GSI-TERI sign MoU to optimise resources, add thermal-visual comfort in buildings
TERI is committed to provide expert technical assistance to GSI, to develop performance evaluation procedures for glazing materials and standardise benchmarking protocols.
New Delhi, February 23: The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Glazing Society of India (GSI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 23rd February, 2021 to augment the application and implementation of high-performance glazing systems (façade & fenestration) in buildings, through mainstreaming of reliable testing and performance assessment protocols. TERI and GSI share a common vision of promoting sustainability in built environment through efficient building design & optimal use of resources.
The MoU was signed between Mr. A. R. Unnikrishnan, Chairman, GSI and Mr. Sanjay Seth, Senior Director – Sustainable Habitat Programme, TERI in the presence of Dr. Ajay Mathur, Director General, TERI; Dr. Vibha Dhawan, Designate Interim Director General, TERI; Ms. Shabnam Bassi, Associate Director – Sustainable Buildings Division, TERI; Mr Gopal Ganatra, Treasurer, GSI and Mr G N Gohul Deepak, Executive Director, GSI.
The MoU envisions to promote applied research around glazing systems and their implementation in building envelopes. The partnership would also help produce a cadre of skilled professionals, specialized in glass façade & fenestration design and selection. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Ajay Mathur said: "The collaboration and enhanced cooperation between the two organizations will help improve resource & energy efficiency in buildings, ensuring thermal & visual comfort, while paving the path towards sustainable and carbon neutral infrastructure development."
"GSI has been working over the years on building standards, testing and certification eco-system in the country for Glass and glazing. The collaboration with TERI would take this journey to the next orbit in ensuring sustainable development in a growing economy like India", said Mr A R Unnikrishnan, Chairman, GSI on the occasion.
TERI is committed to provide expert technical assistance to GSI, to develop performance evaluation procedures for glazing materials and standardise benchmarking protocols. This would enable end-users to understand the energy saving potential by application of glazing systems, through informed decision making leading to value add in building design. TERI & GSI will develop training and capacity building modules for building design professionals and skilled workforce to create a pool of experts in this field.
GSI is a not-for-profit, technical organization, working on various aspects of testing, research, regulations of architectural glass, glazing systems (façade & fenestration) and its associated materials for performance in the areas of energy, safety, structural integrity, acoustics, fire resistance and others. An inclusive body comprising of various stakeholders from the Indian glass and glazing industry, members of GSI include glass manufacturers, profile manufacturers, window manufacturers, glass processors, glazing fabricators, associated material manufacturers, builders, developers, architects, structural engineers, civil engineers, consultants, experts, policy formulation bodies, institutions and professionals along with organisational collaborations with the respective eminent academic and government institutions in India.
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) is an independent, multi-dimensional organisation, with capabilities in research, policy, consultancy and implementation. It has pioneered conversations and action in the energy, environment, climate change, and sustainability space for over four decades.
The institute's research and research-based solutions have had a transformative impact on industry and communities. Headquartered in New Delhi, it has regional centres and campuses in Gurugram, Bengaluru, Guwahati, Mumbai, Panaji, and Nainital, supported by a multi-disciplinary team of scientists, sociologists, economists and engineers, and state-of-the-art infrastructure.