GRIHA rating for schools

By: Staff Reporter
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New Delhi, January 16th 2014 (G’nY news service): ADaRSH in association with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) today inaugurated its fifth three-day ‘GRIHA Summit’, the first one being held in 2010.

On the occasion, TERI and ADaRSH launched the GRIHA PRAKRITI (ratings for schools), which aims to help create a more sustainable education system by imparting environmentally ethical values among students and faculty. Also, the GRIHA smartphone application was launched.

The guest of honour,Tarun Gogoi, Chief Minister, Assam, said that rating is a good attempt and added that “Assam has embraced GRIHA, and buildings are now being rated”.

Special guest, Dr. Satish Balram Agnihotri, Secretary, MNRE, Government of India observed that energy guzzling is seen as a sign of status. He admitted that the enforcement of energy efficiency was still “soft”. In this context Agnihotri said that it is important to see who prescribes, who designs and who certifies enforcement. He said that energy efficiency should be mandatory for those seeking governmental support, and eventually for everyone. “Rating systems are necessary to know who is wasting or saving energy. I am happy to learn that 425 buildings are registered with GRIHA,” Agnihotri said.

Dr. R.K.Pachauri, Director General, TERI said that climate change affects construction – these effects need to be addressed during the design and planning stage.

Awards and felicitations followed with the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) was felicitated for its commitment to implementation of sustainable habitat through the GRIHA platform. Plaques were presented to GRIHA and SVAGRIHA rated projects, while trophies were awarded to four projects for exemplary performance.

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