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CIOB Green Mark for NSBM University : South Asia’s first-ever Green University

As the premier professional body which promotes Green constructions, The Ceylon Institute of Builders (CIOB), presented the coveted CIOB Green Mark award certification and plaque to NSBM University, the first-ever Green University in the whole of South Asia. In adherence to the specifications of the government-owned Building and Construction Authority of Singapore, The Ceylon Institute of Builders honored NSBM University situated at Homagama with this prestigious Green Mark certification. His Excellency President Maithripala Sirisena recently presented the CIOB Green Mark certificate to NSBM University – appraising and endorsing it as a Green University Town – at a ceremony in the presence of Dr. Rohan Karunaratne, President of The Ceylon Institute of Builders.
Expressing his views on this initiative, Dr. Rohan Karunaratne, President of The Ceylon Institute of Builders said:
“In the building industry, the latest innovative trend in the world is the construction of Green buildings also known as Green constructions or sustainable buildings. There is a multitude of benefits in Green constructions. Amongst the key inherent advantages of Green buildings are established to a longer life cycle, environmental friendly, conserve energy and directly benefits to human health, while improving productivity of the occupants. It is because of the wide ranging plus factors that the Ceylon Institute of Builders (CIOB) works vigorously towards the expansion of Green constructions in Sri Lanka. The CIOB has initiated a series of programs to achieve the objective of more Green buildings. One of the key tasks in this process involves the inspection of large-scale Green constructions in terms of compliance with accepted international standards and norms and awarding quality certification to those within the range of these global specifications. They are presented with the locally and internationally accepted CIOB Green Mark certificate. We obtain the technical support of the Singapore Government’s Building and Construction Authority, for this purpose. The Ceylon Institute of Builders has already awarded the Green Mark certification to many leading Green buildings in the country. In the NSBM Green University inaugurated recently, all aspects of construction have been done completely in adherence to Green specifications. We awarded the CIOB Green Mark certificate to this building complex after an inspection in terms of global benchmark quality standards. The NSBM University in Sri Lanka is the first-ever Green University in the whole of South Asia. This institution is owned by the Sri Lankan Government. As the premier body which awards Green Mark certification, we are happy that the NSBM University is a Green building complex and that CIOB as a leading Green Building accreditor in Sri Lanka, was able to recognize and honor this University Town”.
The Ceylon Institute of Builders initiate two prestigious award ceremonies annually with the core objective of giving a motivation to promote Green building concept in Sri Lanka and also to drive them to achieve international benchmark quality standards. Qualifying Green Products and Green Institutions are awarded CIOB Green Mark certificates at these bi-annual events. In addition, the CIOB also conducts advanced training courses on achieving global standards through Green construction management for professionals of leading construction companies. The Ceylon Institute of Builders is, therefore, not only the leading, but also the pioneer organization in awarding Green constructions in keeping with international benchmark standards. In collaboration with the Building Economics and Management Research Unit (BEMRU), Department of Building Economics, University of Moratuwa, the Ceylon Institute of Builders has been organizing the World Construction Symposium in Sri Lanka for the past five years. The Institute also plays a lead role in hosting the Construction Expo in Colombo annually.
Taking Sri Lanka’s construction industry to the next level is the core objective of these programs.

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