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.



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    22nd to 24th November 2021

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    Climate: What can be done about India's energy and resource consumption?

    26th October 2021 | Hindustan Times

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    Water Sustainability Assessment of Gurugram

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Green Home to Fight Environmental Degradation: To Achieve Sustainable Development Goals

'Buildings' are the most pronounced elements in the fabric of any city. The housing sector in India is growing at a rapid pace and contributing immensely to the growth of the economy. The simultaneous increase in the demand for homes has caused a significantly high pressure on natural resources causing ecological imbalances such as loss of resilience to fight climate change, loss of biodiversity, and pollution. In this article, Pratiksha Baruah discusses about the tangible and intangible benefits of green buildings.

जलवायु परिवर्तन: बढ़ती गर्मी में कूलिंग ऐशोआराम नहीं बल्कि एक ज़रूरत

Mr Amit Kumar

आने वाले वक़्त में तापमान बढ़ेगा। बढ़ती हुई गर्मी के साथ देश में कूलिंग की ज़रूरत कई गुना बढ़ जाएगी। कूलिंग की आवश्यकताओं को नियंत्रित करने के लिए हमें एनर्जी कंज़र्वेशन बिल्डिंग कोड्स और ग्रीन बिल्डिंग रेटिंग को बड़े पैमाने पर अपनाने की ज़रूरत है। "कूलिंग इंडिया" को एक अभियान की तरह आगे बढ़ाना होगा।

Let fresh air flow in: Solar Passive Architecture can make buildings resilient to Covid 19

Dr G R Narasimha Rao

The Covid 19 pandemic conditions pose challenges for air-conditioned buildings and their occupants. One solution is to look at passive architecture office buildings that maintain indoor temperature through the right mix of fresh air and recirculation, daylighting and artificial lighting etc.

COVID-19: A strategic opportunity for sustainable development

Mr Siddharth Jain

The sector-specific allocations for health, education, and infrastructure the Union Budget 2020-21 collectively make up only a fraction of India's GDP. Our rapidly developing economy is threatened in the wake of a new global pandemic, COVID-19.

Why Green Ratings for Buildings Matter?

Mr Santhosh Ramkumar

An exponential increase in the population over the past decade has led to the emergence of rapid urbanization as a key global trend of prominence and concern. It is expected that more than 40% of the Indian population will be dwelling in urban cities by 2030, and the total urban population of India is anticipated to hit the three quarters of a billion mark by 2050.

Sustainable Building Materials: Accelerating the journey towards low carbon development

Ms Megha Behal

Over the next 20 years, more than half of new buildings expected to be built by 2060 will be constructed. To achieve the ambition of keeping the global warming to 2°C or below, it is necessary to address energy and emissions from buildings. It is imperative to deploy energy-efficient and low-carbon building technologies to meet the growing demand for energy services.


The GRIHA Event 2021 - Restoring Green Economy

December 10, 2021
to December 10, 2021

This year's event aims to bring together the green building fraternity and the wider community to work towards restoring a green economy.

On 10th December 2021 | 1700 to 1915 hrs (IST)

Launch Event for Guidebooks & Toolkits, followed with two-day Webinar Series under Mahindra-TERI Centre of Excellence (CoE) Programme

November 22, 2021
to November 24, 2021

The three-day long webinar series focused on developing stakeholder awareness, and share guidelines and toolkits produced under the Mahindra TERI Centre of Excellence (CoE) Programme through carefully curated presentation and panel discussions by built environment experts.

Report Launch and Panel Discussion on 'Water Sustainability Assessment of Gurugram'

July 28, 2021
to July 28, 2021

Mahindra Lifespaces (MLDL) and Sustainable Habitat Program, TERI are jointly releasing a study on 'Water Sustainability Assessment of Gurugram' on the occasion of 'World Nature Conservation Day'.

On 28 July 2021, 15:30 to 17:30 hrs

Report Launch and Panel Discussion on ‘Water Sustainability Assessment of Chennai

June 5, 2021
to June 5, 2021

Mahindra Lifespaces (MLDL) and Sustainable Habitat Program, TERI are jointly releasing a study on 'Water Sustainability Assessment of Chennai' on the occasion of 'World Environment Day'.

Introduction to Green Building Profession - Skill Training and Management (February Edition)

February 11, 2021
to February 12, 2021

Sustainable Habitat Programme at TERI is proud to present "Introduction to Green Building Profession: Skill Training & Management (February Edition)". We envisage it to be the first step to becoming a green building professional, for final year students, fresh graduates and young professionals seeking to understand the green building industry better.

Tools and Techniques for Green Building Professionals - New Development in GRIHA rating systems (GRIHA 2019 and EB)

October 27, 2020
to October 28, 2020

Sustainable Habitat Programme, TERI, is proud to present an Online Certification Course on "Tools and Techniques for Green Building Professionals - New Development in GRIHA rating systems (GRIHA 2019 and EB)" on 27th & 28th October 2020.


Climate: What can be done about India’s energy and resource consumption?

October 26, 2021
| Mr Deepak Singh Rana
| Ms Tarishi Kaushik
| Hindustan Times

India is the world's third-largest producer and consumer of electricity, behind only China and the United States. This speaks volumes about the current energy consumption in the country and its expected growth in the future. As far as water consumption is concerned, the widening gap between water demand and supply in various cities is already alarming, and is expected to get more severe in the years to come.

Mahindra-TERI Centre of Excellence launches Chennai Water Sustainability Assessment Report

June 8, 2021 |
June 8, 2021
Construction Week Online

The Mahindra-TERI Centre of Excellence (CoE), a joint research initiative of Mahindra Lifespaces® and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), has launched a report highlighting the potential water challenges in Chennai Metropolitan Area (CMA).

Chennai’s water needs to touch 2,236.5 mld by 2025, says study by Mahindra-TERI Centre of Excellence

June 5, 2021 |
June 5, 2021
The Hindu

The study 'Water Sustainability Assessment of Chennai' highlights the potential water challenges in the Chennai Metropolitan Area.

TERI aids UNSW to establish urban living labs in India

April 3, 2019 |
April 3, 2019
Business Standard

TERI recently released its smart energy policy brief for cities at the fourth Australia-India Knowledge Exchange event held at University of New South Wales.

Making cities sustainable is imperative: Australian high commissioner

December 11, 2018 |
December 11, 2018
The Week

Making cities sustainable is imperative and the government and community collaboration is essential to make that happen, Australia’s High Commissioner to India Mr Harinder Sidhu said in a statement. Speaking at the GRIHA summit organised by the Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) Council, Ms Sidhu said the government had an important role, but it needs the combined effort of the private sector and the academia.

10 principles for a green Amaravati

December 5, 2018 |
December 5, 2018
The Hindu

Delivering the keynote address at a workshop on "Green Buildings Rating and Concepts" organised by the Andhra Pradesh State Energy Efficiency Development Corporation, TERI, CII and Capital Area Development Authority (CRDA), Mr Sreedhar, Commissioner of CRIDA said all buildings in Amaravati would be constructed adhering to the Green Building Concepts. TERI is actively involved with CRDA in the implementation of the Green Building Concepts.



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.

Research & development

We carry out research on energy efficient building envelopes including materials, energy efficient/low cooling technologies etc. A few important project includes UTC-TERI Centre of Excellence on Efficient Buildings, Mahindra-TERI Centre of Excellence on Energy Efficient Building Envelopes and Sustainable Water Use in Habitats, Thermal and Visual comfort studies on somfy roller blinds.

Policy intervention and analysis

We have successfully completed several policy initiatives at central and state government levels towards mainstreaming high performance buildings in India. Senior members of the group are members of the committee of experts for development of the Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) of India (2007). The manual for environmental clearance of large construction for the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India has also been developed at CRSBS.

Area Convener, Sustainable Buildings (SRC)
Associate Director, GRIHA Council
Senior Director, Sustainable Habitat
Area Convener, Sustainable Buildings