TERI, GSI Sign MoU to Optimise Resources, Add Thermal-Visual Comfort in Buildings

Under the MoU, TERI will provide GSI with expert technical assistance, 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

February 23, 2021. By Manu Tayal

Energy industry focused think tank The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Indian glass and glazing industry body Glazing Society of India (GSI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to augment the application and implementation of high-performance glazing systems (façade & fenestration) in buildings, through mainstreaming of reliable testing and performance assessment protocols.

Under the MoU, TERI will provide GSI with expert technical assistance, 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.

The two organisations share a common vision of promoting sustainability in built environment through efficient building design and optimal use of resources.

The MoU was signed between AR Unnikrishnan, Chairman, GSI and 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; Shabnam Bassi, Associate Director, Sustainable Buildings Division, TERI; Gopal Ganatra, Treasurer, GSI and GN Gohul Deepak, Executive Director, GSI.

The MoU envisioned promoting applied research around glazing systems and their implementation in building envelopes. This partnership would also help produce a cadre of skilled professionals, specialized in glass façade & fenestration design and selection.

Commenting on the partnership with GSI, Dr Ajay Mathur, Director General of TERI, said, “the collaboration and enhanced cooperation between the two organizations will help improve resource and energy efficiency in buildings, ensuring thermal and 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 AR Unnikrishnan, Chairman of GSI.

Meanwhile, both the organisations will develop training and capacity building modules for building design professionals and skilled workforce to create a pool of experts in this field.

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