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Adoption of Green Practices in Industrial Buildings: An Action Research on Capacity Building of Stakeholders towards Green Factories
GAGANPREET KAUR

Last modified: 2016-01-04

Abstract


Buildings and development provide countless benefits to society, they also have significant environmental and health impacts. Rapid industrialization is having an impact on resources, besides creating impacts on human health and wellbeing. To address this, Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) has developed green factory rating system for industrial structures, which can help address issues like energy efficiency, conservation of natural, betterment of working conditions and productivity. The research brings out the action oriented approach followed to generate awareness amongst stakeholders regarding the green factory rating system with special reference to Indoor Environment Quality (IEQ) technologies since it has major impact on the health and productivity of the workers.

Firstly, technologies used for IEQ by operational green factories were studied. Newer technologies employed by existing green factories, as revealed by the study were Building flush out, entryway systems, high efficiency filters and so forth. Taking this as a framework, an intervention programme was developed and conducted on managers of non-green factory buildings, to empower them towards long-term sustainability benefits through green factories. It resulted in change in knowledge and perception of stakeholders, which was statistically analyzed. This change helped them to understand and appreciate how their practices and preferences in their factory buildings can contribute to good working environment thereby leading to a holistic goal of sustainable development. Thus, such interventions can be taken up at a wider scale to motivate community stakeholders to adopt green building guidelines.

Keywords: Climate Change, Green Factory Rating System; Mitigation; Industrial sector; Indoor Environment Quality