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12th GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment) Summit 

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  • December 17, 2020
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12th GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment) Summit

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Environment

In news

  • The Vice President of India recently inaugurated the 12th GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment) Summit.
  • Organised by: GRIHA Council from Hyderabad.
  • Theme: Rejuvenating Resilient Habitats.
  • Purpose: To serve as a platform to deliberate on innovative technologies and solutions which shall help in creating robust mechanisms for developing sustainable and resilient solutions for the benefit of the entire community.
  • The Vice President also launched the SHASHWAT magazine and the book ’30 Stories Beyond Buildings’ during the event

Key takeaways

  • According to the World Green Building Council data, buildings and construction account for 39% of energy-related CO2 emissions in the world.
  • India called for accelerating the process of total de-carbonization of the built environment.
  • It was also opined that roof cooling should be an area of priority for all.
  • In India, over 60% of roofs are made from metal, asbestos, and concrete – thus trapping heat inside buildings and contributing to heat island effect in urban areas.
  • Cool roofs can lower indoor temperatures by 2 to 4 degrees Celsius as compared to traditional roofs.
  • It was also observed that the implementation of Bureau of Energy Efficiency’s Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) has not been uniform across India.
  • The states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh were appreciated for taking a lead in this regard.

Important value additions

Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA)

  • It is the national rating system of India for any completed building construction.
  • GRIHA is recognised as India’s own green building rating system in India’s Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
  • Created By: It was conceived by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and developed jointly with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
  • GRIHA Council has developed the Building Fitness Indicator (BFI) tool – a free-to-use self-assessment tool that allows organizations to measure the preparedness of workplaces to prevent exposure to COVID-19.

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