ADaRSH (Association for Development and Research on Sustainable Habitat)

ADaRSH has been jointly formed by the MNRE (Ministry of New and Renewable Energy) and TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) to help promote GRIHA. It is a platform to facilitate a pan-India, on-going interaction and networking between building professionals, developers, and government officials. It was formally launched on 4 January 2010 at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, on the occasion of the first GRIHA National Conference.

GRIHA is a 'green building, design & performance evaluation system', and is suitable for all kinds of buildings in different climate zones of India. GRIHA has been included in the CPWD Works Manual 2007 under Chapter 1, Section-6 as 6.18 titled 'Green Building Norms'. All CPWD (Central Public Works Department) constructions have to undergo internal certification by its own officers and follow the GRIHA rating system.

GRIHA is being promoted by the MNRE under its scheme on 'Energy Efficient Solar/Green Buildings'. The MNRE has also declared that the first 100 government/public sector buildings shall be exempted from paying registration-cum-rating fee if they go for the GRIHA certification.

Contact details

ADaRSH - Sustainable Habitats Division, TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute), Bhishma Pitamah Marg, 1st Floor, A - 260, Defence colony, New Delhi - 110024
Phone - (+91 11) 46444500/24339606-08 | Email:


The Energy and Resource Institute

TERI was formally established in 1974. TERI has been working towards providing innovative cost-effective solutions in the fields of energy and environment for the global sustainable development The Institute under its sustainable habitat division has been working on issues related to sustainable urban development and has been consistently delivering solutions to enable design and development of sustainable habitats at both macro and micro levels.

TERI has been actively working in states and cities to mainstream sustainable habitat/building design guidelines and regulations at the building level to help design greener buildings through integrated design approach, adoption of innovative technological solutions and passive principles, and retrofit of existing buildings for them to be converted into green buildings.

TERI was a member of the expert committee constituted to develop the Energy Conservation Building Code of India and was also represented in the expert committee for the formulation of the National Building Code of India 2005.

Contact details

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) - Darbari Seth Block, IHC Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi - 110003, India
Tel. (+91 11) 2468 2100 and 41504900 | Fax (+91 11) 2468 2144 and 2468 2145 | Email:


Sustainability Initiatives

Sustainability Initiatives is a trust registered in Pune, formed by a group of like-minded professionals in the field of urban and environmental planning, architecture, environmental science and energy. Sustainability Initiatives is formed with the objective of creating a network of researchers, academicians and professionals who will develop core research in the area of energy, environment and sustainable development.

The three broad functional areas under which Sustainability Initiatives will conduct its various projects and activities are:

  • Knowledge Creation through Research & Publications
  • Knowledge Dissemination through Training and Education programmes
  • Advocacy for governmental policy support and specific research

Contact details

Sustainability Initiatives - 5 Agarkar Bhavan, L B Shastri road, Navi Peth, Pune 411030, Maharashtra.
Phone: +91-20-40198888/807 | Fax: +91-20-40198801 | Email:


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