ICED as a green building

Keeping in mind the increasing importance of environmental issues in the process of planning and development in India and to provide the necessary skills to auditors,  the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (C&AG) has decided to set up a training centre called “International Centre for Environment Audit and Sustainable Development (iCED)” at Jaipur. iCED seeks to harness India’s expertise and provide extensive training and experience sharing in the field of environment audit and sustainable development. The C&AG has conducted more than 100 environment audits in the past 20 years.
iCED facility in Jaipur has been conceived as a green building and a host of design and construction features have been incorporated to reduce the carbon footprint of the building, signifying C&AG’s commitment towards environment conservation. The iCED facility in Jaipur was also conceived as a green building. As such, a host of features has been incorporated in its design and construction to reduce its carbon footprint. This includes the use of green technologies like a solar photo-voltaic farm, an earth air tunnel, energy efficiency features like orientation optimization, overhang sizing, skylights for daylight, insulation on walls and roofs, LED & efficient lighting, and 100 percent external lighting with solar PV cells. It will also include ecological and green features, like use of 30 percent fly ash in concrete, fly ash bricks, local materials (marble, stone, sand), a sewage treatment plant, rainwater harvesting, native plants, and an organic farm. SAI India intends to achieve a 5-star Green rating for this building, signifying its commitment to environmental conservation.
The construction of iCED at Jaipur is in full swing and academic facilities are scheduled to be ready by 2012. In the meantime, iCED has already started functioning from April 2011 from the premises of Regional Training Institute in Jaipur.