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GRIHA Summit 2014 pitches for green homes, launches new rating
Source: The Times of India Jan 20, 2014
GRIHA Summit 2014 pitches for green homes, launches new rating

The Times Of India

Sustainable habitat is the need of the hour and resources should be used efficiently comprised the vision of the fifth edition of GRIHA Summit 2014 organised by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and ADaRSH in association with Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). Magicbricks, India's leading property portal, was online media partner for the event.

Launch of Griha Prakriti

On the occasion, TERI and ADaRSH launched the Griha Prakriti (ratings for schools). The new rating structure aims to help in creating a more sustainable education system by imparting environmentally ethical values among the students and the faculty.

"GRIHA Prakriti is a rating system for existing schools that shall help transform youth's mind to be more environmental friendly. It will also help school campuses to be more ecologically sensitive," said Mili Majumdar, director of the Sustainable Habitat Division, TERI at the event.

Griha Prakriti, the new rating system for schools, is a tool that will assess the schools' performance and also make way to spread awareness. TERI's intention is to take the learning beyond the classrooms and inculcate responsibility that results in minimal wasteful consumption, caring for environment and adopting greener, eco-friendlier and healthier lifestyles. It also involves required training of the staff and cultivation of environmentally responsible practices.

Incentivising the Green buildings

The Summit stressed on the need to optimize the consumption of resources, since the building sector in India contributes to more than 30 per cent of the total energy consumption per year. This is of great concern because there is high pressure to find housing facilities for the growing population and also find space for growing industrial and commercial activities.

The speakers at the Summit agreed that there are a lot of myths and misconception about the Green buildings that are holding back to their promotion in India. Also, the experts discussed whether the Green buildings should be incentivized by the government to find more support in the market. "Developers are into a business and the economies have to work for them. If incentives are there, it is most likely that more developers will construct Green buildings," said P Sahel, vice chairman, Lotus Greens at the Summit. "Education can be a great aid. If the Green awareness starts at the educational level, future generations will be more conscious to build Green," he added.

Speaking on the behalf of the government, Tarun Kapoor, Joint Secretary, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy said, "A combination of incentives and creating mandates/laws to build Green can work well at the initial stage. Once it reaches a certain stage (of awareness and understanding) these (laws) can be withdrawn."

The conference also recognised that media can play a significant role in sensitizing the buyers and other stakeholder groups about Green buildings across the nation.
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