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TERI launches a new rating system for large scale developments

The Energy and Resources Institute - Mon, 18 Feb 2013 04:55 GMT
Author: The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
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By: Zainab Naeem (TERI)/New Delhi, India The 12th Five Year Plan released by the Planning Commission of India states that nearly 285 million people were living in urban agglomerations. The number increased to almost 380 million in the year 2011 and the projections are that by 2030, almost 600 million people will be living in urban areas. Increasing population coupled with continued urbanization is likely to result in the emergence large scale developments comprising of about 60-70 cities with population of more than a million by 2030. In order to address some of these key issues, and promote energy efficiency across the spectrum to reduce carbon footprint, TERI and ADARSH (Association for Development and Research of Sustainable Habitats)) jointly launched the GRIHA LD- an offshoot of highly successful GRIHA and SVAGRIHA— the green rating for integrated habitat assessment which has been conceptualized especially for buildings whose total built up area is greater than or equal to 1, 50,000 sq.m. The project was launched at the sidelines of the ‘National Conference on Green Design 2013’ inaugurated by the Hon’ble President of India and organized jointly by TERI, ADARSH and MNRE in New Delhi last week. Lauding GRIHA , Hon’ble President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee said “The perceived notion of high costs of green buildings, lack of clarity in the domain of application, deficiencies in areas of integration and uniformity of various codes and standards, lack of disincentives for noncompliance, agencies and systems working in silos have added to the impediments in the implementation of sustainable habitat. Lack of awareness about of expected gains is also a major obstacle while ensuring large scale implementation of sustainable habitat. It is heartening to know that GRIHA is addressing these gaps and issues to a large extent”. Adoption of GRIHA by Centre Public Works Department and National Building Construction Corporation should give a fill up to both public and private sector to construct environment friendly buildings in a big way”, he further added. GRIHA LD would provide planning practices and guidelines that can be followed to reduce the environmental impact of large-scale developments. It will address issues pertaining to site, water waste and energy management in large developments and go beyond buildings following a consolidated framework for assessment of environmental impacts of the habitat in a holistic manner. The intent of GRIHA LD is to provide a consolidated framework for assessment of environmental impacts of large scale developments. In an inspiring address, Dr. R.K.Pachauri, President ADARSH and Director General, TERI said “India is a country where building activities are happening at a rapid infact at accelerating pace, therefore, it is of pivotal importance that we adopt the best designs patterns and efficient use of resources particularly water. We have the unique opportunity to come up with ideas to ensure that the stock of buildings that we create in coming years incorporates the best practices and designs ensuring efficient use of resources”. He further added “It would not suit us to emulate the pattern adopted by developed countries, since our conditions are very different, and the price of energy is higher as compared to developed countries. But we have a major challenge, we need to create buildings in a manner that is sustainable that sets us apart from the rest of world”. Speaking at the GRIHA LD launch, Ms. Mili Majumdar, Director, Sustainable Habitat, TERI said “In a country like India where 30% of the energy consumption is attributed to the buildings sector, out of which residential and commercial buildings contribute 24% and 6% respectively, GRIHA LD would go beyond buildings and focus on urbanscape and habitats. I am convinced that it will be useful to allow urban growth with the available resources in a manner that can be called sustainable.  GRIHA LD would evaluate issues such as carrying capacity of a land to establish its capacity to support a development, estimate carbon footprint of an upcoming development and look at net impact of a development on the piece of land where it is being constructed” In the past, TERI has also successfully launched GRIHA providing green ratings for the buildings more than 2,500 sq m, (except for industrial complexes), which are in the design stage, are eligible for certification under GRIHA. The SVAGRIHA was designed as an extension of GRIHA and has been specifically developed for projects with built-up area less than 2500 sq. mtr. Some of major projects that received the GRIHA rating award this year include Infosys (Chennai and Hyderabad), ITC Grand Chola, South Central Railways and Pimpri Chinchwad New Town Development Authority (PCNTDA) administrative building in Maharashtra, India.

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