Green Building Design



             Green building is the practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building's life-cycle from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and deconstruction. This practice expands and complements the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort. Green building is also known as a sustainable or high performance building.

Green building research is being done by national laboratories, private companies, universities, and industries across various countries to enhance the existing infrastructure and come up with new advancements.

The topic of Green Building is very diverse. It includes all the steps and methods that help environment-friendliness of buildings and reduce the costs over the life of building.

Green buildings save money, starting the very first day of construction. This is true for green homes as well as sustainable office buildings, factories, churches, schools and other structures. A 2003 study by the California Sustainable Building Task Force shows that an initial green design investment of just two percent will produce savings greater than 10 times the initial investment, based on a very conservative 20-year building lifespan. One indirect benefit to green buildings is often overlooked: reduced demand on electric, gas and water utilities means that these infrastructures can do more with less. This can result in lower municipal utility costs over the long run as utilities need not expand and can avoid passing those expansion costs onto utility customers

The Department of Civil Engineering, VNIT, Nagpur has been actively contributing to the Green Building Technology. The motive of the Department is to create awareness about Green Building Technology through various media like internet and newspapers and through seminars and workshops. The local people, various NGOs, engineers and builders are involved in the process.


The Institute

                             Named after the great Engineer, States & Visionary of modern India, Sir Visvesvaraya, the Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur is one of the thirty National Institutes of Technology. Apart from imparting professional education at under graduate and post graduate levels,the institute has been extending available expertise to various Govt./Semi-Govt.Institutes. Primary objective of the institute is to provide advanced technological skills and expertise to enhance teaching and academics activities. VNIT is uniquly placed to contribute significantly to the quality of technical manpower to maintain and enhance the technological pre-eminence of the country by incorporating current and significant international trends in technology developments in educational experience and accessing to the industry expertise through jointly supervised projects, exchange of high quality testing and certification facilities. The institute has also entered into an MoU with Maharashtra Pollution Control Board, Mumbai to pursue research in thrust areas of Environmental preservation and pollution control.



Dr. R.V. Ralegaonkar, Associate Professor & Principal Coordinator, Department of Civil Engineering
Dr. S.A. Mandavgane, Associate Professor, Head & Coordinator, Department of Chemical Engineering
Dr. R.S. Kotharkar, Associate Professor & Coordinator, Department of Architecture




Short Term Training Programme On: Green Construction Project Management

Date: 23rd and 24th June, 2012
Click Here to view Leaflet.

Orientation Programme On: Green Building Design

Date: 16th December, 2011
Click Here to view Leaflet.




                          The Department of Civil Engineering, VNIT, Nagpur developed this Green Building Website to support the implementation of Green Building Design and sustainability principles. The website has been designed as an educational tool to create an awareness about Green Building concepts and and their importance.

The site will be continuosly updated and expanded to reflect the frontier of best and most recent advances in Green Building Technology.

It is our hope that by creating and sharing these resources, we can both support and learn from others as we all strive to meet the profound challenge of becoming an environmentally sustainable society.


External Links

Indian Green Building Council
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India
Green Buildings, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India



 Contact Us




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 Dr. Aniruddha Dattatraya Ghare

Head of Department
(Civil Engineering)

 Phone: (0712)2801525

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Dr. Rahul V. Ralegaonkar

Professor In Charge
(Green Building Forum)

Phone: (0712)2801090