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Theme on "World Habitat Day - 2010"

Championing the Green Building movement in India

Overview

The Sustainable Habitats division of TERI has been working on issues related to sustainable urban development, transportation systems, and habitats for over two decades. The Division's activities range from carrying out energy-environment related analysis, giving inputs to policy and planning, improving urban service provision and governance, carrying out sustainability assessments, exploring climate change implications, and carrying out capacity building for various stakeholders, all in the context of transport and urban development. In the area of sustainable habitats, the division has been consistently delivering solutions to enable design and development of sustainable habitats at both macro and micro levels. The division is very actively working in states and cities to mainstream sustainable habitat/building design guidelines and regulations at the building level to help design greener buildings through integrated design approach, adoption of innovative technological solutions and passive principles, and retrofit of existing buildings for them to be converted into green buildings.

The Division has contributed to the development of all key regulation codes and standards in the design and development of green buildings and habitats. TERI was member of the expert committee constituted to develop the Energy Conservation Building Code of India and was also represented in the expert committee for the formulation of the National Building Code of India 2005.

The Division has developed the manual for environmental impact assessment of large construction projects as required by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. In addition, it has contributed to and reviewed the National Mission on Sustainable Habitats and is also part of the core committee to work on specific components that are being developed under the Mission.

Another major achievement of the division has been the drafting of an indigenous green building rating system (GRIHA) for India that has been suitably adapted and adopted by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India as the national green building rating system.

The Division consists of three research areas, namely
Centre for Research on Sustainable Urban Development and Transport Systems (CRSUD&TS)
Centre for Research on Sustainable Building Sciences, New Delhi and Bangalore
Association for Development and Research on Sustainable Habitats (an independent entity set up to promote GRIHA and its associated activities)