India's existing built environment has immense potential and can be anchored towards achieving energy efficiency, reduced water demands and climate change solutions at large. Innovative transformation strategies for the existing buildings can help take decisive steps towards improving the overall environmental performance of the building. There are immense benefits of improving the sustainability aspects of existing buildings; chief among them being enhancing the building's merits and enhanced user comforts.
The goal behind sustainably retrofitting an existing building is to re-create a high-performance structure by ensuring that the original key design objectives are intact. Additionally, the building then becomes less costly to operate and provides a better, healthier and more comfortable environment for its inhabitants. Improved indoor environmental quality and daylight ingress, along with measures to control glare and noise pollution enhances occupant health and productivity. Further upgrades for accessibility, safety and security enhance the overall appeal of an existing building, while visual displays and training programs contribute towards spreading awareness. The cross cutting benefits of renovations and retrofits for existing buildings can significantly enhance the adaptability and resilience of the facility in the long run.
The 10th Regional GRIHA Summit, with the theme - Transformation strategies for built environment is aligned to focus on the challenges and pragmatic approach of incorporating sustainability initiatives into functioning of public buildings. The one day summit will create an opportunity to embark on multi-stakeholder partnerships; serve as a platform for knowledge sharing among different domains of the green building industry and facilitate networking opportunities among individuals representing government, academia, civil society organizations, architecture, engineering, and construction management sector.