About - Sustainable Habitat

The Division is actively engaged in steering cities towards the attainment of sustainable urbanization and habitats, at both the policy and practice levels. It has been actively engaged in the implementation of the National Mission on Sustainable Habitats of the Ministry of Urban Development. It has partnered with global initiatives such as the City Development Initiative of Asia (CDIA) and has been one of the active partners in establishing forums such as the 'India Urban Forum'. Promoting sustainable mobility is a key focus area for the Division. It has developed toolkits, knowledge products, and policy guidelines that can assist cities in practicing sustainable and inclusive mobility. The work on high speed rail evaluates the impact of this state-of-the-art rail technology in India, and the work on promotion of electric mobility aligns with the recently launched National Electric Mobility Mission Plan 2020 of the Government of India.

In continuation with the Division's earlier work for the Central Public Works Department (CPWD), it is now working with the state government of Gujarat to integrate the provisions of the Energy Conservation Building Code in the general specifi cations, and accordingly modify the schedule of rates of the Public Works Department (PWD), Gujarat. The Division has also provided expert inputs on Guidelines/Standards for Planning and Development of Human Settlements in Rural and Urban Areas of Bhutan, developed baselines and benchmarks for resource consumption for railway stations in India, and carried out a study on developing a programme of promoting energy effi cient servers and energy management system at the Indian data centre under the Bilateral Offset Credit Mechanism. The Division has also joined hands with the Philips Lighting University to offer courses on sustainable lighting solutions.

One of the achievements of the in the year was to facilitate the implementation of a geothermal-based air conditioning system at the Norwegian Embassy, New Delhi. The Division is working with the National Housing Bank of India and KfW Bankgruppe, Germany on a promotional programme to facilitate uptake of energy effi cient residential buildings in India through innovative financing mechanisms. The group is providing green building services to several buildings and campuses in India, and also works at the grassroots level to implement sustainable building concepts in rural India. ADaRSH (the registered society to implement GRIHA, the indigenous rating system for India) has been instrumental in implementing green buildings across the country, with about 11 million square metres of built up space currently registered to be GRIHA compliant. The Hon’ble President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee graced the National Conference on Green Design 2013, the annual flagship event, as Chief Guest and presented the GRIHA rating awards to six projects; three other projects also received the SVAGRIHA rating. The GRIHA Rating for Large Developments, GRIHA App for smartphones, product catalogue, and the new website were also launched during this event. Further, ADaRSH has been successful in infl uencing state governments in Assam, Chandigarh, and Kerala to adopt GRIHA. The NOIDA Authority has incentivized it, and CPWD Plinth Area Rates have also been revised as per GRIHA norms/benchmarks. The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation is actively taking forward the GRIHA agenda.