Diaspora help for motherland
Sri Lanka's diaspora in Australia and Germany have launched ventures
to help rebuild the motherland, said Australian Institute of Business
Excellence Executive Director Lionel Nawagamuwa. This followed a request
from President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Nawagamuwa, said the Green Buildings
Council of Sri Lanka (GBCSL), which was set up recently held its first
workshop at the Galle Face Hotel in Colombo on Friday. Eminent Sri
Lankan and Foreign scholars from leading educational and research
institutions in Australia, Germany and Sri Lanka participated.
It is a very important to have a local body to develop guidelines for
Green Buildings suitable for local conditions, he said. Senior
university academics, building professionals and state officials got
together and established the GBCSL to fullfil a national requirement.
The GBCSL will work closely with the World Green Building Council set up
in 2002 the WGBC has provided an important non-political global forum to
discuss and promote the sustainable transformation of the global
property industry. The WGBC supports the creation of cultural and
economically appropriate rating tools, the design and construction of
demonstration green development project and other collaborative green
building efforts in developed and developing countries. The founding
countries include Australia, Canada, India, Japan, Mexico, Spain and the
United States, he said.
Prof. Priyan Mendis of the Civil and Environmental Engineering
Department and Head of Infrastructure Protection and Management Group,
University of Melbourne, Australia and a world leader in Construction
and Environmental Engineering who made the opening presentation, on
'Introduction to sustainable Buildings concept and Green star rating
system' said that buildings and communities are responsible for over 40
percent of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere.