December, 2020
Mr. Sanjay Seth, CEO GRIHA Council
As we look back on the tumultuous year 2020, I am pleased to see the response of the GRIHA Council team, who have risen to the challenge of embracing the new normal of remote presence and virtual connectivity. It is therefore with pleasure that I announce the first ever GRIHA Virtual Summit, on the 15 th and 16 th of December.

This year’s theme, “Rejuvenating Resilient Habitats”, centres on preparedness and the need to build infrastructure that is resilient in the event of disaster, both natural and man-made. Now more than ever it is imperative to strike a balance between social development and economic growth so that a normal is defined and unsustainable systems are reinvented in the face of climate change and a global pandemic. The Summit will additionally provide a platform for the launch of GRIHA version 2019, a more sensitized approach towards accessing sustainability as it applies to buildings. Even though we are unable to meet in person for the Summit this year, we at GRIHA look forward to interacting with you on a virtual platform.

On behalf of the GRIHA Council and our partners, I invite you all to the GRIHA Virtual Summit and wish you merry Christmas and a brighter New Year.
  12th GRIHA Summit- Rejuvenating Resilient Habitats
The 12th edition of India’s Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment Council’s annual flagship event will be held from 15th to 16th December, 2020 on a virtual platform. The GRIHA Summit will bring together key stakeholders to discuss and deliberate on furthering the sustainable habitat agenda in India.

The GRIHA Summit is a platform to host experts from industry, finance policy & consumers to develop and drive new initiatives; provide insights and showcase sustainable products and green business opportunities. It also facilitates sharing of international best practices from all across the world to elicit practical applications that are most relevant in the Indian context.

Over the years, the GRIHA Summit has drawn interest of the government, industry, building practitioners, developers, academia and other relevant stakeholders who have either participated in it or partnered with GRIHA Council. The GRIHA Summit has offered various technical sessions on sustainable building policies, tools & techniques and exhibitions showcasing sustainable building materials, construction practices and technologies.
  Inaugural Session
Dr. Ajay Mathur, President, GRIHA Council announced that the 12th edition of the GRIHA Summit with the theme ‘Rejuvenating Resilient Habitats’ will be inaugurated by Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, Hon’ble Vice President of India on 15th December, 2020 at 1000 hrs. Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Hon’ble Minister of State (I/C) for Housing & Urban Affairs and Civil Aviation; Hon’ble Minister of State for Commerce and Industry will be the Guest of Honor.

We will have a presentation of The Hon. Barry O’Farrell AO, High Commissioner to India, Australian High Commissioner in India; H. E. Mr. Freddy Svane, Ambassador, Royal Danish Embassy in India and Mr. Amit Dasgupta, Strategic Advisor, UNSW India in the ‘Setting the Theme session’. This would be followed by a technical session on ‘Sustainable Buildings for Atmanirbhar Bharat’.
  Technical Session I: Sustainable Buildings for Atmanirbhar Bharat
Self-reliance in the building and construction industry is the need of the hour. Now more than ever we are realizing the devastating impacts of unsustainable practices in the construction industry.

While the various financial schemes under Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan offer more liquidity to building owners and developers, it is that onus on members of the building fraternity to facilitate context driven responses that are locally viable and beneficial to all stakeholders. By looking inwards, we can harness the immense knowledge that has traditionally existed in our nation be it in the way we construct or what ‘material’ we use to construct with.

This session would deliberate on the need for development of self-reliant buildings in the present scenario and how making the buildings sustainable would contribute in the achievement of the government’s vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat.
  Technical Session II: Building Smart using Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Construction industry has evolved tremendously in the last few decades and technological advancements have been big contributors in the growth. Adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) in the construction sector has added another dimension to the planning, designing, construction and monitoring of not just building projects but in the development of smart cities as well.

This session is designed to give an overview of the BIM systems that offer intelligent solutions to create smart buildings and cities.
  Mindfulness session
In the face of a global pandemic many of us have found it challenging to keep ourselves focused and in control of our emotions. COVID-19 has clouded our consciousness with a sense of vulnerability, resulting in increased levels of anxiety, fatigue, low-self reliability and depression. It is therefore of utmost importance to keep ourselves motivated and look after our mental health. This session has been designed to help us develop a skilful mind and a sense of focus and well-being that can help maintain control and awareness of our thoughts, emotions, and presence in the moment.
  Eminent Speakers of 12th GRIHA Summit

Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu
Hon’ble Vice President of India

Shri Hardeep Singh Puri
Hon’ble Minister of State (I/C)
for Housing & Urban Affairs &
Civil Aviation, Hon’ble Minister
of State for Commerce and Industry

Mr. Durga Shankar Mishra
Secretary, Ministry of Housing
and Urban Affairs (MoUHA)

H. E. Mr. Freddy Svane
Ambassador, Royal Danish Embassy
in India

H.E The Hon. Barry
O'Farrell AO

High Commissioner, Australian High
Commissioner to India

Mr. Amit Dasgupta
Strategic Advisor India Engagement
at UNSW Sydney at UNSW

Mr. Saurabh Kumar
Executive Vice Chairman, EESL Group
at Energy Efficiency Services Limited

Mr. Habeeb Khan
President, Council of Architecture

Mr. Getambar Anand
Chairman, CREDAI National and
Chairman & Managing Director, ATS
Infrastructure Limited

Ar. Parul Zaveri
Founder, Abhikram, Ahmedabad

Mr. Fredrick Royan
Vice President/Global Leader,
Sustainability and Circular Resource
Economy ATLAS at Frost & Sullivan

Mr. Ben Huskisson
Director, Gleeds

Mr. Kunal Kumar
Joint Secretary & Mission Director,
Smart Cities

SDr. Amarnath CB
Founder & PresidentIndia BIM
Association & Head BIM strategy (L&T)

Major Deepshikha Gupta

Senior Counsellor
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