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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    Achieve water efficiency in India's fast-growing residential townships

    28th April 2022 | Hindustan Times

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TERI inaugurates the Model Demo Habitat at its Gwal Pahari Campus

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) recently inaugurated the ‘Model Demo Habitat’ developed under the “Habitat Model for Efficiency and Comfort” project supported by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India at its Gwal Pahari campus.

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.


Launch Event and Panel Discussion - 'Guidelines on Water Efficient Measures for Residential Townships'

March 22, 2022
to March 22, 2022

TERI is conducting a webinar to share the findings of the 'Guidelines on Water-Efficient Measures for Residential Townships' and sensitize stakeholders on water conservation and its management. The guidelines will be jointly released by MLDL and TERI on the occasion of World Water Day.

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.


A Homebuyer's Guide To Green Buildings

July 29, 2022 |
July 29, 2022
Bloomberg Quint Prime

CEO of GRIHA Council Mr Sanjay Seth said that green buildings have a mix of active and passive features. From a buyer's perspective, that means having power from renewables, water reuse for toilet flushes, low-flow taps to cut wastage, segregated garbage collection, facades that reduce heat, cross ventilation to reduce the use of air conditioners, and concrete that has lower carbon footprint, among others.

Smart surfaces for cooler cities

June 18, 2022
| Ms Megha Behal, TERI and MrGreg Kats, Smart Surfaces Coalition
| The Economic Times

At every level of government, India is developing strategies for managing heat and heatwaves. At the national and state levels, multiple initiatives are underway to address rising city temperatures. These are yet to cohere into city-wide cooling strategies.

Achieve water efficiency in India's fast-growing residential townships

April 28, 2022
| Ms Tarishi Kaushik
| Hindustan Times

Developers have continuously redefined the township model as per the market demand. But now, there is an urgent need for the township model to be rediscovered with a growing focus on water conservation and zero-wastewater discharge. Residential housing forms one of the most significant parts of the real estate sector in India. It contributes to 80% of the sector, which is expected to reach $1 trillion by 2030. It is estimated that around 10 million people migrate to cities every year in search of better employment opportunities.

World Water Day: Guidebook released to help townships move towards net water positive goal

March 22, 2022 |
March 22, 2022
ET Infra

Sustainable water use in habitats is one of the key areas of research of the Mahindra-TERI Centre of Excellence, and the guidelines can play a pivotal role in aiding townships to move on the path of becoming net water positive.

Mahindra-TERI Centre Of Excellence Launches Guidelines On Water Efficient Measures For Residential Townships

March 22, 2022 |
March 22, 2022
India Education Diary

The guidebook from Mahindra-TERI Centre of Excellence (CoE), a joint research initiative of Mahindra Lifespaces® and TERI, highlights the crucial measures that can be adopted by the existing and upcoming residential townships in India to achieve water use optimization and efficiency.

ABB India's Nelamangala unit gets 'Water Positive' certification from TERI

January 20, 2022 |
January 20, 2022
The Financial Express

The unit has provisions of rainwater tanks for rooftop runoff along with TERI-approved filtration to get suitable water for a variety of end-uses.



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.

Water Positive Certification - Consulting, Audit and Certification Services

We undertake water audit of existing buildings/complexes to quantify the impact of water efficient solutions adopted and implemented by the project/organization to reduce their water footprint and also provide technical assistance for enhancing water efficiency of the projects in order to achieve the 'GRIHA Water Positive Certification'.

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