Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) has taken this initiative to draw a vision for a sustainable Hyderabad. The existing system of guidelines and building regulations were prepared with a piecemeal approach and a strong need was felt to improve the building guidelines in an integrated manner, in pace with the best international practices.
The broad vision behind this initiative is to develop guidelines and regulations for environmental sustainable building design, construction and operation; to promote and integrate sustainable practices and facilitate in providing an affordable and higher quality environment for the residents.
This initiative is apt in the direction of achieving sustainable development of Hyderabad and elevates the city as a leader in sustainability in India. Its objectives are to
- Assess present and future environmental issues in the building industry with a focus on urban development in the city
- Provide an affordable and higher quality environment for its habitants
- Promote and integrate sustainable building practices as it benefits both current and future generations
- Formulate guidelines and regulations in building design, construction and operation for a balanced and sustainable built environment
- Facilitate integration of the community in sustainable development of Hyderabad
- Educate people in removing the false notion that environmental building design equates to higher building costs
- Create awareness among public utility agencies, building professionals and users to introduce sustainable planning and design features in their buildings and site planning
The project broadly comprises of six phases.
- Phase 1 – Research and Information Analysis to assess current environmental status and resource utilization in Hyderabad and also a review of national and international best practices for their adaptability in Hyderabad
- Phase 2 – Establishing Environmental Building Guidelines, Regulations and procedures that can be easily understood and brought into practice by the municipal authorities (HMDA, GHMC, HMWSSB, APCPDCL, APPCB, etc), building professionals (architects, planners, engineers, builders, etc), other professionals (NGOs, CBOs, resident groups, RWAs, academicians, etc) and end users.
- Phase 3 – Economic Appraisal Models developed in comparison to various environmental design alternatives and products in terms of savings and pay back periods to assess economic feasibility of the recommended environmental guidelines for their suitability in building industry. Market surveys to understand current economic trends and establish various parameters required for selected models.
- Phase 4 – Implementation Methodologies and Innovative Incentives specific to each sector outlined to enable respective agencies dealing with the implementation of regulations for buildings. Target group specific customized awareness and training programs are also outlined to facilitate in effective implementation of guidelines.
- Phase 5 – Education Material and Leaflets developed outlining specific simple environmental building design, construction and operation concepts for general public in three languages viz., Telugu, English and Hindi. A website is developed to facilitate in information dissemination on the developed guidelines and other related aspects.
- Phase 6 – Trainings for HMDA, GHMC, utility agencies’ officials and other building professionals on technical guidance on the guidelines, compliances and strategies for their effective enforcement