August, 2021
  Message from CEO
Mr. Sanjay Seth, CEO GRIHA Council
Over the years, GRIHA Council has been hosting its Annual Summits to deliberate on prominent issues in association with nationally and internationally reputed entities such as Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA); Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE); Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE); UNSW Sydney, Australia; Australian High Commission; Royal Danish Embassy; Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). This month, we initiate preparations for the GRIHA Event 2021.

To combat the onslaught of the economy by COVID-19, countries are developing and implementing a range of expansionary fiscal and monetary measures. Someconcerns have become pertinent to this process of economic recovery, the primary being how the economic stimulus can be made “green”. Pursuant to this, the theme for this year’s event is “Restoring a Green Economy” with the aim that it will generate a dialogue about taking decisive steps to go beyond the conventional GDP and measure it inclusive of green development.

I am equally pleased to share that with the pandemic easing and the vaccination drive gaining momentum, we have not only returned to our workplace albeit in a staggered manner, but are soon going to move into our new premises at the India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi. I look forward to welcoming you to the new office of GRIHA Council.
  Inviting articles for the 8th edition of Shashwat-Let Nature Be, GRIHA Annual Magazine
The Annual Magazine of GRIHA Council "Shashwat - Let Nature Be", is released every year. It also has an ISSN number for its online version- (ISSN - 2581-9291). Its previous issues had themes such as, 'Sustainable is Affordable’, 'Fostering Partnerships for Sustainable Habitats', 'Approach to Integrated Sustainability' and 'Rejuvenating Resilient Habitats'. It encompasses articles, interviews, testimonials and blogs from experts with diverse backgrounds who have significantly contributed to new areas of research in the domain of Sustainability.

This year, GRIHA Council extends an invitation to you for contributing an article in the 8th edition of the magazine, with the theme - 'Restoring Green Economy'. A green economy is a resource-efficient, low carbon and socially inclusive. Within this type of economy, income growth and employment would be driven by both public and private investments that reduce carbon emissions, enhance resource efficiency and prevent the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services.

The article must be submitted through email to marking a copy to with the subject line: Article for Shashwat, latest by 16th of August, 2021.
  GRIHA Certified Professional Examination on V. 2019
Registrations for the GRIHA Certified Professional Examination on version 2019 scheduled on 20th August,2021 are now open. More details such eligibility, examination format, validity and calendar for the year 2021-22 can be referred on

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  TERI-IWA Water Sustainability Awards
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in association with the International Water Association (IWA), has constituted 'The TERI-IWA Water Sustainability Awards' to facilitate the efforts contributing to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDG 6).

United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals recognize water as the key element of sustainable development by setting a dedicated global goal for water. Goal 6 of SDGs, further specifies targets to be achieved by 2030. In India, water acts as a backbone of livelihood to more than 70% of the population engaged in the agriculture sector. Also, approximately 10-15% of the population is engaged in industries directly dependent on water such as textile, leather, food processing, etc. Water, therefore, has a multitude of linkages with the country's economic health. Furthermore, through its role in food security, energy security, and health, water ensures the right to life for all citizens.

Hence, it is necessary that all the stakeholders equally share the responsibility of water management, water use efficiency, and water conservation, to facilitate the achievement of water security for all. Encouragement and recognition would be an effective way to build the culture of water resource protection and conservation.
  SVAGRIHA Four Star Rating awarded to Construction of Shopping Complex for Mahalaxmi Jagdamba Mata Mandir
The project has demonstrated 114.39W/m2 thermal efficiency of the building envelope, which is less than the final benchmark of 135W/m2. 99. Moreover, 72% of the total living area is day-lit. 55.07% of building water demand has been reduced by installing low flow plumbing fixtures and rainwater storage tank of 25,000 litres was constructed on site. Vermi-compositing was provided to treat 100% of organic waste generated on site.
  GRIHA Four Star Rating awarded to U. N. Mehta Institute of Cardiology & Research Centre (Paediatric Cardiac Hospital Building)
The project has demonstrated 68.6% reduction in energy consumption compared to GRIHA benchmark. 55% of building water demand has been reduced by installing low flow plumbing fixtures and 72.89% of water savings was achieved in landscape water requirement through use of highly irrigation system. Furthermore, 44.41% of the habitable spaces are day lit and meet the daylight factors prescribed by the National Building Code of India.
  GRIHA Three Star Provisional Rating awarded to Construction of New Income Tax Building
The project has demonstrated 33.4% reduction in energy consumption compared to GRIHA benchmark. 68.16% of building water demand has been reduced by installing low flow plumbing fixtures and 67% of water savings was achieved in landscape water requirement through use of highly irrigation system. Furthermore, 67.5% of the habitable spaces are day lit and meet the daylight factors prescribed by the National Building Code of India.
  New products have been enlisted in the GRIHA product catalogue
Company name: Sunshine
Product name: Full Body Vitrified Tiles, Glaze Vitrified Tiles, Porcelain Tiles, Ceramic Floor Tiles
Product typology: Flooring
Company name: Superlite AAC Blocks Industry
Product name: Autoclaved Aerated Concrete Blocks
Product typology: Fly-ash bricks/AAC Blocks
  Editor's choice
Climate change is real: 600-900% excess rain in many Maharashtra districts
More than 70 people have been killed due to landslides and other flood-related incidents in Maharashtra, according to media reports, as the southwest monsoon has become extremely active after a long break that ended July 13, 2021. The rainfall is being caused by an off-shore region of extended low pressure known as a ‘trough’. This trough runs from the Gujarat coast to the Kerala coast and mainly induces rainfall along the western Indian coast. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that it may remain active for the next two to three days. It is subsidiary to the main monsoon trough which lies across the north Indian plains, with its western end in Rajasthan and the eastern end dipping into the north Bay of Bengal.
10-Yo Makes Eco-Friendly Paper From Peels of Onion, Garlic & Potatoes
An eco-activist and a Class 6 student of Vibgyor High BTM, Bengaluru, Manya spends her time campaigning for nature conservation. Having grown up among the greenery of her grandmother’s house, Manya has always possessed a love for nature. As she saw the mounting problem of garbage in the city, she knew she had to do something about it.

Ever since, she started hosting walkathons for children, created a blog to sensitise people about environment conservation, and has even authored five books on the theme of nature. Recently, Manya hosted a clean-up drive at Markonahalli Dam & Varca beach to combat the problem of incessant garbage pollution. She was also recognised by India Book of Records for being the youngest to make animated short films to spread awareness in 2020.

During the course of her summer holidays, Manya came up with a unique method to save tonnes of trees at zero cost. Using this method, just 10 onion peels can be used to make 2-3 A4 size papers.

My Heart Attack Led Me To Turn A Barren Patch Of Land Into An Eco-Friendly Homestay
Nestled in the Sahyadri mountain ranges is an eco-friendly homestay, where one can find themselves surrounded by a 360-degree view of green landscapes while sipping on a cup of joe. Fluffy clouds glide past every now and then, and the whistling of birds and insects occasionally punctures the air.

There’s no cell phone network or WiFi to disturb the tranquillity. The homestay, Banyan Bliss, sounds like it might be in the middle of nowhere, but is in fact only a two-hour drive from Mumbai and Pune to Vasunde village.

The homestay offers a glimpse of a life of sustainability. The rooms are located right under the expanding branches of a 100-year-old banyan tree that sits on the edge of a hill in Khopoli.
  The GRIHA Trophy at the 63rd Annual NASA Convention (Virtual event) on 22nd March 2021
The GRIHA Trophy architectural design competition is organized every year in collaboration with NASA. This year 2020-21, the Trophy brief required the student to design a sustainable affordable housing for EWS group. The design for a EWS dwelling typically comprises an all-weather single unit or a unit in a multi-storeyed super structure having a carpet area of up to 30 square meters per dwelling unit. The site is located in New Delhi.

Total 25 colleges from all over India submitted their entries for the competition. Out of these 10 entries were shortlisted for Jury which was conducted on 22nd March, 2021. During the jury, students presented innovative design solutions for affordable housing. The designs demonstrated planning strategies as well as sustainability solutions stressing on low impact strategies. These strategies were substantiated with wind and energy analysis to inform the form and function of spaces. Student teams incorporated the various parameters of sustainability such as waste, water management, material selection and occupant comfort into their designs as well.

The winners of GRIHA Trophy was announced on 04th July. Indian Education society's college of Architecture, Mumbai was the winner, followed by two special mentions TKM College of Engineering, Kollam, Kerala and M.N.I.T. (Deemed University), Jaipur
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