Newsletter | January 2018
  GRIHA Council signs MoU with PWD, Government of Maharashtra
GRIHA Council signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Public Works Department (PWD), Government of Maharashtra (GoM) on January 6, 2018, for promotion and implementation of GRIHA in Maharashtra. The MoU was signed by Shri Ajit Sagane, Secretary (Works), PWD, GoM and Shri Sanjay Seth, Chief Executive Officer, GRIHA Council, in the presence of Hon'ble Minister, Public Works, Shri Chandrakant Patil, and other senior officials of PWD and GRIHA Council.
  It is a myth that green buildings cost more; sustainable is affordable, says Mr. Sanjay Seth, CEO, GRIHA Council
Mr. Sanjay Seth, Chief Executive Officer, GRIHA Council, spoke to Mint Money about green buildings. Pollution has become a big issue in India. The issue also led to a major controversy when the international cricket team of Sir Lanka went off the field alleging that conditions were unplayable due to poor air quality of Delhi. There are many things that contribute to poor environment. Apart from vehicles, some of the major sources of air pollution are construction activity and energy emissions from buildings. In fact, when the Delhi government announced emergency measures last year to control air pollution, one of the measures was to impose a ban on construction activity. While pollution in Delhi makes the headlines, it is a serious concern across the country. This is where green buildings come in as they can play a significant role in reducing pollution.
  GRIHA Three Star Provisional Rating awarded to Woodsville Phase I, Pune
The project has demonstrated compliance with all the mandatory requirements of ECBC 2007 and the EPI of the project was simulated as 31.72 kWh/m2/year, implying 69.66% reductions in EPI from the benchmark. Solar hot water system to suffice 100% hot water requirement has been installed, thus reducing the consumption of energy generated from non-renewable sources. The other salient features of the project were 51.64% reduction in building water consumption by installing low flow fixtures, 100% storm water run-off from roof is being recharged into the ground through recharge pits, more than 85% of total living area is day lit, 16.29% and 33% of cement is replaced with fly ash by weight in structural and plaster/masonry work respectively and so on.
  Two new products enlisted in the GRIHA product catalogue
Dulux Professional Weathershield E1000
GRIHA V 2/3: 5,14
GRIHA V 2015: 3,8
Dulux Professional Weathershield Flexx
GRIHA V 2/3: 5,14
GRIHA V 2015: 3,8
2 new products from Akzo Nobel India Ltd. have been added under the category of High SRI external paints/ tiles.
  GRIHA Certified Professional and Evaluator Exam Calendar 2018 announced
  The GRIHA Certified Professionals or GRIHA CP are a cadre of professional from diverse fields, who are equipped with the knowledge of the GRIHA rating system and GRIHA Evaluators are subject matter experts and professionals who evaluate the assigned projects after qualifying the GRIHA Examination. GRIHA Council reaches out to these professionals for criteria evaluation according to their expertise.
  GRIHA training program organized
Awareness program on GRIHA for Affordable Housing
Date: 16th January 2018
3-Day GRIHA V 2015 Training Programme at Ahmedabad
Date: 17th- 19th January, 2018
Students Training Programme on Green Building Materials
Date: 22nd January, 2018
  Upcoming GRIHA training program
Venue Dates
Hyderabad 21st- 23rd February 2018
Kolkata 14th - 16th March 2018
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Report on environment ranks India among bottom five of 180 countries, warns of public health crisis
The Environmental Performance Index study said India had made ‘little progress’ to efforts to tackle air pollution as compared to China. In two years, India dropped 36 ranks to reach the bottom five in 2018 in a list that measures the environmental performance of 180 countries. The list was prepared by Yale University and Columbia University in collaboration with the World Economic Forum.
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