With the building sector emerging as one of the major contributors to GHGs, it is imperative that sustainability is mainstreamed in this sector. In 2007, our rating system for green buildings, GRIHA, was adopted as India's national rating system. Our green building advisory has helped design hundreds of future-ready buildings that use less resources and give more to the environment.



  • Sustainable buildings

    Press Release

    GRIHA aims to build core competencies in the state & Urban Local Bodies

    GRIHA Council signs MoU with PWD Maharashtra to train officers become GRIHA certified professionals

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    Photo Story

    Building green, living smart

    Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad lead the way in adopting GRIHA rated green buildings

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    India may hit Paris climate targets ahead of schedule: TERI

    Hindu Business Line | 28th June, 2018

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  • Research Paper

    Creating framework for climate resilient building materials in Himalayan region

    Sustainability Index of materials will help create affordable housing in geologically sensitive Himalayan region that faces urban development stress

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    Project Report

    Planning our cities better to make our houses cooler

    Depleting green cover and a number of high rises have transformed cities into Urban Heat Islands. The report looks into mitigations strategies, as Bengaluru city in focus

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Energy Management Controls in Cooling Plants

Mr Yogesh

With cooling systems accounting for maximum energy consumption, a monitoring and controlling system can help reduce costs and consumption.

In India, the building sector accounts for approximately 35% of the total energy consumption and is growing at a rate of 8% annually (Bureau of Energy Efficiency). Commercial buildings in India account for nearly 8% of the total electricity supplied by the utilities. Electricity usage in the sectors has been growing at about 11%–12% annually. Building energy consumption has seen an increase from14% in the 1970s to nearly 33% in 2004/05.

Resettling India's urban poor sustainably

Mr Dhruvak Aggarwal

In a bid to resettle the urban poor, local governments are rapidly constructing houses using cheap, energy-inefficient material causing discomfort to the occupants in the long run. Given this, can participation from the private sector and deployment of local resources help in providing smart, affordable housing to them?


3 Day-Training & Capacity Building Programme on "Performance Evaluation Tools for Sustainable Buildings"

August 2, 2018
to August 4, 2018

TERI is organising a 3 day programme for engineers and architects from across the country. The training program will be conducted by TERI professionals and renowned architects. The training program will cover concepts of sustainable development, tools available for performance analysis, hands-on exercises for demand calculation of energy, water, waste, use of dynamic software for energy demand calculations, lighting, thermal comfort and Life Cycle Cost Analysis for green building measures.

Mahindra TERI Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Habitats

June 12, 2018
to June 12, 2018

Mr. Anand G. Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra Group will inaugurate the first-of-its-kind research facility on building materials. The Centre of Excellence, established by TERI and Mahindra Lifespaces Pvt Ltd, aims to mainstream energy efficiency in India’s real estate sector, via transformative solutions tailored for Indian climatic conditions.

The centre will be inaugurated in the presence of Ms. Anita Arjundas, Managing Director, Mahindra Lifespace Developers Ltd. and Dr. Ajay Mathur, Director General, The Energy and Resources Institute

Workshop on 'Design & Policy Dialogue on Green Buildings'

February 24, 2015
to February 24, 2015

TERI WRC, in collaboration with the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC), organized a one-day workshop on 'Design and Policy Dialogue on Green Buildings' under the ongoing project 'Navi Mumbai an Ecocity' on February 24, 2015 at NMMC Headquarters, Seawoods, Navi Mumbai.

The main objective of the workshop was to:


TERI study maps out heat islands and urban canyons

January 19, 2018 |
February 12, 2018
The Hindu

While an increasingly concretised Bengaluru is warming up - longer, hotter summers with shorter winters- a report by TERI throws light on the complex factors that create 'Urban Heat Islands’, that is, facets of 'development' which see some areas heat up much more than others.

For sustainable buildings

February 10, 2018
| Ms Minni Sastry
| The Hindu

The 2018 Sustainable Buildings R&D Summit, organised by TERI in Bengaluru, provided a platform to research solutions available with various institutions across the country that will help in supporting transformation of built environment into sustainable development, and make buildings/habitats sustainable and affordable.

Use of solar panels for green power on rise in Mumbai

March 22, 2017 |
January 11, 2018
The Times of India

Nearly 60 housing societies and commercial buildings in Mumbai have already started generating their electricity requirement by using rooftop solar power plants. Statistics put out by the state power regulator estimate that 150 more consumers from Mumbai and more than 1600 in the rest of the state are slated to replace more than1lakh units of coal power with solar energy within a couple of months once they are provided with special electricity meters which are also known as net meters.


Environmental design consultancy and advisory services

We have been actively involved in providing technical consultancy for the design and development of sustainable building complexes. The scope of work has been to review designs provided by architects so as to incorporate energy efficiency measures in the building envelope and systems design. We provide complete green design consultancy, including site planning inputs, full building performance analysis, evaluation of energy systems, renewable energy integration, water and waste management strategies, and achieving indoor air quality standards.

Training & Capacity Building

We conduct capacity building for architects, building developers and service engineers on issues such as Green & Resource Efficient Developments, Construction Site Planning and Management- A GRIHA Approach, Resource Efficiency (Energy & water) in Building Sector, Smart Cities/Urban Infrastructure, Green Construction, Developments in Construction Technology, Disaster Management & Mitigation, Energy Conservation in Buildings, Future trends in Construction Technology, Construction & Demolition Waste Management, Development of Zero Discharge Campus, Solid Waste Management - Bui

Resource conservation study/ energy audit/energy management programme

We undertake resource (energy and water) audit/resource conservation studies for existing buildings/complexes. We have conducted energy audits of around 200 buildings of various categories like hotels, commercial offices, hospitals, schools, universities, shopping malls and theatres. Resource audit and conservation studies are aimed at exploring energy and water conservation possibilities in built environment.


Associate Director, Sustainable Buildings
Area Convenor, Sustainable Buildings (SRC)
Area Convenor, Sustainable Buildings (DELHI)
Senior Director, Sustainable Habitat