Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Building Sustainable Habitats

The two-day sixth GRIHA Summit saw leading professionals from the government, academia, civil society organisations, builders, architects and engineers discussing breakthroughs in the urban and rural habitats. Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) is the national rating system for green buildings in India. Delivering the inaugural address, Dr Rajeev Gowda, member of Parliament in the RajyaSabha, said, “While negotiating with other countries on environment and climate change issues, we emphasise that India is a low-carbon impact society. However, things are changing and adversely. But we can still pre-empt this kind of future. We can distill the knowledge of our ancestors, build a bridge between the ancient wisdom and our cutting edge technology.”

Mantri Developers Review

Amit Kumar, adjunct professor, TERI University and Vice president, GRIHA Council voiced his concerns on the need to introduce certain changes in the construction sector. Sharing the latest achievements of GRIHA he commented that “… we have over 21 million square metres that have been registered for GRIHA certification.”

So far 575 projects have been registered, and it is expected that more than 150 projects will be added this year. DrLeenaSrivastava, acting director-general, TERI, stressed on the rapidly changing environment and the need to involve all stakeholders. “Climate, as we know it, is changing. While we want people to occupy green buildings, and there are more energy service companies stepping in with services required to facilitate this, it is important that the end-users are empowered to make informed decisions and understand that the economics work in their favour. The need for concerted action on enhancing energy efficiency is much higher today, both for global and domestic reasons,” she said.

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