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TERI and ADaRSH Launch Green Ratings for Schools

New Delhi ADaRSH in association with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) launched its fifth edition of its flagship event – the “GRIHA Summit 2014” – on January 16.

On the occasion, TERI and ADaRSH launched the GRIHA Prakriti (green ratings for schools). It aims to help in creating a more sustainable education system by imparting environmentally ethical values among the students and the faculty. The intent is to extend learning beyond classrooms and develop responsible attitudes that result in reduction of wasteful consumption, sharing and caring for the environment, and imbibing healthier and greener lifestyles. Prakriti will involve training of staff and evaluation of environmentally responsible practices on and off campus.

GRIHA Summit 2014

(L-to-R) Ms. Mili Majumdar, Dr. Satish Balram Agnihotri, Shri Tarun Gogoi and Dr. R. K. Pachauri at GRIHA Summit 2014

Guest of Honor, Shri Tarun Gogoi, Honorable Chief Minister of Assam, said, “I am very happy to grace this occasion. As an ordinary citizen, I am also concerned about climate change, and we have been experiencing this in my state (Assam) as well. I am glad we are working with TERI for taking the green buildings movement ahead. We need to use our resources efficiently for a sustainable future.”

Special Guest, Dr. Satish Balram Agnihotri, Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India, said, “I am happy to know that 425 buildings are registered with GRIHA. We need to get into this exercise of making certain amount of efficiency mandatory for those who are initially seeking support from Government, but eventually you need to get it as an enforcement system irrespective if they are receiving government support or not. Energy in today’s day and age can’t be anyone’s right no matter how prosperous or mighty. GRIHA addresses the important need in urban and prosperous India where energy efficiency has become a matter of status. The faster we get away, the better it is.”

Dr. R. K. Pachauri, Director General, TERI, said, “Given the growth in India’s population and projected increases in income, it is estimated that a large share of the buildings that would be standing in 2030 are yet to be built. Buildings of various kinds consume huge quantities of energy, which could lock us into a pattern of energy and resource consumption extending several decades for the life of these buildings. Yet, we now know that with proper design, planning and construction, buildings can be made substantially more efficient in the use of energy, water and other resources than what we see today. TERI has been at the forefront of promoting green and efficient buildings in the country, and the GRIHA Summit is a unique event where experiences on successful green buildings are shared, and plans and policies developed for the future.”

In his presentation, he also highlighted that a 10 million sq.m. of GRIHA 5 star certified project can save:

  • Enough electricity to power about 100,000 urban homes
  • Enough water to meet needs of 22,000 urban homes
  • Monitored data to ensure compliance
  • 6MW PV installation to enhance supply

Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation was felicitated for exemplary commitment to implementation of sustainable habitat through the GRIHA platform.

Ms. Mili Majumdar, Director, Sustainable Habitat and Secretary cum Treasurer, ADaRSH, said, “GRIHA Prakriti is a rating system for existing schools that shall help transform youth’s mind to be more environmentally friendly. It will also help school campuses to be more ecologically sensitive.”

Award of plaques to the following GRIHA rated projects were also given:

  • Govardhan Eco-village (5 Star)
  • Indira Paryavaran Bhawan (5 Star)
  • Akshay Urja Bhawan (5 Star)
  • Gandhi Research Foundation (5 Star)
  • Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurgaon (4 Star)
  • SABIC Research and Technology Private Limited (4 Star)
  • Administration Building for GAIL Compressor Station Chainsa (4 Star)
  • CSOI Club Building, Chanakyapuri (3 Star)
  • Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Civic Center and Pratyaksha Kar Bhawan (2 Star)

Award of plaques to the following SVAGRIHA rated projects were also given:

  • GreenOne, Delhi (5 Star)
  • IOCl Office Building, Indore (5 Star)
  • Panedas Residence Guatemala (4 Star)

Award of trophies to GRIHA registered projects that have demonstrated exemplary performance were given to the following:

  • Exemplary Site Management – Norwegian Embassy
  • Exemplary Construction Workers’ Health & Safety – IIT Hyderabad
  • Exemplary Use of Sustainable Building Materials – Royal Orange County
  • Exemplary Integrated Water Management – Central University of Rajasthan

Some of the eminent speakers who graced the occasion included:

  • Dr. R. K. Pachauri, Director General, TERI
  • Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, Government of India
  • Mr. B. V. Doshi, Principal, Vastu Shilpa Consultants
  • Mr. Hafeez Contractor, Architect, Hafeez Contractor
  • Dr. A. K. Tripathi, Director, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India
  • Mr. Fumihiko Maki, Maki and Associates
  • Mr. Tarun Kapoor, Joint Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India
  • Mr. Sanjay Seth, Energy Economist, Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Government of India

ADaRSH launched the GRIHA Trophy at NASA (National Association of Students of Architecture) with the intent of spreading awareness about the concept of green buildings among the students through GRIHA.


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