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
- 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