ADaRSH in association with TERI and Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has launched its 4th edition of its flagship event the “National Conference on Green Design” at Vigyan Bhawan.
Launched in 2010, NCGD has emerged as a leading platform discussing all the key issues pertaining to green urban development.
Applauding GRIHA, Hon’ble President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjeesaid “It is heartening to know that GRIHA is addressing these gaps and issues to a large extent.Adoption of GRIHA by Centre Public Works Department and National Building Construction Corporation should give a fill up to both public and private sector to construct environment friendly buildings in a big way”.The perceived notion of high costs of green buildings, lack of clarity in the domain of application, deficiencies in areas of integration and uniformity of various codes and standards, lack of disincentives for noncompliance, agencies and systems working in silos have added to the impediments in the implementation of sustainable habitat. Lack of awareness about of expected gains is also a major obstacle while ensuring large scale implementation of sustainable habitat”.
Reflecting on the need for youth participation for green development, Guest of Honour, Hon’ble Minister of New and Renewable Energy Dr. Farooq Abdullah said “I see before me a young India, who will have the responsibilityto run this country in the future. We need to ensure that we hold hand-in-hand and work towards protecting our rich diversity ranging from climate and religion”.
He further added “The effects of global warming are dangerous, we need to start thinking and work together for a sustainable future. We should be grateful what nature has endowed us with, and young India should strive to restore it at any cost.”
In an inspiring address, Dr. R.K.Pachauri, President ADARSH and Director General, TERI said “India is a country where building activities are happening at a rapid infact at accelerating pace, therefore, it is of pivotal importance that we adopt the best designs patterns and efficient use of resources particularly water. Through this conference, We have the unique opportunityto come up with ideas to ensure that the stock of buildings that we create in coming yearsincorporatesthe best practices and designs to ensure efficient use of resources”
ADaRSH also launched a new rating system for green large area developments, called 'GRIHA LD',. GRIHA LD’ is followed by the success of National Rating System for Green Buildings launched by TERI with support and endorsement from MNRE in 2007 and Simple Versatile Affordable GRIHA (SVAGRIHA) – for smaller buildings in 2012.The rating to the project will be provided based on the net negative impact of the development. Therefore, the lower the negative impact, the higher the star rating of the proposed development. It would provide planning practices and guidelines that can be followed to reduce the environmental impact of large-scale developments. It will address issues pertaining to site, water waste and energy management in large developments and go beyond buildings following a consolidated framework for assessment of environmental impacts of the habitat in a holistic manner.
The release has been contributed by Ms.Zainab Naeem, Researcher, TERI