Recognized for his pioneering green building initiatives,Mr. Hairharan is a Chartered Accountant and an Economist. He has worked for over 25 years on projects covering watershed management, energy management and other areas relating to urban sustainability. He is a prolific writer and runs columns in national dailies and portals on how consumers can go green at minimal cost. He is Group Chairman and steers demonstration of global standards of sustainability on projects undertaken by Group Zed.
He is chairperson for a clutch of organizations at the 500-crore ZED group which is the largest [and the earliest] green homes builder in India, currently creating 1.5 million sq.ft of ‘zero energy developed’ homes.
In Feb 2010, he was conferred the distinguished Udyog Rattan Award for Excellence by the Institute of Economic Studies, New Delhi. The Week magazine chose him last year to be among ’30 Indian Pearls’ to commemorate their 30th anniversary. The Builders’ Association of India conferred its Distinguished Green Builder Extraordinaire award on him in Jan 2012. Personally, he sees himself as having failed. The one reason, he believes, is that people don’t appear to want as much for themselves as he wants for them. He has been driving initiatives at the Indian Green Building Council. Over the last decade, he has served as consultant for governments of Uttaranchal, Kerala and Nagaland on eco-conscious tourism infrastructure and environment policies, apart from serving as consultant for urban water supply and sanitation development for the Manila-based Asian Development Bank. He has also consulted on energy practices for the Paris-based ADEME, and EU institution for promoting energy efficiency in buildings.
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