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Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), GRIHA Green Rating for Buildings

Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)

  • The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) is an independent research institute and a global think tank (NGO) that specializes in the fields of
    • energy,
    • environment and
    • sustainable development.

  • The scope of the organisation’s activities includes climate change, energy efficiency, renewable energy, biotechnology, and social transformation.
  • TERI was established in 1974.
  • It was formerly known as the Tata Energy Research Institute.
  • It was later renamed The Energy and Resources Institute in 2003.
  • HQ: New Delhi.

Initiatives by TERI

  • World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS): An annual summit which facilitates the exchange of knowledge on diverse aspects of global sustainable development.
  • LaBL (Lighting a Billion Lives): An initiative to provide clean lighting access to bottom of the pyramid communities.
  • Green Olympiad: Conducted annually for middle and high-school students in association with MoEF.
  • GRIHA: Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) was conceived by TERI and developed with Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, is a national rating system for green buildings in India.

Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA)

  • GRIHA is a national rating tool that helps people assesses the performance of their building against certain nationally acceptable benchmarks.
  • It evaluates the environmental performance of a building holistically over its entire life cycle, thereby providing a definitive standard for what constitutes a green building.
  • The rating system, based on accepted energy & environmental principles, will seek to strike a balance between the established practices & emerging concepts, both national & international.
  • It is developed by The Energy & Resources Institute (TERI) with support from Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE).
  • It incorporates a holistic, life-cycle approach to buildings

Some of the benefits of a green building are

  • Reduced energy consumption without sacrificing the comfort levels
  • Reduced destruction of natural areas, habitats, & biodiversity, & reduced soil loss from erosion etc.
  • Reduced air & water pollution (with direct health benefits)
  • Reduced water consumption
  • Limited waste generation due to recycling & reuse
  • Reduced pollution loads
  • Increased user productivity
  • Enhanced image & marketability
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