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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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.

ग्रीन बिल्डिंग मूवमेंट - बढ़ते प्रदूषण के खिलाफ़ और पर्यावरण का दोस्त

Ms Shweta

भारत कार्बन डाई ऑक्साइड गैस उत्सर्जन के मामले में दुनिया के अग्रणी देशों की श्रेणी में शामिल है। कार्बन डाइऑक्साइड उत्सर्जन की बढ़ती समस्या में बिल्डिंग निर्माण की भी एक बड़ी भूमिका है। एक अनुमान के अनुसार वर्ष 2025 तक भारत कंस्ट्रक्शन क्षेत्र में विश्व में तीसरे स्थान पर होगा। आज पूरी दुनिया जलवायु परिवर्तन से जुड़ी चुनौतियों का सामना कर रही है। जलवायु परिवर्तन से पैदा हुई समस्याओं से निपटने के लिए भारत के कुछ समूह ग्रीन बिल्डिंग मूवमेंट को बढ़ावा दे रहे हैं और इन मूवमेंट में से एक है- ग्रीन रेटिंग फॉर इंटीग्रेटेड हैबिटैट असेसमेंट (GRIHA)।

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.


3-Day Training and Capacity Building Program on "Performance Evaluation Tools for Sustainable Buildings"

March 12, 2020
to March 14, 2020

The 3-Day Training and capacity building program on "Performance Evaluation Tools for Sustainable Buildings" designed to create capacities of professionals to undertake sustainable and green development.

The 11th GRIHA Summit

December 17, 2019
to December 18, 2019

The 11th GRIHA Summit with the theme 'Approach to Integrated Sustainability' shall serve as a platform to deliberate on interdependence between organizations, systemic sustainability management, and feedback loops for better resource efficiency. The Summit is to be held on 17th –18th December, 2019 at Indian Habitat Centre (IHC), New Delhi.

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

August 1, 2019
to August 3, 2019

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

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


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.


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