Development Alternatives: Training on Green Buildings

Development Alternatives

Development Alternatives, a non-profit organisation established in 1983 creating large scale sustainable livelihoods is organising a Capacity Building Series (2008- 09) for Green Buildings: Designing a Sustainable Future

Globally, around 40 % of virgin materials and energy and 16 % of the annually available fresh water are consumed by the construction sector. The construction and operation of buildings together trigger a number of environmental problems such as indiscriminate mining and quarrying, deforestation and non-renewable fuel based electricity consumption. Urbanization and economic growth in Asia will only intensify in the foreseeable future, thus placing an even greater demand on finite natural resources and energy.

Many Asian countries have begun to put in place strategies and mechanisms for ‘Green’ buildings. ‘Green’ is now a global buzzword and ‘green buildings’ are rapidly expanding their worldwide footprint. Green or ‘sustainable’ buildings, as they alternatively refer to reduced energy consumption. They make the best use of free renewable sources, such as sun, wind, rainfall and bio-waste and utilize recyclable materials. Green Buildings, while being energy efficient, must address regional and contextual imperatives.

There is an urgent need for knowledge dissemination to demystify various facets of green buildings and to highlight potential benefits over their life cycle. Building professionals must have a practical understanding of critical decision making criteria for design and development of green buildings.


  • To provide an overview of design and construction facets of green buildings
  • To establish decision-making criteria for the design and construction of green buildings
  • To provide exposure to various alternative building materials and technologies which can be used to construct green buildings

The training programme will enable the participants to appreciate the various issues in design and construction of green buildings and will equip them with a design methodology which can then be taken up in their respective contexts along with professional expertise.

PEDAGOGY: The following techniques would be used to conduct the training program.

  • Lectures/interactive sessions

  • Site visit to green buildings and guided tour

  • Case study /Green Building explorations

  • Experience sharing with green building experts

  • Training Support materials/ Handouts

Dates:  30 June to 2 July ’09
Venue: Institute of Social Science, 8 Nelson Mandela Road, New Delhi

This programme is designed for architects, building engineers; professionals form the construction industry- builders and developers, government housing department professionals. The programme is also suitable for final year architectural students.


  • Knowledge and experience from the training

  • Field Exposure and further learning

  • Manuals and training material

  • Networking opportunity for you

  • And an …………Enriched you

FEE: INR 8,500 per participant


The Training fee covers the following:

  • Food during the training hours

  • Course material

  • Field visits

Click here to Download the Registration Form


Last Date for applying: June 24th, 2009


For more information and to register, contact:


Bhavana Gadre
Telephone: 011-26132718


TARA Livelihood Academy
Development Alternatives,
111/9-Z, Kishangarh, Vasant Kunj,
New Delhi-110070

Aastha Kukreti

Aastha Kukreti holds a Master’s degree in Environment Management and her areas of expertise range from waste management, pollution ecology, green audits, ecofeminism, environmental equity and social justice.

One thought on “Development Alternatives: Training on Green Buildings

  1. Wow I didn’t know anything about green building till now. They are fascinating to me and it is something new to think about. Thank you for enriching everyone who reads this.

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