Urban expansion in India is enormous and will place great pressures on natural resources, especially water and the atmosphere.
There are significant opportunities to reduce these pressures and contribute to human development through green building.
The regulatory framework for green building, with the adoption of Part 5 of the National Building Code, complemented by voluntary codes and green building rating systems, will provide adequate guidance for the expansion of green buildings in the short-term.
Standards for resource-efficient building materials need to be developed.
The capacity to design and construct green buildings needs to be strengthened.
More information about the actual costs and benefits of green buildings needs to be disseminated.