IGBC Net Zero Carbon Buildings

The IGBC Net Zero Carbon rating system is a voluntary and consensus-based programme. The rating system is fundamentally designed to encourage the use of low-embodied carbon materials, optimise the buildings’ performance using passive features and technologies, and use of on-site & off-site renewable energy systems and carbon sequestration measures to reduce or off-set the carbon emissions associated with the buildings and its concerned environment.

The rating system evaluates certain mandatory requirements & credit points using a prescriptive approach and others on a performance-based approach.


Benefits

The IGBC Net Zero Carbon rating system addresses the three pillars of sustainability i.e., Social, Environmental and Economical; thereby, the building and campus projects adopting net zero carbon concepts can have multi-fold tangible and intangible benefits.

  • Carbon emission reduction: Promotes the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to India's efforts to combat climate change
  • Resource efficiency: Encourages the efficient use of resources, minimising the environmental impact associated with building construction and operations
  • Energy conservation: Promotes the use of energy-efficient technologies and practices, reducing overall energy consumption in buildings
  • Renewable energy integration: Encourages the integration of renewable energy sources, such as solar power, to meet building energy needs
  • Efficient water use: Encourages the adoption of water-efficient technologies and practices to minimize water consumption in buildings
  • Waste minimisation: Emphasizes the reduction of construction and operations waste through responsible practices.
  • Climate adaptation: Promotes building designs that are resilient to the impacts of climate change, ensuring long-term viability and safety

Overview

The IGBC Net Zero Carbon rating system promotes resource efficiency and encourages use of renewable energy and carbon sequestration measures to offset carbon in Design & Construction phase and Operations phase through the following:

a) Design & Construction Phase
  • Whole Building Life Cycle Analysis
  • Embodied Carbon
    • Green Procurement
    • Reduction in Embodied Carbon
  • Operational Carbon
    • Integrated Approach to Net Zero
    • Passive Architecture
    • Energy Efficiency
    • Water Use Performance
    • Waste diversion from Landfill
    • Offset Operational Carbon
b) Operations Phase
  • Whole Building Life Cycle Analysis
  • Operational Carbon
    • Integrated Approach to Net Zero
    • Passive Architecture
    • Energy Efficiency
    • Water Use Performance
    • Green Procurement
    • Waste diversion from Landfill
    • Offset Operational Carbon

Scope

The IGBC Net Zero Carbon rating system promotes resource efficiency and encourages use of renewable energy and carbon sequestration measures to offset carbon in Design & Construction phase and Operations phase through the following:

  • The Net Zero Carbon rating system (pilot version) is designed for both new & existing buildings and campuses.
  • Net Zero Carbon buildings and campuses include (but are not limited to) airports, commercial, educational institutions, healthcare, hospitality, residential, transit, etc.
  • Projects in Design & Construction phase are those which are design and/ or in construction or in operations for less than one year.
  • Projects in operations phase are those which are in operations for more than one year.
  • The rating system is applicable for buildings with enclosed and habitable spaces.
  • The rating system is applicable to owner-occupied/ tenant-occupied/ mixed-use permanent buildings and campuses with at least one occupant.
    • Interior fit-out projects are not eligible to apply in the present version
  • The tenant-occupied projects shall include the scope of work as per the scope of developer only and not that of tenants while demonstrating compliance.

Certification Levels

The different levels of rating awarded are as below:

Design & Construction phase

Certification Level
Near Net Zero Carbon
Net Zero Carbon

Operation phase

Certification Level
Near Net Zero Carbon
Net Zero Carbon

IGBC will recognise Net Zero Carbon Buildings that achieve one of the rating levels with a formal letter of certification for Design & Construction Phase Certified projects and with a formal letter of certification & a mountable plaque for Operation Phase Certified Projects.

Validity

The rating awarded for IGBC Net Zero Carbon under Design & Construction phase or Operations phase would be valid for a period of 3 years. The projects certified under Design & Construction phase shall apply for Operations phase certification with the prevailing version. The projects certified under Operations phase shall apply for recertification with the prevailing version.

Fee Structure

Registration Fee*:
Membership Category Fee (INR)
IGBC Founding Member 25,000
IGBC Annual Member 25,000
Non Member 30,000
Design Certification Fee(Rs)*
Membership Category Base Fee Additional fee for Projects with multiple buildings including common basements*
Overall built-up area
5,000 sq m & below 5,001 sq m to 20,000 sq m 20,001 sq m to 50,000 sq m 50,001 sq m to 75,000 sq m For each additional building with built-up area 5,001 sqm and above
Flat Fee (INR) Flat Fee (INR) Flat Fee (INR) Flat Fee (INR) Flat Fee (INR)
IGBC Founding Member 1,80,000 2,60,000 3,55,000 4,75,000 50,000
IGBC Annual Member 1,90,000 2,70,000 3,70,000 4,90,000 50,000
Non-Member 2,00,000 2,80,000 3,80,000 5,00,000 50,000

* Design certification fee is applicable for projects in design and construction phase.

Certification Fee(Rs)#
Membership Category Base Fee Additional fee for Projects with multiple buildings including common basements*
Overall built-up area
5,000 sq m & below 5,001 sq m to 20,000 sq m 20,001 sq m to 50,000 sq m 50,001 sq m to 75,000 sq m For each additional building with built-up area 5,001 sqm and above
Flat Fee (INR) Based on sq m (INR) Based on sq m (INR) Flat Fee (INR) Flat Fee (INR)
IGBC Founding Member 1,80,000 Rs. 2,05,000 plus Rs. 6 per additional sq m over & above 5,000 sq m Rs. 3,25,000 plus Rs. 6 per additional sq m over & above 20,000 sq m 5,75,000 50,000
IGBC Annual Member 1,90,000 Rs. 2,15,000 plus Rs. 6.25 per additional sq m over & above 5,000 sq m Rs. 3,40,000 plus Rs. 6.25 per additional sq m over & above 20,000 sq m 5,90,000 50,000
Non-Member 2,00,000 Rs. 2,25,000 plus Rs. 6.50 per additional sq m over & above 5,000 sq m Rs. 3,50,000 plus Rs. 6.50 per additional sq m over & above 20,000 sq m 6,00,000 50,000

# Certification fee/ Provisional certification fee is applicable for projects in operation phase.

Notes:
  • The fee mentioned above is exclusive of Goods and Services Tax (GST).
  • The fee structure is applicable to both Owner-occupied and Tenant-occupied projects.
  • Parking areas need not be considered as part of the built-up area.
  • Registration, Design certification and Certification/ Provisional certifications fees are non-refundable.
  • Membership discounts can be availed only if the Project Owner or Developer is a member of IGBC.
  • Only one plaque would be awarded on a complimentary basis for projects adopting a Net Zero rating. If the client wishes to have an additional plaque, INR 20,000 + GST would be payable for each additional plaque.
Additional Notes:
  • The registration fee shall be payable once for adopting any Net Zero rating or a combination of Net Zero ratings.
  • The projects which adopt second and/or third Net Zero rating (Say NZ Energy or NZ Water or NZ Waste to Landfill) shall be offered 20% reduction on the base NZ certification fee for each NZ rating whenever the project applies for certification.
  • The project which applies only for Net Zero Carbon certification shall pay full certification fee as per the fee mentioned above.
  • The projects which apply for two or more Net Zero ratings (i.e. Energy, Water & Waste to landfill) in addition to the Net Zero Carbon rating, then such projects shall be offered 20% reduction on the base NZ Carbon certification fee.

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