National Level Incentives
GRIHA Scheme for promoting Implementation of Energy efficient solar/ green building Programme
It is understood that large scale promotion of GRIHA will help in getting the new buildings constructed on the concepts of Green Building design suitable for Indian conditions.
- Incentive to Architects/ Design Consultants
To encourage Architects and consultants to design buildings on Green Architectural concepts and get them rated under GRIHA, and incentive as per below will be available from MNRE.
- Rs. 2.50 lakhs for projects upto 5000 sq.m. built-up area with minimum 3 star rating
- Rs. 5.0 lakhs for projects > 5000 sq.m. built-up area with minimum 4 star rating
Procedure for release of the incentives to architects/ design consultants and settlement of account with MNRE will remain same as given in para A above.
- Capital subsidy for SPV installations
One of the criteria under GRIHA is to meet 1% of total connected load for interior lighting and space conditioning through solar photovoltaics. It has been decided to support such photovoltaic system through capital subsidy which will be made available under Ministry’s scheme on Solar Photovoltaic Systems/Devices for Urban Areas.
A financial support of upto Rs. 2.00 lakh for each activity could be provided for organizing workshops/ seminars/ training programmes/ meetings of NAC/ publications/ awareness campaigns etc. to implementing agencies including GRIHA Secretariat.
- Incentives to Urban Local bodies :
A one-time incentive of Rs. 50 lakhs to Municipal Corporations and Rs. 25.00 lakhs to other Urban Local Bodies will be available to those who i) announce rebate in property tax for energy efficient solar/green buildings rated under GRIHA, ii) make it compulsory to get the new buildings under Govt. & Public Sector rated under GRIHA and iii) sign an MOU with GRIHA Secretariat in presence of MNRE for large scale promotion of Green Buildings in their area.
- Institution of Awards/ Incentive:
Annual awards to green buildings rated 5 Star under GRIHA will be given away by the Ministry in the form of Shields/ Certificates. Cash incentive of Rs. 50 lacs to Municipal corporations and Rs.25 lakh to municipalities/other Urban Local Bodies (one each to them) will also be given away that perform the best in promoting Green Buildings in their areas from 2011-12 onwards.
Funds for other activities as felt necessary by GRIHA Secretariat to promote GRIHA as large scale in the country may also be considered by MNRE with the approval of NAC subject to availabilityLocal Incentives.
GO 302 – Andhra Pradesh Revised Building Rules, 2008
- Incentives for owners leaving more setbacks / installing solar heating & lighting system / rain water harvesting / recycling of waste water:
The following incentives in terms of rebate in Property tax will be given by the local authority for owners or their successors-in-interest who:
(a) Construct the building /blocks by leaving more setbacks than the minimal stipulated in these Rules:
Leaving 1.5 times the minimum setbacks in all sides: 10 % rebate*
Leaving 2.0 times the minimum setbacks on all sides: 20 % rebate*
* The setbacks has to be on all sides to qualify for the rebate. Leaving more on one side and the minimum on other sides would not qualify for such rebate.
(b) Install and use solar heating and lighting system: 10 % rebate.
(c) Undertake both recycling of waste water and rain water harvesting structures: 10 % rebate
(d) Where owners provide at least 25% additional parking space over and above the minimum specified in Rule 11, they would be allowed for a rebate of 10 % in property tax.
- Disincentive for lack of Greenery and RWH structures:
If the Greenery development as mentioned in Rule 9.9 is not provided and maintained and Rain water harvesting structures are not provided, 10% of additional Property tax every year would be imposed as penalty by the sanctioning authority till the said condition is fulfilled.
Relevant National-level Guidance Documents
National Building Code (NBC), 2005
Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC), 2007
MoEF Manual on norms and standards for environment clearance of large construction projects
National Rating System – GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment)
An evaluation tool to help design, build, operate, and maintain a resource-efficient-built environment
ACTS & GO'S
GO 86 - Solar Heaters
The state of Andhra Pradesh released an order in 2004 to increase solar energy usage – both photovoltaics and solar thermal systems. In particular, all advertising boardings must replace their conventional lighting systems with photovoltaic lights. Municipal governments are also mandated to power all streetlights up to 20 feet in height with solar photovoltaic systems. Furthermore, all hospitals, nursing homes, hotels, guest houses, lodges, and multistoried residence buildings must incorporate solar water heating systems before building clearance can be obtained.
This order also includes some components related to designing for energy efficiency, including mandating energy efficient lighting before building clearances can be obtained. Pipelines to and from both solar water heaters and electric water heaters must be insulated.
This an act with the corresponding rules to promote water conservation, and Tree cover and regulate the exploitation and use of ground and surface water for Protection and conservation of water Sources, land and environment.
Protection of Trees
In every Municipal Corporation or Municipality or other local area, the number of trees to be planted and their subsequent maintenance shall be on the following scale:
(i) Residential areas: Every house hold having above 100 square meters area shall plant at least small or medium variety in their premises as follows.
Below 100 Square meters – 3 trees
101 to 200 Square meters – 5 trees
201 to 300 Square meters - 10 trees
301 Square meters and above – 10 trees plus 5 trees for every increase of 100 Square meters.
(ii) Commercial or institutional areas: Commercial establishments shall plant trees as follows:-
|Plot Area (1)
No. of trees (2)
Below 200 Square meters
201 to 500 Square meters
501 to 1000 Square meters
Above 1001 Square meters
6 trees plus 2 trees for every increase of 100 square meters
The local authority having jurisdiction shall grant building permission subject to the condition that the owner shall plant prescribed number of trees.
The owner of the premises or house shall maintain the trees and shall not fell the tree without the prior permission of the Designated Officer.
If any owner desires to fell a tree, he shall apply in writing tothe Designated Officer for permission in Form 11(a) with a fee per tree as indicated below in that behalf. The application shall be accompanied by a site plan indicating the position of the tree required to be felled and the reasons therefor.
(i) For urban residential and Institutional areas - Rs. 50/-
(ii) For urban commercial areas - Rs. 100/-
(iii) For rural areas - Rs. 25/-
On receipt of such application the Designated Officer or an officer authorized by him, may, after inspecting the trees and holding such enquiry, as he deems necessary either grant or refuse the permission applied for in form 11(b). Provided that permission shall not be refused, if the tree:
(i) is dead, diseased or wind fallen or
(ii) has silviculturally matured; or
(iii) constitutes a danger to life or property; or
(iv) constitutes obstruction to traffic, or
(v) is substantially damaged or destroyed by fire, lightning rain or other natural causes.
Lake Catchment area protection
GO 86: Restrictions of building activity in vicinity of certain areas:
(a) No building/ development activity shall be allowed in the bed of water bodies like river, or nala, and in the Full Tank Level (FTL) of any lake, pond, cheruvu or kunta / shikam lands.
(b) The above water bodies and courses shall be maintained as recreational/Green buffer zone, and no building activity other than recreational use shall be carried out within:
(i) 30 meters from the boundary of Lakes of area 10 Ha and above
- 9 meters from the boundary of lakes of area less than 10 Ha / kuntas / shikam lands;
- 9 meters from the boundaries of Canal, Vagu, etc.
- 2 meters from the defined boundary of Nala
The above shall be in addition to the mandatory setbacks. Unless and otherwise stated, the area and the Full Tank Level (FTL) of a lake / kunta shall be reckoned as measured or given in the Survey of India topographical maps/Irrigation Dept.
G.O. 111: Protection of Catchment area of Osmansagar and Himayatsagar lakes
The GO 111 stringently restricts construction within 10 km radius of two lakes, Himayat Sagar and Osman Sagar, the erstwhile drinking water sources of the twin cities. The G.O. prohibits various developments within 10 km catchment area of the lakes covering 84 villages. Apart from prohibiting polluting industries, major hotels, residential colonies or other establishments that generate pollution in the catchment of the lakes, various other measures were stipulated in respect of residential developments