New Delhi, January 16th 2014: ADaRSH in association with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) today launched its fifth edition of its flagship event the “GRIHA Summit” 2014.
On the occasion, TERI and ADaRSH launched the GRIHA PRAKRITI (ratings for schools). It aims to help in creating a more sustainable education system by imparting environmentally ethical values among the students and the faculty. The intent is to extend learning beyond classrooms and develop responsible attitudes that result in reduction of wasteful consumption, sharing and caring for the environment, and imbibing healthier and greener lifestyles. Prakriti will involve training of staff and evaluation of environmentally responsible practices on and off campus.
Guest of honor, Shri Tarun Gogoi, Honorable Chief Minister of Assam said, “I am very happy to grace this occasion. As an ordinary citizen, I am also concerned about climate change, and we have been experiencing this in my state (Assam) as well. I am glad we are working with TERI for taking the green buildings movement ahead. We need to use our resources efficiently for a sustainable future”.
Special Guest, Dr. Satish Balram Agnihotri, Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India said “I am happy to know that 425 buildings are registered with GRIHA. We need to get into this exercise of making certain amount of efficiency mandatory for those who are initially seeking support from Govt, but eventually you need to get it as an enforcement system irrespective if they are receiving govt. support or not. Energy is today’s day and age can’t be anyone right no matter how prosperous or mighty. GRIHA addresses the important need that urban and prosperous India where energy efficiency has become a matter of status. The faster we get away, the better it is”.
Dr. R.K.Pachauri, Director General, TERI said “Given the growth in India’s population and projected increases in income, it is estimated that a large share of the buildings that would be standing in 2030 are yet to be built. Buildings of various kinds consume huge quantities of energy, which could lock us into a pattern of energy and resource consumption extending several decades for the life of these buildings. Yet, we now know that with proper design, planning and construction, buildings can be made substantially more efficient in the use of energy, water and other resources than what we see today. TERI has been at the forefront of promoting green and efficient buildings in the country, and the GRIHA Summit is a unique event where experiences on successful green buildings are shared, and plans and policies developed for the future”.
In his presentation, he also highlighted that 10 million sqm of GRIHA 5 star certified project can save: