Recognizing the growing momentum of Green Buildings in Bangladesh, PaCT, in collaboration with Green Technologies and the Textile Technology Business Center (TTBC), organized a day-long workshop on ‘Green Buildings’ on 18 February at the BGMEA Apparel Club. The workshop was conducted by Mario Seneviratne, LEED Fellow and Faculty Member of the US Green Building Council.
The workshop commenced with an interactive plenary session on the ‘Prime Position of Textile Industries in Bangladesh’. “Green Buildings are an excellent platform for businesses to penetrate the market,” stated Mario. “They address the primary business drivers, and empower you to run your business sustainably,” he added. Mishal Ali, Deputy Managing Director, Bitopi Group and one of the guest speakers, concurred with Mario, stating, “Having a green facility always helps. It allows your organization to monitor its progression toward sustainability. There are now several donor agencies and financial institutions that are highly interested to fund green projects in the Bangladesh textile sector.”
Highlights of the workshop sessions included contextual and tailored lectures on Fundamentals of Green Building, an overview of the globally recognized LEED certification system, and Energy and Water audits as resource conservation tool. The workshop was attended by more than 70 participants from 29 textile factories, and 2 engineering and architecture firms. At the end of the vent, many participants expressed their interest to adopt Green Buildings on their factories’ premises.