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


    Resettling India's urban poor sustainably

    Can participation from the private sector and use of local resources help govt build cost-effective housing for all?

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    Energy management controls in cooling plants

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

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    SPARSH - A life-size green building model

    Watch this video to build your dream green home

  • 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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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?

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.


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.

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It is a myth that green buildings cost more; sustainable is affordable (Interview with Mr Sanjay Seth, Senior Director, Sustainable Buildings Division, TERI)

January 9, 2018 |
January 11, 2018

In an interview with the newspaper, Mr Sanjay Seth, Senior Director of Sustainable Buildings Division, TERI, speaks about green buildings, making houses resource efficient, GRIHA's role, and more.

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GRIHA Council Signs an MoU with PWD, Government of Maharashtra

January 7, 2018 |
January 11, 2018

GRIHA Council signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Public Works Department (PWD), Government of Maharashtra (GoM) on January 6, 2018, for promotion and implementation of GRIHA in Maharashtra. The MoU was signed by Shri Ajit Sagane, Secretary (Works), PWD, GoM and Shri Sanjay Seth, Chief Executive Officer, GRIHA Council, in the presence of Hon\'ble Minister, Public Works, Shri Chandrakant Patil, and other senior officials of PWD and GRIHA Council.

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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 (DELHI)
Senior Director, Sustainable Habitat