Buildings

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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Articles

Data collection is key to implementing conservation measures in energy intensive sectors

Mr Pardeep Chauhan

Buildings are energy guzzlers

India is facing formidable challenges in meeting its energy needs. Domestic and commercial building sectors account for approximately one-third of total electricity consumption and these sectors are likely to consume around 37% of electricity in 2020-21. The commercial buildings sector which comprises office buildings, hotels, hospitals, educational institutes, retails malls, etc., consumes 9% of total electricity consumption in India.

Technology lever for green housing scale-up in India

Ms Megha Behal

Eco-Cities India is a multi-year technical advisory programme, established under the European Union (EU) -India Cooperation on Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency. A climate-change focussed initiative, the programme is structured around five cities—Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, and the Mumbai and Pune metropolitan regions.

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.

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?

Events

3-Day Training and Capacity Building Programme on 'Performance Evaluation Tools for Sustainable Buildings'

January 31, 2019
to February 2, 2019

TERI is organising a 3-day programme for engineers and architects from across the country. The training programme will be conducted by TERI professionals and renowned architects.

3-Day Building Programme Simulation Workshop

November 13, 2018
to November 15, 2018

3 Day-Training & Capacity Building Programme on "Performance Evaluation Tools for Sustainable Buildings"

August 2, 2018
to August 4, 2018

Sustainable Buildings-Southern Regional Centre, TERI organized a 3-day Training & Capacity Building Programme on "Performance Evaluation Tools for Sustainable Buildings" in Bengaluru from 2 to 4 August 2018. The intent of the programme was to meet the shortage of trained manpower to undertake sustainable development and green building practices in India.

Mahindra TERI Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Habitats

June 12, 2018
to June 12, 2018

Mr. Anand G. Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra Group will inaugurate the first-of-its-kind research facility on building materials. The Centre of Excellence, established by TERI and Mahindra Lifespaces Pvt Ltd, aims to mainstream energy efficiency in India’s real estate sector, via transformative solutions tailored for Indian climatic conditions.

The centre will be inaugurated in the presence of Ms. Anita Arjundas, Managing Director, Mahindra Lifespace Developers Ltd. and Dr. Ajay Mathur, Director General, The Energy and Resources Institute

Webinar on "GRIHA Version 2015"

September 18, 2015
to September 18, 2015

The webinar on "GRIHA Version 2015" was conducted to showcase the new version of the rating system - Version 2015. The session informed the audience about the various revisions made to the rating system. It also acquainted the audience with an introduction to the new rating system and mentioned about its various modifications.

News

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.

Only 80 buildings in India certified as green: Chief of rating system GRIHA

November 4, 2018 |
November 4, 2018
Business Standard

India has less than 2 per cent green buildings but there is a huge opportunity to increase that number as about 60 per cent of the infrastructure of the country is yet to be put in place in the next 20 years, according to Mr Sanjay Seth, Chief Executive Officer of the Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) Council. He said that green buildings can help in reducing exposure of people to outside pollutants.

The biggest decision maker in making the green shift in Indian real estate sector is the developer

July 21, 2018 |
July 21, 2018
HT Estates

The research facility, Centre of Excellence (CoE), was launched at TERI in Gurugram to promote an energy-efficient real estate ecosystem in India. The research facility has been collaboratively developed by Mahindra Lifespace Developers and TERI, and it showcases different energy efficient building materials and green construction technologies for the industry. The Mahindra- TERI CoE embodies the focus on sustainability beyond just business- towards creating a larger urban stakeholder ecosystem that can power a transformative 'green shift' across India’s cities and towns.

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.

Services

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.

Team

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