, Vishal Kapur, National President, ISHRAE said, "30 per cent of the Indian population live in urban areas and this figure is increasing every year and could well touch 50 per cent or 900 million by 2050. This will result in the requirement for building stock to increase multiple times. At a time such as this, we will need to ensure that the growth is responsible and sustainable. Affordable and efficient thermal comfort – water conservation – green buildings are the way forward. A conference like Harit-Jal-Vaayu is a good platform to build awareness and bring forward the solutions and discuss technologies of the future."
Expressing his views on the occasion, Ashish Rakheja, ISHRAE Presidential Member said, "I believe that Harit-Jal-Vaayu is a marvelous platform to promote and cultivate the essence of organic and sustainable development. The emphasis on renewable energy at this credible forum was very well received by the audience here today. ISHRAE has been paramount in supporting green engineering as we believe it's important to make our country self sufficient leading to the path of development."
Speaking on the occasion, Ajaj Kazi, Chairman IPA Mumbai Chapter added, "ISHRAE is honored and delighted to be part of a great initiative such as 'Harit-Jal-Vaayu' seminar. This is a great association to discuss aspects of prime importance such as constructing systems and services for smooth operation and sustainability of buildings."
Modern-intelligent green buildings and sustainable architecture offer spaces and build environment that are designed and constructed through processes that are eco-friendly, sustainable and resource-efficient throughout the building's life-cycle. From site selection to design, construction, operation-maintenance, and renovation of existing structures are all the need of the hour. This entire process requires close coordination between all stake holders such as the design team, architects, engineers, and occupants at all stages. The green building practice complements the classical building design and concerns of occupant's well-being, operational economy, durability, and comfort.